Garden Club Grant Will Bring $10,000 Of Shade to Davidson
Davidson will soon be $10,000 “leaf-ier,” thanks to a donation from the Davidson Garden Club (DGC) to the TreesDavidson organization.
Sara Dumser, president of DGC, said the club periodically makes modest donations to Charlotte-area groups that promote horticulture, such as Wing Haven, Rosedale, Davidson Lands Conservancy, and the UNCC Botanical Gardens. The 40-member non-profit group also dips into its treasury occasionally to provide scholarships for young gardeners to attend its annual Horticultural Symposium. That day-long event—its 35th annual— this year attracted its maximum capacity of 490 registrants.
The $100 entry fee from symposium attendees left DGC with a large kitty, and a decision about what organization should receive it. DGC settled on TreesDavidson after hearing a presentation about the group’s activities, and urban forestry in general, from TreesDavidson prime movers, David Cable and Gordon Clark.
Dumser said, “We thought about what to do with the funds and realized that the mission of TreesDavidson to increase the tree canopy in town was a perfect fit with our mission of making our community a more beautiful place.”
TreesDavidson is a Davidson Lands Conservancy program in partnership with TreesCharlotte that is focused on preserving the town’s existing tree canopy by planting new trees. Clark said, “We’ve all seen the impact development is having on our community, so our focus is getting as many trees in the ground as possible for future generations to enjoy.”
TreesDavidson has planted more than 500 trees since the Davidson group was founded six years ago. That total includes 70 at the new Plum Creek Park, with plans for an additional 500 trees there.
Clark said the DGC gift will enable the group to move forward with its ambitious reforestation plan in the town’s Fisher Farm park. TreesDavidson has planted 50 trees there, so far, and has plans to plant 300 more.
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