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Lamar Miller (from left), Dan Steiner and Steven Stutzman, volunteers from MDC Goldenrod, planted impatiens on Friday, May 17, 2013, in Middlebury's Garden with a Cause, which this year focuses on autism. (Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)

Helpers from MDC Goldenrod (from left) Rosie Yoder, Melvin Voran, Lamar Miller, Steven Stutzman and Dan Steiner planted impatiens on Friday, May 17, 2013, in Middlebury’s Garden with a Cause, which this year focuses on autism. (Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)

Lamar Miller (from left), Dan Steiner and Steven Stutzman, volunteers from MDC Goldenrod, planted impatiens on Friday, May 17, 2013, in Middlebury's Garden with a Cause, which this year focuses on autism. (Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)
Autism focus of Garden with a Cause

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.