Last week, Syngenta Flowers, Inc ., announced it was donating 1,400 potted plants valued at $10,000 to four nonprofit organizations in the Greensboro, N.C., area.
Friends with Flowers, Greensboro Beautiful, Greensboro Housing Authority and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro received their first potted plants during a community reception, hosted by Syngenta on April 25, at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The flowers and reception were part of Syngenta’s Crop Demonstration Days, an invitation-only event that Syngenta hosts for its North American customers, industry partners, community leaders and 1,100 North Carolina employees.
Approximately 1,400 potted plants 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.