The Saint Paul Garden Club has a long history of contributing to worthwhile causes promoting beautification and conservation in Saint Paul. The Annual Holiday Tea Dance in December is the only fundraiser for these funds.
Blooming St. Paul $4.000
Blooming St. Paul is a cooperative initiative created to beautify the City’s urban environment. Our funds were used for plants and materials for the Kellogg Blvd. medians between Robert St. and Wabasha St. The plants are for two seasonal displays of annuals in eleven urns and for perennials in the ground beds.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota $2,000
Our funds were used to support the green plants therapy program that is offered to all pediatric patients who are interested and able to participate. The program uses child life specialists and volunteers form the Master Gardeners who administer the program with basic supplies funded by SPGC.
Conservation Corps Minnesota $1,780
Conservation Corps helps young people from diverse backgrounds to connect to the environment through conservation and natural resource management. At-risk urban youth work for a stipend in outdoor restoration projects. This year our funds were used to enhance and maintain the slopes around the Como Historic Bridge in Como Park.
Dayton’s Bluff Community Council $1,800
“Make it happen on East 7th Beautification Project” is an ongoing project to revitalize the important commercial area of the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. One goal is to enhance the neighborhood, making it a desirable place to live, work, raise children and do business. This year ours funds provided plants, soil and mulch for seven very large planters along East 7th St. These are planted with a combination of flowers and edible plants and have educational information signs about the plants that are growing in them.
Great River Greening $3,000
Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary is a 42 acre former railroad siding site in the heavily urbanized St. Paul North End. The project is in the last year of a three year restoration. SPGC funds were used to purchase native grasses and forbs in 2016. Our funds also helped to leverage state and city funds to complete the final stage of this project.
Inver Hills – Metro State Community Garden $1000
The community garden and apple orchard are located on the campus of Inver Hills Community College. The garden is planted and maintained by students and community members and the food is donated to low-income and underserved populations of the St. Paul/ Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. In addition, they provide 50 plots to community members and students who garden and learn collectively. The grant from SPGC in 2016 was used to purchase starter vegetable plants and seeds for the gardens.
Minnesota State Horticultural Society $3,000
The grant funds from SPGC are used by MSHS to help support their Garden-in-a-Box program. This program teaches vegetable gardening and encourages healthy eating habits to low-income children and families and community groups serving low-income communities. Each Garden-in-Box kit includes a raised bed garden box, soil, vegetable plants and seeds, compost, fertilizer, garden book and cookbook, and educational webinars. The funds from SPGC were used to provide Garden-in-a-Box kits in the St. Paul area.
Pollinator Friendly Alliance $3000
The Pollinator Friendly Alliance sought funding for a pollinator park in historic Stillwater. The park includes a pollinator flower garden, a bee lawn and a short grass prairie as well as a walking path with interpretive signage. This park was designed to add pollinator habitat and beauty to the area and to help educate the public regarding pollinator issues and use of harmful pesticides. Funds from the SPGC were requested for native plant material for the pollinator garden and the bee lawn.
Ramsey County Historical Society $1,459.30
RCHS requested funds to restore/renovate its Dakota Indian “Turtle Garden”, a culturally accurate medicinal garden. This garden was originally created at the Gibbs Farm with the guidance of Dakota Elders from the Lower Sioux Dakota Community. The garden is used to help instruct students, educators and the general public about Dakota culture. The SPGC was involved in the original garden installation in 2004.
Urban Roots $2,500
Urban Roots serves St. Paul’s East Side communities Dayton’s Bluff and Payne-Phalen. Our funds were used for seeds and transplants to operate their six gardens. These gardens engage youth interns in horticultural training and community service. The produce from these gardens is distributed to the community via CSA shares, the farmers market, restaurants, hunger relief efforts, and to youth participants through lunches and daily take-homes for family use.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum $500
We give $500 to the Arboretum every year. This year they agreed to use the funds to help with the renovation of the rock garden display. A large tree fell on the garden in 2015 causing extensive damage and the members of the Rock Garden Society used the money for repairs and renovation.
GCA Scholarship Fund
The SPGC donated $250 to the GCA Scholarship fund.