Thursday, 31 January 2019 13:30

Heritage Garden Club Receives Grant 

Heritage Garden Club Receives Grant  Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In November of 2018 the Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs received $1,100 from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. The club oversees the garden spaces at a few well-known locations in the community, which include the Saratoga Heritage Visitor Center on South Broadway, the Gideon Putnam Burying Ground, and the Garden of Hope at the Radiology-Oncology Center at Saratoga Hospital.

Though it may not seem like much, this garden club uses it not only to maintain their three public gardens in the city but to support garden workshops for the residents of Woodlawn Commons retirement community in Saratoga Springs, and for presentations for the members.

The club was founded in 1987 and is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State District 4, which includes Saratoga, Schuylerville, Ballston Spa, Charlton and Lake George.

“Oh it’s a big help, it’s a tremendous help because it gives each garden also money to replenish the garden, to put perennials and annuals in for the coming year, and we use it for fertilizer and soil for the three gardens,” says Mariann Gold, Vice President of the Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs.

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust is well-known for granting organizations funds throughout the capital region, and this isn’t the first time the club received this grant. The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable trust was founded by the estate of Alfred Solomon who was a philanthropist from Saratoga Springs who was a leader in fashion and the horse racing industry.

Gold believes the club received the grant because of all of the other charitable projects the club does outside of gardening. The club also gathers food for food pantries, purchases gifts for the “Empty Stocking Project” and collects gloves, mittens and scarves for those in need, seniors and children. “They’ve been extremely gracious to us. We use it for the gardens in the community and to help the community, and we’re all very happy that they do that for us; its really a big help,” Gold said about the Grant.

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