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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

May 12, 2003


Charlotte, NC - Emily Revels, an agent with Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, was among contributors honored recently with a national award for contributions to the N.C. Cooperative Extension's Successful Gardener newsletter.

Successful Gardener provides timely, research-based horticultural information tailored to North Carolina. The newsletter won the 2003 Garden Globe Award of Achievement in the newsletter, bulletin and brochure category. The annual award is presented by the Garden Writers Association, an international organization of more than 1,800 professional communicators in the lawn and garden industry.

"This is the benchmark for excellence in horticultural communications," says Nona Wolfram-Koivula, president of GWA and executive director of the National Garden Bureau. "These recipients are the cream of the crop. When they write or talk about gardening, people listen."

Cooperative Extension's Successful Gardener, published 10 times per year, is part of a statewide horticultural program designed to help North Carolinians increase their knowledge of gardening, manage their landscape investment and protect the environment. Garden centers across the state distribute the newsletter, and it is available by subscription. For information, call 704-336-2561 or visit the Web site

Leah Chester-Davis, an Extension specialist in N.C. State University's Department of Communication Services, is editor and project coordinator. Agents from 20 counties contribute articles.

An outreach program of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University, Cooperative Extension helps people put research-based knowledge to work for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and an improved quality of life. Extension's work is supported by county, state and federal governments.

Another publication affiliated with N.C. State University, the Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum Newsletter, was also honored in the competition. The newsletter highlighted the history of the nationally acclaimed 8-acre arboretum, home to the most diverse collection of cold-hardy temperate zone plants in the southeastern United States. The arboretum, in Raleigh, is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offers free public tours at 2 p.m. on Sundays from April to October.

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