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REF NO.: 218

SUBJECT: Memorial Botanical Garden radio show helps gardens grow

DATE: July 6,2012

The most useful tool in a local gardener’s arsenal isn’t a trowel – it’s a radio.
The staff of the Memorial University Botanical Garden is now offering advice and expertise twice a week on local AM radio channel VOWR 800. Tune in on Wednesdays at 12:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. for timely tips about gardening in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The show will feature the botanical garden’s knowledgeable employees along with a wide range of special guests.
“There are so many great local organizations with information to share,” said Anne Madden, education co-ordinator at the botanical garden. “Our volunteer group, Friends of the Garden, will also help out, and believe me, they’ve got some of the most impressive gardens in the city.”
The botanical garden is taking over the segment from another gardening dynamo, Ross Traverse of Traverse Gardens, who recently retired from the show.
“We plan to pick up where Ross left off, answering questions and helping gardeners make the most of the growing season,” explained Ms. Madden. 
It’s a good fit for the botanical garden, which is located at 306 Mount Scio Rd. in St. John’s.
“Our mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation and conservation of plants – the radio show is a natural extension of our other educational programs, including our summer camps, workshops and school programs.”
VOWR can be heard on the AM dial at 800 (on the Avalon Peninsula), online by visiting VOWR’s website (www.vowr.org/), on Rogers digital television on channel 945 and on Bell Aliant digital cable. Questions and feedback for Garden Time can be emailed to bgprograms@mun.ca. Please provide a return address with your question so you can receive a small token of appreciation from the botanical garden.
For more information on the Memorial University Botanical Garden’s programs and events visit www.mun.ca/botgarden.

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For more information, contact Anne Madden, education co-ordinator, MUN Botanical Garden, Memorial University, at amadden@mun.ca, 709-864-8590 or fax 709-864-8596.

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