The American Horticultural Society has announced that the recipient of its 2015 Urban Beautification Award is The Greening of Detroit. This award is given to an individual, institution, or company for significant contributions to urban horticulture and the beautification of American cities. Founded in 1989, The Greening of Detroit is a Michigan nonprofit resource agency that focuses on using city land in a way that improves quality of life, has environmental integrity, and promotes education and stewardship. Its programs seek to address some of Detroit’s most challenging issues, from unemployment to “food deserts”—areas where residents lack ready access to fresh, locally grown food. Thousands of the organization’s volunteers assist with planting trees and creating gardens in neighborhoods throughout the city each year. For more information: www.greeningofdetroit.com and www.ahs.org.
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