America’s Anniversary Gardens
Fairfax County Office of
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
April 7, 2006
America’s Anniversary Gardens:
A Whole New Way to Plant Our Flag
The Fairfax County Virginia 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee invites you to join in the celebration of our country’s 400th anniversary by planting an American flag in your yard. Beginning this spring and into 2007, patriotically colored red, white and blue flowers will bloom across Virginia to commemorate the settlement of Jamestown in 1607.
To support the commemoration, a committee of representatives from the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Horticulture faculty has been awarded a grant by the Jamestown 2007 committee to develop and promote a statewide theme garden. America’s Anniversary Garden includes a selection of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs in a red, white and blue color theme.
The gardens will be featured on entrance corridors throughout the state and available for purchase as a kit at garden centers for residents and tourists alike. Seasonal additions for the garden will be developed, and in 2007 expansion kits will be added to allow gardeners to expand their anniversary garden. Information about plants for home gardens, including native plants and garden designs, are available at the America’s Anniversary Garden Web site at www.ext.vt.edu/americasgarden/.
A publication detailing the plants selected, suggested planting designs and planting care instructions is available through partner organizations including the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Local Beautification Committees and Green Industry Partners. The planting designs and promotions are intended to attract new gardeners to join in the commemoration efforts all across Virginia. The design and plants were selected to provide success for even the most inexperienced gardeners in hopes that they will continue gardening long after 2007.
This theme garden will be a positive way to unify many of the proactive garden organizations throughout the state, working toward a single mission to commemorate Virginia’s rich history, beautify hometowns and promote gardening in Virginia and beyond.
For more information, visit the America’s Anniversary Garden Web site at www.ext.vt.edu/americasgarden/ or call the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Department of Horticulture at 540-231-7906, TTY 711.
Fairfax County’s 2007 Commemoration
Fairfax County’s Virginia 2007 Community Citizen Planning Committee promotes and publicizes events taking place in the county that commemorate Jamestown’s 400th anniversary.
Appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the committee represents the diversity of communities and resources in the county, including the African-American, Hispanic and American Indian communities and representatives from Fort Belvoir, Wolf Trap, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Convention and Visitors Corporation.
As an official Virginia 2007 Community, Fairfax County is participating in next year’s statewide celebrations commemorating the founding of Jamestown. Settled in 1607, Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas and is, in essence, our nation’s birthplace.
To celebrate the county’s role in the birth of our nation, the committee will publish an anthology of county history during the past 400 years. To learn more about this project or submit an entry, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/va2007.
For more information about the committee, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/opa/va2007. For more information about Jamestown 2007 and the Virginia 2007 program, visit www.americas400thanniversary.org.