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Garden Clubs accepting grant applications for environmental projects

The Pollinator Garden at Wellington Park was created from a 2014 grant awarded to Wild Ones.
The Pollinator Garden at Wellington Park was created from a 2014 grant awarded to Wild Ones. Liz Pattengill

The Lexington Council of Garden Clubs is accepting grant applications from non-profit groups to fund environmental, conservation and gardening projects.

The deadline to apply is March 14. Projects must be in Fayette County or at the state headquarters of the Garden Clubs of Kentucky in Paris, and open to the public. Projects for private use or operated for profit will not be accepted.

“We want to emphasize using native plants, and no invasive species will be allowed,” said Judy Royse, grants committee chairwoman.

Grants will be made from proceeds from the 2015 Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour. The tour is held every two years.

The council will give two $500 scholarships for the study of horticulture, conservation or landscape design at the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum on Alumni Drive, a joint project of the city and UK, will receive $1,000 for educational activities.

Then $4,500 will be dispersed in grants. The council has funded a variety of environmental and beautification efforts from garden tour proceeds since the early 1980s, Royse said.

These include a greenhouse at Leestown Middle School, butterfly gardens at the Ronald McDonald House and in the Stonewall Neighborhood; a meditation garden at the Markey Cancer Center, raised vegetable beds at the Veterans Administration Hospital on Leestown Road, several community gardens and street trees planted by Lexington Traditional Magnet students.

Receive an application by calling Royse at (859) 276-1857 or emailing her at Lexingtonjudy@gmail.com.

Beverly Fortune is a former Herald-Leader reporter. She can be reached at beverlyfortune123@gmail.com or (859) 948-7846.