Syngenta Flowers donated potted plants valued at $10,000 to four local nonprofit organizations. In a reception at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 25, Friends with Flowers, Greensboro Beautiful, Greensboro Housing Authority and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro received their first potted plants.
Approximately 1,400 potted plants, including Laser and Sierra cyclamen, Velocity salvia, Calliope geraniums and Covington and Deep Presidio pot mums, bred by Syngenta and grown by greenhouse growers, were distributed to the community organizations at the close of the event.
“Most people know Syngenta because of our commitment to feed the world,” said Keelan Pulliam, head of Syngenta Flowers, Inc. “But we’re also very committed to feeding the soul, and we do so every day through the beautiful, high-quality flowers that we breed. We’re very excited that the local community will use the plants to beautify special places like hospice gardens, nursing homes, public areas and community gardens.”
Sally Cobb, a horticultural therapist and gardener with Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, said her organization has the perfect place for the new flowers: their healing gardens. According to Cobb, the organization maintains several gardens on its seven-acre campus which patients, family members and staff use as quiet places for visits and reflection and the flowers will be well placed there.
“Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro has had a long relationship with Syngenta over the years and Syngenta has been very good to us,” Cobb states. “Thanks to this in-kind donation, we will now have new flowers to keep our gardens fresh and beautiful for all of our visitors and patients,” Cobb states.
The remaining plants also have homes throughout Greensboro. Friends with Flowers, a Greensboro organization that works with hospice agencies, including Beacon Place, Kids Path, Hospice at Wesley Long and Cone and Hospice of High Point will deliver the plants to terminally ill patients.
Greensboro Beautiful, a volunteer community organization dedicated to beautifying Greensboro public areas, will plant and maintain their flowers as part of the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, and Greensboro Housing Authority will plant the flowers at the Born Learning Trail at Claremont Courts.