The Garden Club of the Back Bay, Inc. is committed to the street trees of Back Bay. This year, in addition to budgeting $20,000 for tree care in the neighborhood, we have committed to distribute the awards listed below.
Our fundraising efforts allow us to award grants to other nonprofit groups who also work as advocates for Boston’s green spaces. Thanks to your generosity we can continue to work on our mission to support neighborhood beautification projects and promote conservation throughout the City of Boston.
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. 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.
Please click on to the links above, where available, to read more about these organizations and specifically the projects which we are helping to fund. The Garden Club thanks all our supporters who, through donations and patronage of our fund raising efforts, allow us to share our money and expertise in a substantial way.
TOTAL GRANTS $30,000
Our annual wreath making project allows us to earn money to advance our public projects while contributing gift certificates for wreaths to local charities, which they in turn auction or raffle at their fund raising events.
As a Club, we belong to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Arnold Arboretum, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, The Friends of the Public Garden, The Friends of Copley Square, The New England Wildflower Society, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, The College Club of Boston, The Trustees of Reservations, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Boston Greenspace Alliance, the Esplanade Association, and the Charles River Conservancy. Individual Club members will exhibit at The New England Spring Flower Show, and our Club plans to create an arrangement once again for Art in Bloom at The Museum of Fine Arts.