Bank of America Foundation Gives Grant to Support Community Kitchen Garden & Edible Display Garden
by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, and Scott Hornby, Development Writer, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Thank you to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for providing Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with a grant that will help support the Community Kitchen Garden and a new Edible Display Garden at Lewis Ginter.
This year the Community Kitchen Garden has grown 6,599 lbs of local, organically grown vegetables for Central Virginia’s hungry children and homebound seniors served by FeedMore. Since 2008 BOA Charitable Foundation has been working to provide hunger relief and has donated over $12 million dollars to projects like ours. Bank of America Charitable Foundation has a history of support for the Community Kitchen Garden, and Bank of America employees support the mission too with their volunteer efforts.
Have you heard about the new Edible Display Garden we are creating in partnership with Virginia Tech? Edible landscaping is a key part of sustainable urban horticulture, but there are currently no major locations in Central Virginia where people can go to learn more. Our Edible Display Garden will demonstrate best practices that we hope inspire you to create similar plantings in your own yard. We’ve already started planting the 3,600 sq. ft. garden, it will be located next to the Children’s Garden, and will enhance the area’s ornamental landscaping with food-producing plants. The project will provide a teaching landscape for adult and school classes and demonstrate how a food producing urban landscape can be functional, sustainable and beautiful. The Edible Display Garden will include fruit and nut trees, berry producing shrubs, herbs, root vegetables and more. The Garden will feature hardy, low maintenance species that are ideal for Central Virginia. We will display plants with a range of harvest times to grow fresh produce throughout the season. Look for more information and photos of the Edible Display Garden in coming months. Other sites of the Edible Display Garden project include Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech, Fairfax County’s Greenspring Garden and Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Thank you Bank of America — we appreciate your partnership.