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National gardening group moving different Vt. town

1/8/2013 5:30 AM
By Associated Press

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.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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