By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
“Plant flowers in others’ gardens and your life becomes a bouquet!” – Unknown.
If you have supported our Mill Creek Garden Tour over the last three years, you should be feeling mighty proud. Thanks to your support of our fundraising events, Mill Creek Garden Club President Julie Jacobson and Grants Chair Kathi Zehner ventured out on a chilly February 2018 afternoon to hand over nice, crisp checks to some very grateful students at two local schools and to the Global Director at one local charitable foundation.
These three recipients, along with a Farmer Frog donation in the Autumn of 2017 represent a total of $4,700 awarded by Mill Creek Garden Club over the past year.
What fun to lend a helping hand and oh the happy faces and appreciative handshakes Julie and Kathi received!
These are the three February 2018 recipients of our Grants Awards:
Hope Creek Charitable Foundation
The Community Care Garden project is a volunteer-driven garden. They donate a percentage of their harvest to the Mill Creek Food Bank and for families and volunteers in our community. Julie and Kathi were given a tour of the existing garden with its raised beds—carrots and other veggies are currently planted in February.
Rain and chill aside, the tour of the garden was inspiring, plus the handmade sign and decorated shed were such welcoming cheerfulness on this wet, dreary day.
Hope Creek runs solely on volunteers. We’ll plan to return to get a photo just before harvest time!
Hope Creek Community Care Garden project: The funds will be used to upgrade their watering system, install a greenhouse to extend the seasons and expand their plant/seed selection.
- Snap and Grow 6 ft. x 8 ft. Silver Polycarbonate Greenhouse.
- Workspace Outdoor 1,500-Watt Infrared Quartz Portable Heater.
- Plumbing Supplies for additional watering system.
- Plants, seeds, compost & Soil.
North Creek High School – The Jaguars
North Creek High School is the Northshore School District's fourth comprehensive high school, located in the far north end of the school district and opened in the fall of 2017 with students in grades 9, 10 and 11. It’s brand new and already a Gardening Club has been formed! These are our kind of kids—they care about our planet!
Project: North Creek Gardening Club
Funds were given for the construction of four gardening beds, plus soil and other gardening supplies. The goal of this project is to involve students in creating a sustainable food source while teaching them how to maintain a community garden.
Approximately 40 students will participate in the gardening once the beds are ready for planting. Mill Creek Garden Club is thrilled to get the North Creek Jaguars Gardening Club up and running!
Henry M. Jackson High School – The Timberwolves
Project: Project Green Club
This student club installed a native plant garden in October of 2016 and has been maintaining it ever since. They would like to add plantings in the future, but this request was for an 18”x 24” interpretive sign on a metal post to be designed by Project Green Club student members. It is hoped the sign will allow all students to learn about the native plants and sustainable design of the garden. Mill Creek Garden Club will check back with the students, so we can show their sign design and native plant garden.
A chilly, rainy February day was not the best time for garden photo taking, although these high schoolers were game to head outside—must be that Timberwolves’ spirit!
With another Mill Creek Garden Tour & Artisan Market scheduled for June 23, 2018, plans are growing to give back more in our 2018-19 year—in part thanks to you.
Cheryl Scheffer smiling in the rain with Julie and Kathi, thanks to Hope Creek Community Garden’s David Harmon holding the umbrella. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.
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