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Students learn about garden design in national competition

on Tuesday,April 27,2010 22:04

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Students looking to get some first-hand experience in garden design have a new option to flex their creative muscles thanks to the First Bloom youth garden design contest from the National Parks Service.

Students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades presented their garden designs in the form of drawings and clay models. The winning design will be determined by online public voting, and the winners will be rewarded with a trip to a national park.

Neil Mulholland, president of the National Parks Service, said that the goal of the competition is to connect students to the parks, creating an appreciation of nature that he hopes will inspire a future generation conservationists.

"All you have to do is take one look at these garden designs, and you can see the thought and care that our First Bloom kids put into these," he said. "That excitement will grow into a lifelong connection to the national parks."

Votes will be tallied up May 28, when the winner of the national competition will be announced.

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