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Orange County
Shangri La Botanical Gardens
News Release
Friday, February 10, 2012

Annual Community Trash-Off Rescheduled for February 18


ORANGE, Texas -Due to inclement weather, the 17th Annual Community Trash-Off, sponsored by Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, has been rescheduled. It will be held Saturday, February 18 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., at Orange Lions Park.


Come join friends, neighbors, co-workers and other members of the community on February 18 to help keep the streets of the Orange community and the banks of Adams Bayou clean. Last year, this event collected more than 16,000 pounds of trash to help beautify the area and protect the environment.


If you have not signed up already, you can still do so by downloading a participation form from the Shangri La web site or in person at the Shangri La Admission Window. Forms may be returned via email to or fax to 409.670.9341. If you have already signed up and will be unable to make the February 18 date, please call Noelle Jordan at 409.670.0803 or email


After the trash pick-up, all volunteers will regroup and relax at Orange Lions Park to enjoy complimentary pizza and soft drinks for lunch. Also, over 300 prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to various teams.


For additional information, visit call 409.670.0803.


Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 409.670.9113 or visit

Volunteers with small boats are welcome to join in the Community Trash-Off to help clean Adams Bayou.



About Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Nestled within 252 acres in the heart of Orange, Texas, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is a program of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private foundation whose mission is to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas and encourage and assist education. The unique ecosystem of Shangri La presents an ideal opportunity to further that mission as well as carry on the vision of H.J. Lutcher Stark, the man who originally developed the gardens more than 60 years ago.
Amid nature's pristine ecosystems, the formal gardens at Shangri La reflect a use of more than 300 plant species to paint beautiful landscapes among a series of theme-based garden rooms.  Around every corner a new vista awaits the visitor with exquisite sculptures, a great lawn, serene waterscapes reflecting beautiful colors and a Cypress Gate framing blooming plants and soaring birds. The Nature Center includes Adams Bayou boat excursions to educational outposts, a 15-acre Beaver Pond, a state-of-the-art bird blind, a bat house, and more up-close encounters with nature.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is the first project in Texas and the 50th project in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's Platinum Certification for LEED®-NC, which verifies that the design and construction of Shangri La reached the highest green building and performance measures.  Shangri La was also named by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment as one of the top 10 green projects throughout the world.
Shangri La offers a glimpse of how people can live in harmony with nature, as it strives in its mission to Mentor Children of All Ages to Be Kind to Their World.
Other programs of the Stark Foundation include the Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House and the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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