Each year The Portland Garden Club offers three monetary grants of $2500 to non-profit agencies in the metropolitan area whose focus is on conservation, horticulture, or education, and whose activities are aligned with the mission statement of The Portland Garden Club.
In the spring of 2016, Community Outreach grants went to DePave, Lord and Schryver Conservancy, and Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.
Complete this form and return it to The Portland Garden Club by February 28, 2017. Recipients will be announced in April, 2017.
Depave is a Portland non-profit that promotes the transformation of unused paved spaces into vibrant green landscapes. Since its founding in 2008, nearly 3000 Depave volunteers have removed 139,000 square feet of asphalt, mostly by hand, and created permeable, living gardens in local neighborhoods, schools, churches, and community centers. Work parties to remove the pavement and install native plant material provide an opportunity for neighbors to come together in stewardship of their local environment.
Lord and Schryver Conservancy will use the $2500 grant for training and resource materials for a cadre of new docents at Gaiety Hollow in Salem, the “home garden” of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver. In the past year the Conservancy has made huge strides in restoring the historic garden, using the period of significance guidelines of the Department of the Interior, and they are well on their way to gaining a place on the National Register. It is of particular interest that Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver were active members of The Portland Garden Club and that they are responsible for much of the clubhouse garden design.
Opal Creek Ancient Forest Preserve receives our Community Outreach grant for the second year in a row. Last year they began a program of staff training for pollinator identification and observation which was implemented on summer youth backpacking trips in the western Cascades. Building upon that training and experience, this year the $2500 grant will be used to install a permanent pollinator garden at Jawbone Flats in the Opal Creek Wilderness area. This is a crossroads for thousands of hikers, backpackers, families, and students who will provide a “crowd sourced” monitoring record of pollinators.