Busch Gardens unveils Washington woman's yard makeover - WNCT

Busch Gardens unveils Washington woman's yard makeover

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If you didn't know, Monday is Earth Day, a day for groups around the world to help raise awareness about environmental concerns.

The first Earth Day, back on April 22nd, 1970, is credited with starting the modern environmental movement.  
     
It was the brainchild of Democratic Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson.
     
Now, more than 40 years later, Earth Day is observed by a billion people in 180-nations around the world.

In honor of Earth Day, a homeowner in Washington is getting a brand new yard, courtesy of Busch Gardens.

Busch Garden's expert landscapers just revealed a brand new lawn for Washington's Tammy Bennet.

She won the lawn in a national contest that started on Facebook. Each person submitted a story saying why their lawn needed the makeover.

Bennett said she bought her dream home right after getting a kidney transplant from her husband.

The couple hoped to fix up their yard after the surgery, but got bogged down with medical bills and couldn't afford it.

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A Washington homeowner is the big winner in a yard makeover contest from Busch Gardens.

Tammy Bennett is the winner of the first-ever Busch Gardens' Landscaping Giveaway. Her prize is a yard landscaping package that includes consultation services from Busch Gardens' horticultural professionals, landscaping and gardening supplies and landscaping installation. 

"I am so excited and cannot wait for them to get started. Busch Gardens has the most beautiful flowers and gardens. Every time we go, I wish my yard would look like that," said Bennett after learning she won the landscaping giveaway.

The theme park was named "Most Beautiful Park" for 22 years in a row and opened the contest earlier this month on their facebook page and the entries poured in. After reviewing hundreds of submissions they narrowed the list down to 20 finalists, two of which were from eastern Carolina.

Bennett purchased her dream home right after receiving a kidney transplant; her husband was her kidney donor.

"We have been living here 6 1/2 years, this house was in foreclosure and it was a mess. There were trees and bushes growing into the side of our house and into the attic, we had to rip them all down. The lawn had not been mowed in a year, so it was pretty much knee high and mostly weeds. With all the money we spent on the inside of the house, we just never could afford to do the outside or any landscaping projects," said Bennett.

Busch Gardens says that Bennett received more than half of the 43,000 votes cast for the giveaway.

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