The Garden Conservancy saves more than gardens

With a growing awareness of the limitations of natural resources and the impact of our activities on global sustainability, the Garden Conservancy, a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting exceptional American gardens for public education and enjoyment, will change the way it prints its national Open Days directory.

The Directory reaches nearly 20,000 persons each year, generating 75,000 garden visits.

The new printing process includes the use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper, vegetable dye-based inks, and 100% wind power. The environmental benefits of this commitment to renewable resources are equal to planting 577 trees and a savings of almost 11,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.

“We hope to send a message to our national audience that there are alternatives to how we use our natural resources every day and to give them a positive example through our Open Days Directory,” says Laura Mumaw Palmer, director of the Open Days program. “We think we have made a meaningful first step and plan to continue to find ways to conserve our natural resources as we bring Open Days and our preservation projects to the public.”

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program has been the catalyst in sharing America’s best private gardens since 1995. Our 2008 season features more than 300 gardens across 14 states, and serves as the primary educational outreach for The Garden Conservancy’s mission to preserve exceptional American gardens.

The Open Days Directory ($21.95 including shipping and handling) provides descriptions of gardens, visiting dates and hours, as well as driving directions to private gardens from coast to coast. The Directory also includes one free admission ticket to any Open Days private garden, a $5 value. To purchase a Directory or to join the Garden Conservancy as a member and receive a free copy, call 1-888-842-2442 or www.opendaysprogram.org.

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program
P.O. Box 219
11 Old Postal Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516
PH: (845) 265-5384/FX: (845) 265-5392
www.gardenconservancy.org
www.opendaysprogram.org

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