Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Highlights Bamboo Collection for Annual Fall Garden Festival

For this JOU3109c assignment, I had to create a Practice News Release (PNR) for Kanapaha Botanical Garden’s annual Fall Garden Festival. This assignment was very beneficial for me because I am a Public Relations major and writing press releases is necessary for careers in PR.

KANAPAHA BOTANICAL GARDEN

4700 S.W. 58th Drive

Gainesville, FL 32608

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 19-20 2016

 

CONTACT:

Carly Rogers, Intern
Phone Number: (352) 372-4981

Fax Number: (352) 372-5892

Email: kbotanical@gmail.com

 

 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Highlights Bamboo Collection for Annual Fall Garden Festival

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Plant lovers unite! Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, home to the largest collection of bamboo in Florida, will host its annual Fall Garden Festival Nov. 19, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

The Fall Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and food.

“For a lot of the nurserymen and growers around here, this is a place where they can showcase and sell all the things they’ve been growing throughout the year,” said Alexis Caffrey, Director of Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

All kinds of plants will be for sale, such as bamboo, crape myrtle, magnolias, and azaleas. Twenty food booths including typical fair food, and Greek, Soul, and Vegetarian food will also be available.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages three to 13. Children can plant and take home a flowering plant, complimentary of Hatchett Creek Nursery and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens.

Main stage performances are scheduled for an hour on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. On Sunday, performances are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 62-acre Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is the second largest and most diverse botanical garden in the state. Built around Lake Kanapaha, the park features twenty-four gardens, including the largest herb garden in the South. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is operated by the North Florida Botanical Society, a non-profit educational organization.

For more information about Kanapaha Botanical Gardens or the Fall Garden Festival, visit http://www.kanapaha.org or https://www.facebook.com/kanapaha/.

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Gainesville Construction Worker Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Chest

This JOUC3109c assignment was to create a news story based on the information given to us by our instructor. This assignment allowed us to practice this form of writing and to practice our AP Style skills.

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla.- Daniel Harper, a Gainesville construction worker for Lean On Us Builders, is lucky for the outcome of his unlucky incident.

On October 3rd, Harper, 52, was laying shingles down on a roof of a new home site when his nail gun jammed. He tried to fix it by gripping the gun between his knees and pulling the bent nail out. While trying to remove the four-inch nail, the gun went off.

“It was about a foot away and it went right into my chest, right into my heart,” said Harper.

Harper’s coworker, 28-year-old Jerry Reeker, heard him scream and saw him grip his chest. He immediately knew what had happened and instructed Harper to stay still as he called 911 from his cell phone.

“I didn’t have time to be scared. I just went into automatic drive and tried to get Daniel help,” said Reeker.

“He did the right thing by not trying to remove the nail himself,” said Dr. Terrell Walker, cardiac surgeon at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. “His friend did the right thing by getting medical attention immediately.”

The nail pierced Harper’s right ventricle, which supplies blood to the lungs, and Harper went into cardiac arrest. “We closed the hole and his heart is strong,” said Walker. “His recovery from surgery has been remarkable and I was glad to be able to send him home to his family.”

“He’s super lucky,” he said. “I told him he should go play the lottery.”

Harper’s wife, Janice, said she’s really glad to have her husband home safe.

“It was a roller-coaster couple of weeks. First the birth of our grandson, then the agony of seeing my husband in the hospital bed,” she said. “He’s going to be a great grandpa, and I’m glad he’s going to be around to see his grandson grow up.”

Harper spent a week in the hospital before he got to come home. Now, he’s taking it easy at his house, and will be going to therapy to continue to regain his strength.

As for the lottery, Harper said, “I’ve already won the lottery. I’m alive.”