Encore Azalea Gulf Restoration Project
OHR-O’KEEFE MUSEUM OF ART CHOSEN AS RECIPIENT IN ENCORE AZALEA® GULF COAST HURRICANE RESTORATION PROJECT
Biloxi, Miss. — November 30, 2007 — Encore Azalea®, the only patented brand of azaleas to bloom in spring, summer, and fall, has chosen the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art as a recipient of its Encore Azalea® Gulf Coast Hurricane Restoration Project.
An initiative designed to aid those affected by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, the Encore Azalea® Gulf Coast Hurricane Restoration Project offers planners the opportunity to include the 23 varieties of Encore Azalea in their landscape renovation plans.
On Saturday, area residents will have a chance to view the recently planted Encore Azaleas at the special event “Celebration of Rebuilding: The Dance Begins.” The ceremony at the new museum site, 386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, will be open to the public at 10 a.m. with free admission.
The awarded Encore Azaleas were grown by Loxley, Ala.-based Flowerwood Nursery — one of nine licensed Encore Azalea growers across the Southeast and Northwest.
Twenty other cities or public spaces have submitted applications for the Encore Azalea® Gulf Coast Hurricane Restoration Project: Atmore, Al; Orange Beach, Al; Pascagoula, Ms; Bogalousa, La; Franklinton, La; Ocean Springs, Ms; Long Beach, Ms; Biloxi, Ms; Dauphin Island, Al; Long Beach, Ms; the Louisiana Political And Science Museum And Hall Of Fame, Winnfield, La; the Harrison County Courthouse, Gulfport, Ms; Renaissance Public Gardens, Diamondhead, Ms; St. Tammany Parish Library, Covington, La; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Gulfport, Ms; Covington Tammany Trace, Covington, La; Gulf Hills Rebeautification, Ocean Springs, Ms; Lsu Agricultural Center/Burden Research Center, Baton Rouge, La; and the Humane Society, Gulfport, Ms.
The only patented brand of azalea that blooms three times a year, Encore Azaleas begin blooming each spring like a traditional azalea. Once this initial blooming concludes, new shoots begin to grow and set buds. Then blooms emerge again in mid-summer and continue in many areas until first frost; a feat no other azalea can consistently achieve.
Encore Azaleas were developed and invented by plant breeder Robert E. "Buddy" Lee of Independence, La. Plant Development Services Inc. assisted with the extensive 15-year testing and selection process. Currently, PDSI manages the Encore Azalea brand and the wholesale grower group responsible for growing and distributing Encore Azaleas to local garden centers throughout the United States. Encore Azaleas are also available via the web at www.plantsbymail.com.
For more information about Encore Azalea®, visit www.EncoreAzalea.com.