Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Late Breaking Event: Pet Tree Program at Bristol's

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Bristol’s Garden Center to Give Away Free Trees (seedlings) to Children Through “Pet Tree” Project

Bristol’s Garden Center will give away free trees (seedlings) to children during their Annual Spring Open House April 5th and 6th. Bristol’s is embarking on this “Pet Tree” project in order to encourage families to plant a tree together as a fun family activity, and to help kids learn about the joys of nature, planting and the positive impact trees have on the environment.

“Any child who comes with a parent can choose his or her seedling on any day of our open house,” said Tom Sanna, Vice President Bristol's Garden Center. “We’re encouraging each family to take their tree home, plant it, nurture it, watch it grow, and even name it. In our experience, when a child names a tree, it personalizes it and they take even better care of it and develop a more meaningful connection with nature as they tend to their tree over time.”

Each free seedling will also come with an “adoption agreement,” which the child can complete and sign. It indicates that the child agrees to the responsibility of not only planting their very own “Pet Tree”, but taking care of it as it grows. Bristol’s encourages planting of the trees on Arbor Day (April 25) or any day. Each tree can be planted in honor of a loved one or pet who has passed away, to commemorate a birthday or new birth in the family, or simply for the joy of adding something positive and beautiful to our world.

The free seedlings will be available on April 5th and 6th, one per child when accompanied by a parent or guardian, while supplies last. “We are, obviously, all about being green at Bristol’s,” noted Sanna. “This is our gesture at making a difference in a number of ways and encouraging environmental responsibility by sponsoring a very worthwhile experience that children can enjoy, have fun with and learn from - with their parents. Our motto is ‘always growing, always caring’ and this is one way to exemplify it.”

Bristol’s Garden Center is located at 7454 Route 96 in Victor, NY, just southeast of Eastview Mall. Operating for over 20 years, Bristol’s is open year-round, stocking a wide array of trees, shrubs, houseplants, annual and perennial flowering plants, soils and
mulches, pottery and other products.

For more information about the “Pet Tree” project, contact Tom Sanna at Bristol's Garden Center at 585.924.2274 or via e-mail at

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