Garden Club Grants Help Valley Bloom
The Eau Claire Garden Club has awarded $2,450 in grants to local garden organizations to help make the Chippewa Valley a verdant place. The annual grant program helps organizations fund plant and soil amendment purchases, garden construction, horticultural education, and other projects. For 2019, the 10 organizations that will receive funds include: Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association for boulevard perennial plantings; Lakeshore Elementary School Garden to develop a Reading Garden area; Sessions Street Garden for a garden program serving adults with disabilities; Historic Randall Park Neighborhood Revitalization Corp. to develop a green space along First Avenue with plantings, paths, and benches; Beaver Creek Reserve for native prairie plants; Boyd Park Association for fencing; UW-Eau Claire Children’s Nature Academy for wheelbarrows; Schlegelmilch Gardens for plants for the Lake and Farwell street corner garden; Demmler Community Garden for a neighborhood stand to share garden produce; and Corydon Park Prairie Restoration Project to purchase native prairie plants. Funds for the grants come, in part, from the club’s annual “Gardens in Bloom” Garden Tour, which this year is on Saturday, July 13. The tour features seven one-of-a-kind gardens on the west side of Eau Claire. There is also a garden marketplace at one of the sites that selling plants and garden decor. Tour hours are 9am to 4pm, rain or shine. Tickets are $15 and are available at all Festival Foods stores in Eau Claire and online at eauclairegardenclub.com. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at all tour locations.