under the Fertilizer Fund page for a list of this year's awards.
In celebration of The Garden Club of America's 100th anniversary, the PCGCA worked on restoring the Concourse Lake area in the Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia. The three year project was a
to the city of Philadelphia and included new macadam paths around the lake, amphitheater for an outdoor classroom, hundreds of
trees and shrubs
, and new plantings in the wetlands area.
under Concourse Lake page for an overview of the project.
The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America was featured on The Garden Club of America's website (gcamerica.org) for their ongoing commitment to the city of Philadelphia and its residents
Text of the article:
September 16, 2019
Improving the Quality of Life in the City of Philadelphia for Fifty-Five Years
In 2019, The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America (PCGCA) awarded over $46,000 in grants to seventeen organizations in the city of Philadelphia whose horticultural projects improve the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods and the environment. One project that is particularly related to the GCA is the restoration of the Elizabeth Price Martin Azalea Path along the back perimeter of Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park.
Elizabeth Price Martin was both a co-founder of the GCA in 1913, and then in 1926 she was a founder and first president of the Committee of 1926 that restored Strawberry Mansion as a museum and a place of hospitality. In 1933, Strawberry Mansion's Azalea Path was dedicated to the work of Elizabeth Price Martin.
Between 2011 and 2019, PCGCA has made three generous grants for the restoration of the Azalea Path. PCGCA Chairman Diane Drinker says: "We are extremely gratified that our grant has enabled the beauty of this historic garden to once again bloom in honor of GCA founder Elizabeth Price Martin."
PCGCA combines resources of ten clubs in the Philadelphia area, making grants to projects only within the City limits that focus on education, community enrichment, food production and historic preservation.
Top photo, from left: Constance Ragsdale, President of the Committee of 1926, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Susan Ayres, PCGCA Co-chairman Grant Oversight, Diane Drinker, PCGCA Chairman. Left Photo: "The Path Dedicated May 1933 to Elizabeth Price Martin" at Strawberry Mansion, with the Azalea Path's restoration funded by PCGCA. Photo credits to Warren Ayres.
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The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America was featured onThe Garden Club of America's website. Click here to read the article about the work we do in and for the city of Philadelphia.
The mission of The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America (PCGCA) is to support and advance horticulturally based projects and educational programs undertaken by 501(c)3 organizations within the City of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America (PCGCA) is a volunteer organization of over 600 members representing the ten Garden Club of America clubs in the Philadelphia area. Educational opportunities benefit members and the community.
One hundred percent of the funds raised from the annual "Fertilizer Fund" fundraising appeal are distributed as grants to 501(c)3 organizations within the City of Philadelphia. PCGCA projects promote the knowledge of horticulture and conservation; as well as beautify and improve public, historic, and neighborhood gardens and landscapes. Due diligence and oversight of all projects is exercised. Members also volunteer to maintain and improve select public gardens.