At Park West, we’re landscapers by trade but teachers at heart. That’s why we had an amazing time teaching kids and their families how to grow tomato plants at this year’s Orange County Heart and Stroke Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association at Angels Stadium.
With a perfect Saturday morning, a three-mile walk and a slew of giveaways, our Park West team was thrilled to be a part of this year’s event. The walk has become a heartfelt annual tradition for the company.
Our tomato planting station not only supports healthy eating and a heart-friendly diet, but also brings the joy of gardening to kids (and adults). Tomatoes are perfect for home gardens since they are so productive. In just 8 short weeks, these plants will be bursting with delicious red plum tomatoes.
In addition to the fun of teaching attendees some gardening tips, there were heartwarming moments as well. We heard story after story of how much people loved their tomato plants from previous years and how glad they were that we brought them back again.
One woman shared with us the story of her father, who passed away from heart disease two years ago. After attending the Heart Walk while he was sick, she had brought home her tomato plant from our booth for him to enjoy. He was lucky enough to savor the delicious tomatoes it produced before he passed away. Now, she comes back every year to pick up a new tomato plant in his honor and share this beautiful story.
The annual Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. We were proud to join nearly 1 million Americans across the country to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This year’s Orange County Heart Walk was a huge success with over $2.0 million raised in this event alone.
Here’s a quick video from our day at the stadium that shows how easy planting tomatoes can be. Don’t worry if you missed out this time. Keep up to date with our latest events to find out when our tomato planting booth will return.