At the Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of the Back Bay on May 8, the membership approved the following grants for fiscal year 2017. These grants, given to organizations whose mission closely tracks our own, are in addition to $20,000 allocated directly to neighborhood tree care. We thank all our volunteers and supporters, who make the magic happen. Image courtesy of www.tclf.org. The following list is in alphabetical order:
Arnold Arboretum: $1,500 for the Campaign for the Living Collections, to collect and preserve plants of critical conservation value.
Blossom Fund of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America: $500
Boston Nature Center/Mass Audubon: $4,000, to support scholarships for their summer camp. Children range in age from 5 – 14 and are from local neighborhoods of Mattapan, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain.
Charles River Clean Up Boat: $2,000
Commonwealth Avenue Mall Committee: $5,000 for its tree care program, including Dutch elm disease monitoring and soil improvement.
Emerald Necklace Conservancy: $2,500, to the Olmsted Tree Society for planting a pathway tree.
Esplanade Association: $5,000, for the 2017 critical tree maintenance program, allocated to pruning.
Friends of Copley Square: $1,500 for treating trees for root stress, and for fertilizer and fungicide.
Friends of the Public Garden: $5,000 for tree care and preservation of the historic elms planted on Commonwealth Avenue in the block west of Massachusetts Avenue.
Food Project: $2,000 for building raised bed gardens for Boston residents and community centers.
Mothers Out Front: $1,000 for educating the public on the effects of gas leaks on trees in the urban landscape.