Media Advisory: Kick-Off Planting Party for New Community Garden Located Near Nationwide Childrens Hospital

May 13, 2011

WHAT:
Kick-Off Planting Party for New Community Garden Located Near Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Garden intended for neighbors, community of the hospital; maintained by Nationwide Children’s employees through the summer months

WHEN:
Saturday, May 14, 2011
8:30 a.m. – media opportunity
*event begins at 8 a.m., however, an 8:30 a.m. arrival time is suggested to allow for planting to get underway

WHERE:
Community Garden near Nationwide Children’s Hospital
591 Stone Ave.
Columbus, OH 43205
*garden site is located a half block east of the main hospital

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Saturday morning, staff from Nationwide Children’s, south-side community members, neighbors of the hospital and volunteers from The Home Depot – the hospital’s partner in the community garden project – will gather for a kick-off planting party marking the start of a new community garden located just a half block east of the hospital.

The garden is intended for neighbors and the entire community that surrounds the hospital, and produce grown in the garden will be donated to a local food pantry. The garden will be maintained through the summer months by Nationwide Children’s employees who have volunteered to assist with the project. It will feature an area for educational programming for groups of all ages and outdoor interests including a focus on education of healthy nutrition and lifestyle. Funding for the community garden comes from the hospital, The Home Depot and The Columbus Foundation.

During Saturday morning’s planting party, participants will plant flowers and vegetables and lay mulch. The Home Depot also will provide light programming for children in attendance of the event.

CONTACT PRIOR TO EVENT:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Media Relations
(614) 355-0495

CONTACT AT EVENT:
Stephanie Perry
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Community Relations
Cell: (614) 218-9409

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.