The Hudson Garden Club awarded $7,850 in grants in December to seven projects that further the mission of the club which is dedicated to spreading the love of gardening, the beautification of public property and the support of education in horticulture and related fields.
Since 2000, the club has awarded $101,552 in grants through its grants committee process which is separate from and in addition to the monies distributed each year for city trees, parks and scholarships.
The following programs or projects were awarded grants as recommended by its grant committee and affirmed by the Hudson Garden Club Board:
• Hudson Middle School 4KIDS/Student Council to beautify HMS courtyard that has been forgotten in recent years and to put into place a team that will take care of it and maintain it on a yearly basis.
• Cuyahoga County Board of Health/Hudson High School to acquire supplemental herbaceous, bioengineering and woody plant material, all based on survivability from the previous season and selected according to planting zone needs for the Hudson High School Campus Tinkers Creek Stream Restoration Design-Build Project overseen by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
• Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park to fund scholarships to support 13 children from low-income, Akron-area families to attend All the Rivers Run residential environmental education experience in CVNP.
• Equus Excellence (4H Club) for partial funding to assist Equine 4H Clubs who are responsible for maintaining the grounds of the horse arenas and barn area at Summit County Fair Grounds. Funds to be used to rebuild flower beds, giving club members and families an opportunity to work hands on with an experienced landscaping expert and understand the process.
• East Woods School to fund the purchase of herb and vegetable seeds and plants in the spring of 2013 for its Growing Gardeners program and to fund the purchase of plants and mulch to create a butterfly garden in another section of the outdoor classroom gardens at East Woods that will be planted the spring of 2013. The goals for both programs are to bring garden experiences to as many students as possible by giving students experience from start to finish on how to plan, plant, care and harvest gardens they will find gardening a rewarding lifelong pursuit.
• Destination Hudson (a fund of Hudson Community Foundation) for partial funding to water the 15 large planters and hanging baskets along Main Street which provide visitors with their first impression of Hudson.
• Sue L'Hommedieu to purchase replacement plants, fertilizer, deer repellent in order to maintain the sustainable planting at the traffic circle at Hudson Street and Aurora Road until January 2014.