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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release:
April 16, 2008
3:35 p.m.

FLOWER POWER ROCKS

CON EDISON SEEDS 1st NYC WILDFLOWER WEEK

NEW YORK It takes a wildflower to make a bird, a forest and an ecosystem. 

To celebrate the diversity of native flora thriving in the five boroughs, Con Edison is sponsoring the first New York City Wildflower Week May 3-10.

NYC Wildflower Week celebrates all things green and wild in the Big Apple -- the hundreds of native flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses that are nestled in the five boroughs. It's a weeklong event of inspired environmental learning--with dozens of free activities, walks and talks for all New Yorkers to enjoy.

Organized by the Torrey Botanical Society, there will be botanical walks in each borough, and lectures about the rich diversity of wildflowers found throughout the city and children’s day activities.

Did you know:

  • wildflowers include more than violets and asters – there are also flowering trees, shrubs, vines and grasses;
  • New York City has a higher percentage of open space than any major city in United States;
  • Staten Island is home to one of 14 patches of the rare Torrey’s mountainmint, which Con Edison helped preserve by relocating a utility pole during an installation for new electrical service; and
  • the five boroughs are home to more than 40 percent of New York State's rare and endangered plant species.

To find out more about NYC Wildflower Week activities, visit http://www.electrofork.com/NYCWW/nycwildflowerweek.org.

Con Edison supports organizations that share the company’s concern for preserving and protecting the environment through conservation and beautification projects, as well as through educational and career-development programs. It also recognizes the importance of conservation, recycling, reclamation efforts, and pollution prevention. Visit www.coned.com/thepowerofgreen or call 1-800-75CONED to find more information about going green.

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