Projects

 

Fox Chapel Garden Club Scholarship

In June 2016 Fox Chapel Garden Club inaugurated a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to a Fox Chapel Area High School senior who will attend an educational institution after graduation.  

 

Audobon Society of Western Pennsylvania

The Fox Chapel Garden Club issupporting hte Audubon Society of Western PA Centennial Capital Campaign with a donation pledge of $10,000 to be distributed over the next three years beginning in 2016.  Theis donation is specifically directed to the Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve Accessible Trail initiative to allow people with molbility issues as well as families with young children in strollers to enjoy nature walks.

 

Cooper-Siegel Community Library Fritz Mitnick Welcome Garden

This garden was planted in 2011 by Jim Mitnick in honor of his wife, Fritz, an active member of our club and also a past president and master gardener.  The garden includes Fritz's favorite small trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.  Our members plant and maintain the garden.  In 2012 the garden received the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's Community Greening Award.

 

Trillium Trail 

In 1946 a FCGC member, Ruth Boyles,  and her husband purchased property along Squaw Run Road with the purpose of preserving it for its natural abundance of trillium.  This enabled Fox Chapel Borough to create the Trillium Trail in 1948.  For this project the FCGC received the highest award given by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, the Green Ribbon Conservation Award.

Starting in1950, the Trillium Trail walks began with elementary children taught by FCGC members to identify local wild flowers.  For many years our members in cooperation with Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Audobon Society of Western Pennsylvania (http://www.aswp.org/locations/beechwood/) held walks for area school children.  Today we continue to support the Trillium Trail by assisting in the selection, purchase, and installation of native plants in areas where disruption of the habitat has occurred. 

 

Athletic Shoe Recycling 

Our Conservation Committee regularly encourages members to recycle with monthly collection of items.   The major projects for the committee include working with a local Girl Scout troop to collect thousands of pairs of athletic shoes that are then shipped to a facility where they are recycled into multi-sport surfacing.  

 

Community Gardenfest

Our April meeting is devoted to digging perennials from our members' gardens to be sold in May at the Lauri Ann West Community Center with all of our profits donated to the Center. The festival includes children's activities, food, artwork, and beautiful plants that thrive in our area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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