Keene, NY— The Adirondack Garden Club recently awarded seven grants from the club’s 1928 AGC Founders Fund to non-profits making a positive impact on the Adirondack environment.
The 1928 AGC Founders Fund was established in the 1980s to give grants to not-for-profit organizations, including schools, involved in programs whose purpose is to create an impact in a specific area within the Adirondacks. These requests are reviewed by the club’s Executive Committee for approval and distribution.
The Adirondack Garden Club (AGC) has been awarded a $3,000 Partners for Plants (P4P) grant from the Garden Club of America’s Civic Improvement Committee for 2023, followed by the opportunity for an additional $3,000 in 2024 and 2025. P4P grants facilitate hands-on projects between local Garden Club of America clubs and land managers on federal, state, local, and other significant public lands, and involve collaboration with a horticultural expert.
The AGC P4P project will restore native habitat at the Essex Quarry Nature Preserve in Essex N.Y., the unique limestone woodland that has become overgrown by aggressive invasives, including bittersweet, honeysuckle and buckthorn. The preserve is owned by Champlain Area Trails, a trail building organization and land trust based in Westport. The grant proposal was shepherded for AGC by club member Nancy Budd.
The AGC, along with community volunteers and CATS stewards, will remove invasive plant species from Essex Quarry this fall, and will propagate onsite plants and monitor native plant species in the spring of 2024. AGC will also monitor the preserve throughout the year and information about removal and treatment progress will be entered into the iMap Invasives database where it can be shared with others (www.nyimapinvasives.org). During the growing season, garden club members, along with members of the community, will work at the preserve for a half-day every two weeks.
Keene, NY – The window for the Adirondack Garden Club’s 2023 grant applications is now open.
The Adirondack Garden Club offers three grants:
Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund was established in 2005 to give financial assistance to individuals and not-for-profit organizations, including schools, involved in programs whose purpose is to study, protect, and enjoy the natural environment within the Adirondack Park. These requests are considered and distributed by the ELP Committee. The maximum amount per Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund grant is $1500.
KEENE—In early December, over 25 Adirondack Garden Club (AGC) members and their guests gathered at the Whallonsburg Grange to decorate lovely evergreen wreaths, many intended for members’ homes but even more destined for those served by Families First in Elizabethtown, a countrywide agency that works with families facing mental health challenges. The Families First wreath-making program was created four years ago and has become a favorite project for AGC members.
KEENE— Named for one of the Adirondack Garden Club’s most outstanding members, the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund was established in 2005 to give financial assistance to individuals and not-for-profit organizations involved in programs whose purpose is to study, protect and enjoy the natural environment within the Adirondack Park. Mrs. Paine, who passed away in 2005, was an avid gardener who took great pride in the gardens of her family properties.
This year, the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund awarded eight grants ranging up to $1,500.
The Adirondack Garden Club is accepting applications for Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund grants now through May 15.
Established in 2005, the fund provides financial assistance to individuals and not-for-profit organizations—including schools—involved in programs whose purpose is to study, protect and enjoy the natural environment within the Adirondack Park. The maximum amount per grant is $1,500. For an application, visit adirondackgardenclub.com, write to Liz Jaques, P.O. Box 58, Keene, NY 12942-0058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Garden Club of America (GCA) members, Lyn Flyn and Meredith Hanna from the Adirondack Garden Club, recently attended a conference and lobbying day with a focus on advocacy training in Washington, DC.
The first day of the conference was spent learning how to advocate by working with representatives for legislation that supports the environment. The second day they learned about the proposed bills in Congress that the GCA is advocating for and listened to scientific experts highlighting environmental threats, including the importance of those bills in protecting the environment. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, has invited the public to its meeting at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 101 Olympic Drive in Lake Placid, on July 17th at 2 pm.
Professor Curt Stager, PhD, the Draper-Lussi endowed Chair of Paleoecology and Lake Ecology at Paul Smith’s College, and as well a research associate with the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, will give a lecture entitled “Gardens: Weather or Not” followed by a question and answer session and light refreshments. Copies of his books will be available for sale. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, will present a GCA Flower Show, “Mountains & Valleys”, on July 19-20th at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.
“Mountains & Valleys” will include floral design, horticulture, photography and conservation exhibits. Entries will be judged by GCA judges. It is free and open to the public on July 19 from 3 to 5 pm and on July 20 from 9 am to 2 pm. The public can learn which exhibit won the highest awards in the various classes as well as the judges’ comments. » Continue Reading.
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