PRESS. Have I got a story for you! In Montgomery, we know a little something about great stories since we’ve been producing headline news since the 1800s! The Montgomery Convention & Visitor Bureau can help media plan and create compelling stories with information about everything hot and newsworthy, fact sheets, press releases and statistics. Plus a comprehensive media library filled with incredible images to support your article. So call us! And you’ll see that we have a history of great angles for future stories. The Latest Press June 11 Montgomery Zoo Becomes Sensory Friendly The Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum is partnering with KultureCity (kulturecity.com) and its Sensory Initiative to make the Zoo a friendlier experience for guests with Sensory Processing Disorders. > Go November 6 Montgomery Veterans Day Celebration > Go October 13 Hampstead Farm to Fork Invasion is Back! > Go October 2 Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre > Go > View more Press Request a Press Kit Cool Story Ideas MONTGOMERY LIGHTNING ROUTE FIRST STREETCAR IN U.S. … San Francisco didn't have the very first electric streetcar system. Montgomery was the first city to incorporate the system into its local travel in 1886. THANK GOD I’M A “MONTGOMERY BOY”… John Denver was an "Army Brat" whose family was stationed in Montgomery during his teen years. FOR RELEASE: March 16, 2015 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Call 334-263-5713 Or 334-328-8917 CONTACT: Dayna Coker or Jim Inscoe JASMINE HILL FEATURED ON THE ALABAMA GARDEN TRAIL This year the Alabama Tourism Department has established the Alabama Garden Trail and Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum located between Montgomery and Wetumpka has been honored as a featured attraction. Other gardens include the Huntsville Botanical Garden, Birmingham Botanical Garden, Aldridge Gardens, Dothan Botanical Gardens, Mobile Botanical Gardens and Bellingrath Gardens. Tour brokers will be introduced to this promotion with a new brochure to be highlighted at the Travel South Showcase next week in Shreveport, Louisiana. Spring is finally starting to show its beauty at Jasmine Hill Gardens. Although they are late in arriving because of the unusually cold winter, the flowering Japanese cherries are starting to show their snowy white blossoms. Along with many daffodils and tulips mixed in the flower beds featuring pansies and snapdragons, there are colorful shrubs such as forsythia, pearl bush, quince and star magnolias in full bloom to welcome visitors. Pots of amaryllis and calla lilies brighten areas surrounding statues as heralds of the beauty expected here in late March. Many new varieties of flowers are being prepared for planting in the gardens this year. A cherry tree which blooms in the fall and some spectacular varieties of camellias will be noticed as the seasons progress. Spring, however, is truly spectacular at Jasmine Hill when the hundreds of azaleas, dogwoods and flowering Japanese cherries reach their peak in late March and early April. Ben and Mary Fitzpatrick who founded the gardens planned to have something in bloom all year. This winter’s cold weather made it difficult for the camellias to bloom, but the buds are now developing and their flowers are everywhere along the stone walkways. Visitors can enjoy the gardens every weekend from 9 to 5 on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 5 on Sunday. For GPS directions enter 3001 Jasmine Hill Road, Wetumpka, AL 36093. > More Cool Stories!