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    Xavier Cortada, Environmental artist-in-residence to kick-off Earth Day celebration

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    Environmental artist-in-residence to kick-off Earth Day celebration with plantings and educational activities Sunday 

    Pinecrest, Fla. – When it comes to celebrating Earth Day, Pinecrest is the place to be. The Village is one of South Florida’s municipal leaders in sustainability, and as such has planned a day packed with all things green for everyone in the family on Sunday, April 23rd from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road.

    The festivities will start with a presentation by Pinecrest Gardens’ new environmental artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada, who launched the Native Flags project in 2008 to engage people globally to help slow the polar thaw. Through this initiative he encourages participants plant a native tree next to a green flag because reforestation reduces the greenhouse gases that cause global climate change. Village council members will plant a Coffee Tree in the Meadow to encourage this initiative, and at 1:00 p.m. Cortada will work with visitors at the same location to create their own green flag to take home with a seedling.

    Cortada’s latest project is Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard. It aims to build awareness about seahorses and other syngnathids in South Florida and Biscayne National Park. Cortada will work with participants at 3:30 p.m. in the Hibiscus Room to create seahorse art for the same initiative.

    There will be workshops on yoga, electric vehicles, Florida-friendly landscaping, and water and energy conservation throughout the day. Climate change education via the arts will be featured in the Bayan Bowl with performances by the Fantasy Theater Factory. There will also be a lady bug release, music, food and wild life shows. For a complete schedule of events, go to: www.pinecrestgardens.org.

    About Pinecrest Gardens

    Pinecrest Gardens attracts over 150,000 visitors each year and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in October 2011, making it historically significant on a local, state and national platform. It is a premier venue for the arts, education and environmental conservation and preservation. On any given day one can catch an arts performance, tour the 14 acres of native forested wetland, tropical hardwood hammock and native cypress slough hammock or take a class in horticulture, archeology and botany.