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The voracious Asian Longhorned Beetle is shiny black, with a bullet-shaped body ranging from 3/4 inch to 1-1/2 inches long. It is considered more destructive than the chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, and the gypsy moth caterpillar combined.
ALB infestation begins in the upper canopy of host trees like these Norway maples in Worcester, Massachusetts. Out of sight, the infestation went undetected for 15 years.
Per USDA protocol, infested trees must be cut, chipped, and burned. In 2010 alone, 30,000 of Worcester's mature trees were clear-cut. Complete ALB eradication will take many more years.
A demonstration arboretum on this site, Green Hill Park, Worcester, will provide ongoing public education about the ALB crisis, appropriate replacement trees, and the importance of species diversity in landscape restoration.

Previous Founders Fund Winners

2012 ($25,000) Growing Minds & Spirits: Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (Anacostia) Washington, DC Perennial Garden Club

Winner of the 2012 Founders Fund Award is “Growing Minds and Spirits,” a project for the Bishop John T. Walker School (Anacostia) in Washington, DC. In a harsh urban environment, one cannot predict the future for an inner-city child; statistics are disturbing. In 2008,Perennial Garden Club (PGC) launched a six-year partnership with the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (BWS) in Anacostia, Washington, DC — a tuition-free, elementary school committed to a strong, values-based education for boys growing up in the precarious shadow of the U.S. Capitol — with intentions to reverse expectations. PGC designed an educational landscape introducing children to the natural world and the importance of caring for nature’s gifts.

PGC has completed construction of “Embracing Arms,” an outdoor classroom with stone paths and seat walls that greet students daily as they walk among native perennials. Program sustainability is provided through the appointment of a BWS teacher as Perennial Fellow, who annually attends American Horticulture Society training and serves as mentor to the Parents Gardening Committee and faculty. PGC offers a model plan to other organizations so that they, too, can foster “minds and spirits to grow.”

The $25,000 Founders Fund Award will enable PGC to build the Living Classroom, providing spaces and tools to integrate school curriculum with nature and to nurture future stewards of the environment as they reap the rewards of beauty, flowers, food and wildlife. How will the Living Classroom touch the life of each boy? Will gathering water from rain barrels or growing their own vegetables rouse wonder? Will the green roof on the potting shed beckon understanding of how storm water harms the Anacostia River? Will digging in the worm pit, feeling the softness of Stachys byzantia or painting at in-ground easels inspire? Will watching butterflies, checking the weather station, peeking in birdhouses or sharing their flowers with a nearby senior center stir their spirits? One can only imagine how experiencing nature will serve the boys — and how this investment can make an impact.


2011 ($25,000) Beyond the Beetle, a Strategy of Diversity Green Hill Park Arboretum Worcester, MA Worcester Garden Club

Winner of the 2011 Founders Fund Award, "Beyond the Beetle, a Strategy of Diversity" is a response to the wholesale devastation of the tree canopy caused by the voracious Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anaplophora glabripennis). The $25,000 award will allow Worcester Garden Club to plant a demonstration arboretum in historic Green Hill Park, a 480-acre urban oasis. A variety of specimen trees that are resistant to Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) will be planted to demonstrate the importance of species diversity as an important strategy in surmounting environmental challenges. Informative signage will illustrate what happened when a monoculture planting is targeted by an invasive predator. The project embraces GCA's mission of horticulture, conservation, education, and civic improvement.

The beetle arrived in the United States from China in wooden shipping materials and went undetected for over 15 years. The adult beetle has no known predators or chemical control agent. ALB infestations have occurred in New Jersey, New York, Illinois and elsewhere. USDA protocol requires infested trees to be cut, chipped, and burned. In 2010, more than 30,000 mature trees were clean-cut in Worcester neighborhoods.

Evergreens are not hosts to the ALB. Deciduous trees resistant to ALB and appropriate for residential and streetscape planting include:

  • Amelanchier 'Ballerina' Apple Serviceberry
  • Carpinus betulus European Hornbeam
  • Carya ovata Shagbark hickory
  • Cornus kousa Kousa dogwood
  • Cornus mas Cornelian cherry
  • Crataegus var. inermis Thornless hawthorn
  • Fagus sylvatica European beech
  • Gleditsia triacanthus 'Skyline' Honeylocust
  • Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' Sweetgum
  • Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill" Magnolia
  • Magnolia sttellata Star magnolia
  • Metasequois glyptostroboides Dawn redwood
  • Nyssa sylvatica Tupelo
  • Ostrya virginiana American hop hornbeam
  • Oxydendrum arboreum Sorrel tree
  • Prunus sargentii Sargent cherry
  • Prunus 'Snow Goose' Cherry
  • Pyrus calleryana Redspire' Pear
  • Syringa reticulata Japanese tree lilac

Avoid planting host trees of the Asian Longhorned Beetle:

  • Acer Maple
  • Aseculus Buckeye, Horse Chestnut
  • Albizia Mimosa
  • Betula Birch
  • Celtis Hackberry
  • Cercidiphyllum Katsura tree
  • Fraxinus Ash
  • Platanus Plane, Sycamore
  • Populus Poplar
  • Salix Willow
  • Sorbus Mountain Ash
  • Ulmus Elm

2010 ($25,000) The Urban Farm & Produce Stand, Wilmington, DE
Garden Club of Wilmington, DE, Zone V

Established in 2008 by the Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) as a means of providing some of Wilmington's neediest residents with access to fresh produce, the project quickly grew into a self-sustaining educational and community gardening movement. Built with the help of over 40 volunteers and boasting weekly participation of 13 families within its first year, the farm teaches city residents how to grow and harvest their own food.

The farm is a valuable educational tool to the city's youth, serving as training ground for youth participants in Christiana's Care (Wilmington's largest health care provider) Camp FRESH Program. The youth are spokespeople for healthy lifestyle choices and are partnering with DCH to turn the urban farm into a hands-on classroom and model for urban gardening initiatives.

The 2010 Founders Fund award enabled the Urban Farm and Produce Stand to expand its mission and provide greater support to Wilmington's community. Plans included more raised beds, a hoop house for starting seeds, much-needed new equipment for volunteers, additional community education, and a business plan for the produce stand.

2009 ($25,000) River Linked: Junkyard to Park, Asheville, NC
French Broach River Garden Club, NC, Zone VII
To provide the necessary keystone for this park: a professional Master Plan to transform a reclaimed junkyard site to link tow vibrant Asheville city parks to create an exciting greenway along the French Broad River.

2008 ($25,000) Buffer Strip Project, Cooperstown, NY
Lake and Valley Garden Club of Cooperstown, NY, Zone III
The buffer strip project will stabilize the shoreline of Otsego Lake by filtering nutrient polluted storm water, eliminating erosion, deterring Canada geese and improving water quality while serving as a model for preservation of all lake and river shorelines. It will also serve s an inspiration to Cooperstown residents and the 200,000 annual visitors.

2007 ($25,000) Restoration of the Gardens Around Historic Popp's Bandstand, New Orleans City Park, New Orleans, LA
Garden Study Club of New Orleans, LA, Zone IX
To restore a fountain garden with the Peggy Martin Rose, which survived twenty feet of floodwaters for weeks, and to create an educational wetlands ecosystem along historic Bayou Metairie to illustrate the vital roles of coastal wetlands

2006 ($25,000) Native Plant Woodland at The Garden School Project, Los Angeles, CA
Hancock Park Garden Club, CA, Zone XII
To provide a woodland garden of California native plants to help buffer sound and pollution from the adjacent freeway

2005 ($25,000) Perry Street Children‘s Garden, Trenton, NJ.
Garden Club of Princeton, NJ, Zone IX
To provide an enhanced outdoor space for teaching gardening and ecology, with an emphasis on native plantings

2004 ($25,000) Planting for a Better Future, Oahu, HI
Garden Club of Honolulu, HI, Zone XII
To allow the women at the state‘s prison to clear, irrigate and cultivate the land, grow marketable produce and flowers, and to find second chances, both for the women inmates and for a weed-choked acre on the prison grounds

2003 ($25,000) The Virginia Native Plant Garden at Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA
Garden Club of Norfolk, VA, Zone VII
For the completion of the wheelchair accessible boardwalk and planting of the last two habitats, the Atlantic White Cedar Forest and the Longleaf Pine Flatland

2002 ($20,000) The Secret Garden, Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA
The Garden Club of Philadelphia, PA, Zone V
For the creation of a new birding lesson and to offer a peaceful corner of retreat for visitors, this project will also further develop adult job trainees‘ skills as they implement the landscaping design.

2001 ($20,000) The EcoTarium Meadow: Environmental Exploration in the Inner City, Worcester, MA
Chestnut Hill Garden Club, MA, Zone I
To create a heterogeneous native meadow with wildlife habitats and plant communities to serve as viable ecosystems to be established in neighborhood gardens

2000 ($20,000) “Thriving in the City,” Urban Horticulture Program, Cleveland Botanical Garden, OH
The Garden Club of Cleveland, OH, Zone X
To create an urban green space that is a working model and resource center for urban communities: children and their families, teachers, foresters, growers and city gardeners

1999 ($20,000) Native Rhode Island Garden, Children’s Museum, Providence, RI
Perennial Garden Club, RI, Zone II
To design and build an educational garden that will be a microcosm of the state and will provide a green oasis in an industrial area and inspire further civic improvement in a rapidly developing sector of the city

1998 ($20,000) Volta Park Habitats, Washington, DC
Georgetown Garden Club, DC, Zone VI
To plant three areas with indigenous materials to teach the importance of preserving and encouraging flora and fauna

1997 ($20,000) Horticulture Hands-on Lab, The Garden Study Center, New Orleans Botanical Garden, LA
Garden Study Club of New Orleans, LA, Zone IX
To convert the Lath House into an extension lab to make the center a total horticultural teaching complex, a focal point for horticultural excellence

1996 ($20,000) Peter Faneuil House Garden, Boston, MA
Beacon Hill Garden Club, MA, Zone II
To insure completion of the project, by implementing educational programs, and installing a recirculation fountain—water music—to mask city noises

1995 ($20,000) Coastal Woodland Retreat, Virginia Marine Science Museum, Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Garden Club, VA, Zone VII
The museum includes the city‘s last remaining great salt marsh having direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, where 5 acres along Owls Creek have been designated as the Coastal Woodland Retreat. Nature trails will be prepared with plantings of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers along with nesting boxes and feeding stations.

1994 ($20,000) Greenwood Park Discovery Wetland Project, Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Founders Garden Club, IA, Zone XI
This 6-acre urban demonstration area of Iowa‘s botanical heritage will include aquatic, woodland, and prairie plantings. The award will enable the purchase of plant material and qualify for 1994 National Endowment for the Arts matching fund.

1993 ($20,000) Rooftop Therapy Park, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Garden Club, TN, Zone IX
The park will enable patients to garden from wheelchairs, strengthening hands and arms, expanding motion ranges.

1992 ($20,000) Flat Rock Nature Center, Englewood, NJ
Englewood Garden Club, NJ, Zone IV
For exhibiting native plantings along a 900-foot boardwalk—Backyard Habitat—which will include educational materials and expose many thousands of visitors to nature while demonstrating that planting natives rather than exotics creates beauty, saves water, reduces pesticide use, and encourages migratory bird life

1991 ($20,000) Locktender’s Garden, Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Garden Club, NY, Zone III
To help the newly established garden at the unique Weighlock Building (the last remaining in the world). The garden will include authentic 1850‘s plantings that were familiar to canal boat passengers.

1990 ($20,000) The Winnetka Garden Club, IL, Zone XI
To publish a Curriculum Guide for its Environmental Education Awareness Program, a joint project with the Chicago Botanic Garden, to introduce conservation education into existing school science programs for developing future environmentalists who exert conservation leadership

1989 ($20,000) Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, TN
Little Garden Club of Memphis, TN, Zone IX
To plant a Sensory Garden with trees and shrubs to stimulate the senses—hearing, touch, smell, and sight

1988 ($20,000) Educational Greenhouse for the Handicapped, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
Garden Club of Lawrence, NY, Zone II
For specially designed equipment (hydraulic work tables and adaptable tools)

1987 ($20,000) Interpretive Trailside Museum, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Middletown, RI
Newport Garden Club, RI, Zone II
To fabricate and install exhibits including the preparation and preservation of an important collection of study skins, mounted specimens, and artifacts, so that the public can observe, study, be taught and enjoy the natural world

1986 ($15,000) John Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia, PA
West Chester Garden Club, PA, Zone V
To help in restoring the oldest surviving botanical site in the United States

1985 ($15,000) Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Gardens, New Bedford, MA
Garden Club of Buzzards Bay, MA, Zone I
For restoration of the Wildflower Walk

1983 ($15,000) Center for Propagation & Distribution of Endangered Species, Nashville, TN
Garden Club of Nashville, TN, Zone IX
For the purpose of permanently removing many plants from the endangered species list by establishing universal recognition and providing proper propagation and ready availability to the public

1982 ($10,000) Boardwalk for the Handicapped, Chattanooga, Nature Center, TN
Garden Club of Lookout Mountain, TN, Zone IX
For the construction of a boardwalk including railings, portable cassette players, and knotted guide ropes to allow the physically handicapped to enjoy the wonders of nature

1981 ($7,500) Newark Museum Garden, Newark, NJ
Garden Club of Somerset Hills, NJ, Zone IV
For the restoration and replanting of a walled garden

1980 ($7,500 ) Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge Plant and Garden Club, MA, Zone I
To preserve a 30-acre wetland meadow and bird nesting area by providing research, plans and all plant material

1979 ($7,000) Rae Selling Berry Botanic Garden, Portland, OR
Portland Garden Club, OR, Zone XII
To construct a greenhouse for fullest development of an internationally acclaimed collection of rare and endangered alpines, primulas, rhododendrons, and native plants

1978 ($6,500) Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden, Roanoke, VA
Mill Mountain Garden Club, VA, Zone VII
To complete planting and construct appropriate entrance gates

1977 ($6,500) Swede Hollow, St. Paul, MN
St. Paul Garden Club, MN, Zone XI
For the transformation of this blighted area into a nature park

1976 ($7,500) Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH
Piscataqua Garden Club, ME, Zone I
For developing a pilot area as an example of Master Landscaping Plan for this 10-acre historic preserve in the center of the city

1975 ($5,000) Reedy River Falls Historic Park and Greenway, Greenville, SC
Carolina Foothills Garden Club, SC, Zone VIII

1974 ($5,000) The Chicago Horticultural Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
Kenilworth Garden Club, IL, Zone XI
For the Garden Center for the Disabled

1973 ($5,000) Pine Jog Environmental Sciences Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Garden Club of Palm Beach, Fl, Zone VII
For the Teaching Marsh

1972 ($4,500) American Horticultural Society
Cincinnati Town and Country Garden Club, OH Zone X
For a Study of Environmental Plant Performance

1971 ($4,500) Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, PA
Wissahickon Garden Club, PA, Zone V
For “Room to Grow,” an educational horticultural film for children

1970 ($4,000) Asheville, Biltmore Botanical Gardens, Asheville, NC
French Broad River Garden Club, NC, Zone VII
For preserving the wildflowers of North Carolina

1969 ($3,800) Swan Woods and Outdoor Laboratory, Atlanta, GA
Peachtree Garden Club, GA, Zone VIII

1968 ($3,500) Prehistoric Glen, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu, HI
The Garden Club of Honolulu, HI, Zone XII

1967 ($3,000) The Paca House Gardens, Annapolis, MD
Amateur Gardeners Club, MD, Zone VI
For planting one of the parterre gardens

1966 ($3,000) Glacial Pothole, Hidden Lake Garden, Tipton, MI
The Garden Club of Michigan, MI, Zone X
For the special planting of Glacial Pothole, a unique laboratory

1965 ($3,000) Wildlife Observation Shelter, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Morris County, NJ
The Garden Club of Somerset Hills, NJ, Zone IV
For the building of the shelter

1964 ($3,000) Senate House, Kingston, NY
Ulster Garden Club, NY, Zone III
For the restoration of the grounds

1963 ($3,000) The Garden Club of America Canyon, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Stinsom Beach, CA
Woodside-Atherton Garden Club, CA, Zone XII

1962 ($3,000) Mist Forest in the Climatron, Missouri Botanic Garden, St. Louis, MO
The Garden Club of St. Louis, MO, Zone XI

1961 ($2,700) Mid-Fairfield County Youth Museum, Westport, CT
Sasqua Garden Club, CT, Zone II

1960 ($2,500) Old Medical College, Augusta, GA
Sand Hills Garden Club, GA, Zone VII
For the beautification of the grounds and adjacent area

1959 ($2,500) Master Plan for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN
Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, MN, Zone XI

1958 ($2,000) Miamus River Gorge Conservation Project, Stamford, CT
Stamford Garden Club, CT, Zone II

1957 ($2,000) A Medicinal Garden at the Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Four Counties Garden Club, PA, Zone V
For the establishment of a Medicinal Garden. This garden was discontinued in 1983. The plants were incorporated into the Arboretum‘s collection of Asiatic and North American medicinals.

1956 ($1,800) The Garden at Abraham Lincoln’s Home, Springfield, IL
Winnetka Garden Club, IL, Zone XI
For restoration of the garden.

1955 ($1,800) The National Cathedral, Washington, DC
Fauquier & Loudoun Garden Club, VA, Zone VII
For plantings on the Close

1954 ($1,800) The Garden of the French Legation, Austin, TX
The Garden Club of Houston, TX, Zone IX

1953 ($1,800) Eighteenth-Century Garden at Smith’s Castle, Wickford, RI
South County Garden Club, North Kingstown, RI, Zone II

1952 ($1,600) New York Botanical Garden Expedition, The Bronx, NY
Lenox Garden Club, MA, Zone I
For an expedition to Great Britain and Ireland, led by Mr. T.H. Everett, to rescue and collect rare plants for introduction in the United States

1951 ($1,500) Oakley Plantation, Audubon Memorial Park, St. Francisville, LA
The Garden Study Club of New Orleans, LA, Zone IX
For restoration of the gardens

1950 ($1,300) Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, Washington’s Cross State Park, Bucks County, PA
The Gardeners, PA, Zone V
For a pond to serve as a habitat for water-loving plants

1949 ($1,300) Hampton National Historic Site, Towson, MD
St. George‘s Garden Club, MD, Zone VI
For restoration of the original box parterre garden

1948 ($1,200) Myrtle Forest, Loeb State Park, Brookings, OR
Portland Garden Club, OR, Zone XII
To help purchase 160 acres alongside the Checto River to preserve a virgin, old-growth Myrtle (Myrtus) forest

1947 ($1,200) Bergen Swamp, Bergen, NY
Rochester Garden Club, NY, Zone III
To buy an additional 24 acres at Bergen Swamp Preservation Society

1946 ($1200) Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield, MA
Worcester Garden Club, MA, Zone I
Toward purchase of Bartholomew‘s Cobble, 20 acres of natural rock garden with over 500 species of flora, rare ferns and newly discovered Scott‘s spleenwort

1945 ($1,200) Dr. Hugh Findlay, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Columbia Univeristy, New York, NY
Bedford Garden Club, NY, Zone III
To develop garden tools especially designed for blind veterans

1944 ($1,200) Sunken Garden at Cushing General Hospital, Framingham, MA
Chestnut Hill Garden Club, MA, Zone I
For a sunken garden for horticultural rehabilitation of veterans undergoing neurosurgery

1943 ($1,200) Tract of Sequoia sempervirens (Redwoods)
Hillsborough Garden Club, CA, Zone X
For the purchase of a tract of Redwoods in the 31-mile Avenue of Giants Forest in Northern California

1942 ($1,200) Ridges Sanctuary on Lake Michigan, Bailey’s Harbor, WIv
Green Tree Garden Club, WI, Zone XI
To buy 160 acres to buffer and protect the Sanctuary

1941 ($1,200) Scholarship at New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY
South County Garden Club, RI, Zone II
To provide for a year’s scholarship for continuation of the study of Sclerotum Delphinii (Black Rot)

1940 ($1,200) Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coconut Grove, FL, Zone VIII
The Garden Club of Michigan, MI, Zone X
Plantings around the amphitheater named for The Garden Club of America

1939
($1200) Four Historic Homes
($300) Gore Place, Waltham-Watertown, MA, Zone I
Hemlocks were planted to replace those felled in that year’s hurricane.
($300) Monticello, Charlottesville, VA, Zone VII
Posts and chains were erected to surround the east lawn of the garden in accordance with Jefferson‘s specifications.
($300) Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis, MD, Zone VI
Six magnolia trees were planted in the garden.
($300) Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden, Springfield,IL, Zone XI
Approximately five acres were planted with trees: Quercus sp., Carya sp., Cercis Siliquastrum, Cornus sp.

1938 ($1,200) Hudson River Conservation Society
Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties, NY, Zone III
To help preserve the Hudson River Highlands from disfiguration

1937 ($800) Woodland Trail in Shelby Forest, Memphis, TN
Memphis Garden Club, TN, Zone IX
For the purchase and preservation of a 3-mile woodland trail in the forest

1936 ($700) Bandianus Manuscript
Amateur Gardeners, MD, Zone VI
For the publication of the Badianus Manuscript in English by Johns Hopkins Press. One of the earliest known Aztec herbals, composed in Latin by a Mexican physician in 1552, it was translated by Dr. Emily Walcott Emmart.

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