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Autism focus of Garden with a Cause

Autism awareness is the focus of a garden in Middlebury.
Miriam Nowak
Posted on May. 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

MIDDLEBURY — Clients of MDC Goldenrod on Friday helped plant Middlebury’s “Garden with a Cause” in Krider Gardens, featuring an Autism ribbon.

The 1,248 multi-colored impatiens in the garden were grown in a greenhouse at MDC Goldenrod. The faith-based ministry works to improve the quality of life for clients dealing with developmental disabilities.

The multi-colored ribbon represents a puzzle and reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope – that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and appropriate treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.

The Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department worked with MDC Goldenrod in Middlebury to bring this garden to fruition. Middlebury Parks plants a Garden with a Cause every year to support and bring awareness to a cause or charity.

The garden is near the entrance of Krider Gardens, 302 W. Bristol Ave.



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