The 2010 Greenest Block in Brooklyn to Be Revealed Wednesday, August 4 at 10 a.m.
Press Conference to Take Place on Winning Block; Location to Be Disclosed Tuesday, August 3
Release Date: July 28, 2010DATE: Wednesday, August 4, 2010
TIME: 10 a.m.
WHAT: GreenBridge, the community environmental horticulture program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, announces the winners of the 16th annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. This year more than 220 blocks from over 20 neighborhoods participated in this borough-wide greening effort.
Contest winners were selected through a rigorous, weeks-long process by an expert panel of judges that included Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff, metro area horticulture professionals, gardening journalists, and representatives from other New York City greening organizations.
First prize is a $300 check for each top residential and commercial block winner. All other finalists will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200. Best Window Box, Greenest Storefront, Best Street Tree Beds, and Best Community Garden Streetscape winners will receive cash prizes or gardening tools, and all participants will be awarded a certificate of recognition.
WHERE: The press conference will be held at the winning block—stay tuned for notification on Tuesday, August 3. For more information, contact BBG’s Communications Department at 718-623-7241.
WHO: Contest participants, urban greening enthusiasts, and other city residents are expected to attend. Remarks will be made by Scot Medbury, president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Marilyn Gelber, executive director of the Brooklyn Community Foundation; and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
The contest is coordinated in cooperation with Borough President Marty Markowitz and receives major support from the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
ABOUT GREENBRIDGE: Committed to helping improve the urban landscape, GreenBridge promotes urban greening through education, conservation, and creative partnerships. GreenBridge works with block associations, community gardens, and other service groups to build a vibrant network of people, places, and projects dedicated to making Brooklyn a greener place.
Celebrating its centennial in 2010, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an independent nonprofit institution committed to education, research, and the display of horticulture. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 12,000 kinds of plants and hosts more than 725,000 visitors annually.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Garden is closed on Mondays. Regular admission is $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (65 and older) and students with ID. Children under 12, all school groups, and Garden members are admitted free at all times. Seniors are admitted free all day Friday, and the Garden is free to the public all day on Tuesdays and until noon on Saturdays (except Saturdays of major Public Programs). For directions, please visit bbg.org/visit/directions.