Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gardens Volunteers Start Fund Campaign

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gardens Volunteers Start Fund Campaign

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The Myriad Gardens volunteers citizens task force launched a campaign Tuesday to raise money and support for completion of the interior of the Myriad Gardens Botanical Tube, now known as the Crystal Bridge.

The project, which will entail the planting of tropical and sub-tropical plants, has an estimated cost of $750,000 to $1 million.

The Myriad Gardens, conceived in the early 1960's, now represents an investment in excess of $15 million by the city from both public and private funds.

A presentation of plans for the campaign were unveiled by the authority and task force members in a press conference at the Crystal Bridge.

The campaign is a concerted effort to build support for the Myriad Gardens and encourage community involvement so that the botanical gardens may bloom this Spring.

At the end of 1985, the task force raised $26,000 in contributions with the circulation of one letter, according to Virginia Austin, chairman. Over 700 volunteers signed to help at the 1986 Arts Festival held at the gardens.

The over-riding concept of the campaign, Austin said, is people working together to finally complete the gardens.

The Oklahoma City public schools are adopting the Myriad Gardens to use as a classroom and will also raise money to purchase plants for the bridge, said Dr. Arthur W. Steller, superintendent of schools.

"These are the youngsters that are going to make it happen," Steller said in comments at the campaign kick-off. He said about "40,000 students and 5,000 teachers have committed to the future of thecity."

The campaign will be sparked by canister campaigns in the schools and at the local shopping malls. Austin said other events scheduled until the Arts Festival begins on April 23 include an planting events, a garden clean-up day and a "Sunday in the Park" celebration.

To show how a minimal donation will help the gardens, the task force devised a "shopping list" of donations ranging from $25 to $300.

A minimum amount of $25 will help purchase accent shrubs to be placed on drifts of the ground covers to add variety of size and texture to the embankments. …

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