Summer Wellness Initiative to Promote Education and Healthy Living Through Gardening; Symbolize Queens’ Recovery from Tumultuous 2020

(August 5, 2020 at 4:07pm)

QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, the Queens Botanical Garden and additional key partners will announce the launch of the “Queens Summer Seeds 2020” program — a cross-borough initiative to promote wellness, encourage healthy living and build a brighter future for our families through gardening — on Thursday, August 6 at 11:00AM at the Queens Botanical Garden Farm in Flushing. 

Media interested in attending the socially distanced press conference can access the Queens Botanical Garden via the Parking Garden at 42-80 Crommelin Street. Masks are required.  

To symbolize rebirth and recovery following the unprecedented challenges our borough has faced thus far in 2020 — while providing Queens residents with an educational, stress-releasing activity to enjoy in a summer where options for leisure are limited — a total of 2,020 seed planter kits will be distributed across more than a dozen organizations and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) communities throughout Queens with either active gardens or similar wellness initiatives.

Each partner will also receive personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizers along with the seed planter sets, as the borough’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic hinges on remaining vigilant to maximize safety.

Financial support for the program was provided by Borough President Lee, while the seed planter sets were secured by the Queens Botanical Garden, which opened its doors to the public on July 21 as part of Phase 4 of New York City’s reopening.

WHAT:          Announcement and Distribution of “Queens Summer Seeds 2020”

WHEN:          Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:00AM

WHERE:       Queens Botanical Garden Farm, 42-80 Crommelin Street in Flushing

WHO:             SHARON LEE, Acting Queens Borough President

                        SUSAN LACERTE, Queens Botanical Garden Executive Director

                        Community Groups

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