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First Establish Planting Completed at McIntire Botanical Garden

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Volunteers gathering at the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville Volunteers gathering at the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville
Dorothy Tompkins Dorothy Tompkins
Volunteers establishing the first plants at the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville Volunteers establishing the first plants at the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville
Volunteers establishing the first plants at the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville Volunteers establishing the first plants at the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The first planting is now complete on site of the future McIntire Botanical Garden.

Volunteers with the McIntire Botanical Board gathered at the garden space Wednesday morning to plant a native black gum tree, as well as shrubs and perennials.

The garden is located on the north east corner of McIntire Park, at the intersection of Melbourne Road and the John Warner Parkway.

The board says the community can have free reign at the garden.

"This is a garden for the people. It will be open to the public and free of charge. We are emphasizing native plants and native ecosystems so that we hope that people will come to appreciate what's all around them," said Dorothy Tompkins, member of the McIntire Botanical Garden Board.

The McIntire Botanic Garden will sit on 8.5 acres of the park, with a part of it expected to open in late 2018.

Release from the McIntire Botanical Garden:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - A group of volunteers and members of the McIntire Botanical Garden Board will gather Wednesday, December 14, starting at 9 a.m. to plant a small flower bed - the first established planting - on the site in Charlottesville's McIntire Park where the future Garden will be located. A native Black Gum tree, shrubs and perennials, all donated by generous supporters, will be arranged around the existing MBG sign at the intersection of Melbourne Road and the John W. Warner Parkway.

In March 2015, Charlottesville City Council approved a schematic plan for eastern McIntire Park that included the McIntire Botanical Garden on 8.5 acres of the park's property. The McIntire Botanical Garden Board and the City signed a Memorandum of Agreement later that year which delineated shared responsibilities for planning, designing, building and operating the Garden. It is expected that some part of the Garden will be open in late 2018.

The Garden's mission is to cultivate a public garden that reflects the unique character of the Piedmont region while promoting knowledge, enjoyment and conservation of native and site adapted plants through display, education and research. The McIntire Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. More information is available at mcintirebotanicalgarden.org or by emailing info@mcintirebotanicalgarden.org.

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