MGC Civic Projects and Scholarship Awards Supported in 2019
Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program - Our award will help fund seeds and plugs which become the plants they sell at their annual fundraising plant sale. There are 93 volunteer Master Gardeners (four of them are MGC members) and they produce materials, deliver education and raise awareness about Gardening (of ornamental plants, growing food and lawns), Integrated Pest Management, Home Composting, and Invasive Species.
Garden Club of America - in support of the Partners for Plants Project.
North East Community Center - to make extensive repairs to the Community and School Gardens.
Audubon Sharon -a matching grant to purchase and install a new walk-in Butterfly Hoop House and a Native Plant Garden.
Housatonic Valley Association - to support River Stewards of Tomorrow interns. Five students have rich experiences working beside HVA’s top environmental educators, working to protect land and water in the Valley.
Wethersfield Estate- to support a summer intern dedicated to work in the formal gardens with the head gardener.
Cary Institute - Our award supports two interns. These interns will work with researchers Audrey Thellman, aquatic biogeochemist, will research nutrient cycling through ecosystems with Dr. Emma Rosi and Dr. Peter Groffman. Fiona Keating, infectious disease researcher, will work with Dr. Shannon LaDeau on how medically important mosquito species survive freezing winter conditions
Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award; a GCA award - to an individual who provides outstanding environmental education for our youth.
Sharon Land Trust - to help support a Land Steward to coordinate and train trail crews, trail maintenance equipment and supplies, and additional trail signage and markers.
The Salisbury Black Swallow Wort Invasive Plant Project – to help eradicate this invasive species and educate the public.
Innisfree Garden - to purchase a scanner and archival boxes and materials to store their historic records. This will help them prepare for the National Historic Preservation nomination.
Millbrook Early Childhood Education Center - for the purchase and installation of three Tulip trees to provide playground shade for their preschool students and children in the village.
Millbrook Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization