The Garden Club of the Back Bay announces that the following organizations will receive a total of $20,000 in financial grants for 2011:
- The Commonwealth Avenue Mall Committee – $5,000 to be credited to the Hereford Street to Massachusetts Avenue air spading project fund.
- The Friends of the Public Garden – $4,000 to continue the inoculation of elms at risk for contracting Dutch elm disease.
- The Esplanade Association – $2,500 for the Elliot Oval Landscape Restoration, planting new trees and treating trees already on site, near the newly restored Community Boating docks.
- Emerald Necklace Conservancy – $2,500 for a planned meadow to be developed with native species and wildflowers.
- Boston Nature Center/Massachusetts Audubon Society - $2,500 to support six full scholarships for its summer camp. The children attending the camp range in age from 5 to 14 and are from the local neighborhoods of Mattapan, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain.
- Charles River Clean Up Boat – $2,000, to help continue the project of keeping the Charles River trash-free.
- Urban Ecology Institute - $1,000 to help with its Grow Boston Greener tree planting initiative.
- The Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America – $500 to the Blossom Fund, which is accumulating funds over a five year period to be awarded to a deserving project on or about the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
In addition to the above grants, The Garden Club of the Back Bay will spend $20,000 on planting, pruning, and treating the street trees in the neighborhood over the coming year.