LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - In honor of Earth Day 2014, Laredo Community College’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center is once again offering community groups the opportunity to win free native plants for their own Earth Day events.
Between now and April 10th, schools, classes, scouting troops, clubs or organizations are invited to submit a landscape plan to the center that incorporates available native plants.
Groups can use anywhere from one to 50 plants in their landscape plan, and the list of available plants and planting suggestions can be obtained from the LBVESC.
The winning groups will receive the plants included in their plan, but winners are limited to the quantity of plants available.
Groups are encouraged to develop their plans and submit them to the LBVESC before the deadline of Thursday, April 10. The winners will be notified on Tuesday, April 15.
The contest was created by LBVESC Director Tom Miller with the aim of fostering awareness of local plant life, as well as encouraging a love of nature amongst the city’s youth.
In addition to the landscape competition, the LBVESC will host their annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center also will celebrate its 15th anniversary.
Visitors can start the day bird watching on the Paso del Indio Trail Walk, followed by a guided tour of the center. The LBVESC also will have two guest speakers during their event, Berman Rivera and Steve Salas.
Rivera will educate visitors how to grow their own vegetable garden in Laredo’s climate. Salas, an instructor with LCC’s Culinary Arts program, will teach visitors how to create nutritious meals straight from the garden.
Various native plants will be available for sale, including wild olive trees, spiny hackberry shrubs, thorn crested agave, and pipe organ cacti. Prices range depending on the plant and size.
Entrance to the center for the Earth Day Celebration is free, and door prizes will be given out. Cake and refreshments will be served in honor of the center’s anniversary.
For more information on the competition or the Earth Day Celebration, contact the LBVESC at 764-5701.