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'Plant an Azalea Week' helps get Wilmington ready for Azalea Festival

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's less than a week until the Azalea Festival. That means it's "Plant an Azalea Week."

The event kicked off this morning in Wilmington.

Wilmington was once called "The City of a Million Azaleas." The Cape Fear Garden Club is working to regain that title.

"Their whole point is to beautify our community and plant azaleas," Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said.

Every year the Garden Club chooses an area of Wilmington to beautify with this signature bloom. This year, co-chair Gayle Ward says the corner of 6th and Castle streets is the perfect spot.

"Because Castle St. is blooming right now, and so are our azaleas," Ward said.

For the past six years the event has been encouraging New Hanover County residents to plant azaleas at their homes, businesses and in public areas.

"I always thank them for all their civic pride and their civic duty to our community and what they've been able to do to continue to enhance that tradition," Saffo said.

And this year, they've come up with a special project from a local artist to spread a little beauty and love to your friends and family and your community at the same time.

"We have created this greeting card for a birthday, for Mother's Day or whatever the occasion may be, will result in a beautiful plant blooming in our county parks," Garden Club member Sydney Penny said.

When you buy a card at Urban Revival, you're also buying an azalea to be planted in parks throughout New Hanover County.

"That will honor the recipient of the card or event and you can purchase as many azaleas as you want," Penny said.

The Cape Fear Garden Club is also gearing up for its annual Azalea Garden Tour. You can see previews of each garden on the tour starting Sunday night on WWAY NewsChannel 3 and every morning next week on Good Morning Carolina.

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