SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The National Gardening Association is staying in Vermont — it's just changing the scenery.
After a decade in South Burlington, the association is moving to Williston by mid-February.
The organization is leaving South Burlington-owned Wheeler Nature Park, as well as a partnership to develop the natural area. The park has some themed gardens, trails, and an Abenaki wigwam; there were plans for additional gardens and an event barn.
The association leases 14 acres and the farm house from the city for $1 a year. But association Vice President Elizabeth Metraux tells the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/TGjd7M ) it's spent more than $450,000 on property improvements.
Metraux said the move will allow the association to focus on its core mission of promoting backyard and school gardens, local food production and environmental sustainability.
Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com