2016 SUMMIT COUNTY MASTER GARDENER PARTNER GRANTS
With money raised by the Annual Tour of Gardens, the Summit County Master Gardeners contributed to 4 educational garden projects in Summit County in 2016.
1. The Cascade Locks Park Association received $1000.00 to help fund 2 educational gardens, an 1800’s type kitchen garden adjacent to the Mustill home and a memorial garden using native woodland plants. The latter is in recognition of 3 Akron citizens who integral in the reconstruction of the Mustill store site. The area is visited by as many as 900 school children on field trips and 6000 visitors to the site annually.
2. University of Akron Field Station in the Bath Nature Preserve received $1000.00 to help fund 2 workshops and the installation of a rain garden adjacent to their remodeled field station. There are many people/organizations involved in this project that the committee is excited about establishing a SCMG connection; more on that later.
3. Middlebury/Liberty Community Gardens received $500.00. They are starting a public community garden on land adjacent to their chapel. They have already secured a large portion of the moneys needed to begin this project and have started plants.
4. South Street Ministries Community Garden received $500.00. This organization will use the money to create a youth garden and program. The have a long-standing relationship with Let’s Grow Akron and have also already received other money to support this project.