The Plant America initiative, President Nancy Hargroves’s signature project, emphasizes the cornerstone elements of gardening: the variety of garden types; the elements required for healthy, sustainable gardens; an awareness of environmental issues; and resources to provide needed funds to put garden plans into action.
This new grant fund is being created to raise funds for, and distribute funds to, local garden club projects. In response to corporate funds not being as available to the NGC community as they used to, President Hargrove has stated that “we must become self sustaining,” and the establishment of the grant fund will be a crucial step forward in doing that.
The first grants will be awarded in 2017. Funds will be actively solicited from members, affiliated organizations, sponsors and partners to provide financial and in-kind support for worthy projects. This is not just a 2-year project; the intention is for this to be a perpetual fund that will help sustain member clubs and their projects beyond the 2017-2019 administration.
The Saved Seed is a new youth book written to engage young children in the life cycle of a pumpkin seed. Beautifully illustrated and written by Brenda Moore, the Saved Seed will provide educators and clubs working with children a magnificent tool to introduce the joys of gardening.
To learn more about any of the above, see the corresponding pages listed under the “Projects” section of the website, or contact the appropriate chairman
For more information, contact:
Betty Cookendorfer, Chairman: Plant America