2019 GCA Founders Fund
The GCA Founders Fund committee asks that all members take a moment to read, learn, and thoroughly review the three proposals and vote for your favorite. As club president, Hannah will record SGGC’s vote on the GCA website before the April 1 deadline, and the winning proposal will be announced at the GCA Annual Meeting in Boston in May. GCA grants $30,000 for the finalist project and $10,000 for each of the two runners-up.

Please Review proposals below and/or view pdf of all three proposals: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t3i2g4gk42l6vpe/2019-FF-All-3-Projects.pdf?dl=0
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1. Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve
Restoring a Calcareous Muck Fen
Proposed by: Winchester-Clarke Garden Club, Zone VII
Seconded by: Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club, Zone VII

Not every community has a calcareous muck fen. Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve (ACWP) is an extremely rare and unique habitat, providing safe haven for over 300 plant species and 20 state-rare native plants. Surrounded by development, the 25-acre preserve is an educational and recreational resource for the city of Winchester and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A Founders Fund grant will enable us to sustain and preserve these rare species and its rare marsh habitat.
View full proposal: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1hyot9kt784340i/2019-FF-Abrams-Creek.pdf?dl=0

2. Flora and Fauna
The Jane Colden Native Woodland Garden with Animal Habitats
Proposed by: The Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties, Zone III
Seconded by: Ulster Garden Club, Zone III

The Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties seeks Founders Fund support to create the Jane Colden Native Woodland Garden at Trailside Museums & Zoo. This rocky woodland site within Bear Mountain State Park, NY, borders the Hudson River. The Woodland Garden forms a vital component of a redesigned visitor experience planned for 2019-20. Visitors, self-guided along this enhanced section of the Appalachian Trail, will experience new native plantings that surround rebuilt exhibits of bobcat, fox, and porcupine. Interpretive signs will help to increase understanding of these displays.
View full proposal: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nvnvsqibutgg3m6/2019-FF-Flora-Fauna.pdf?dl=0

3. Sniff and Savor Garden at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Enriching Community and Revitalizing Landscape
Proposed by: Garden Club of Allegheny County, Zone V
Seconded by: Carrie T. Watson Garden Club, Zone V

The Garden Club of Allegheny County (GCAC) enthusiastically supports the ongoing environmental reclamation by Pittsburgh Botanic Garden (PBG) through completion of the Sniff and Savor Garden, a permanent, interactive, and inclusive garden with broad, multi-generational appeal. Part of Garden of the Five Senses, Sniff and Savor will provide an interactive, physical experience with plants, offering tremendous learning opportunities. This sensory focused garden will create serenity and stimulate curiosity while also thoughtfully incorporating design elements supportive of individuals with cognitive and physical challenges.
View full proposal: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d3pmill6s6kfmpp/2019-FF-Sniff-Savor.pdf?dl=0

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