HPS/MAG Grant Program 

The HPS/MAG Grant Program was started in 2009. Once a year, HPS/MAG awards grants from $300 up to $1,000 to individuals, community groups, schools, and other organizations in the mid-Atlantic region who are working to promote horticulture and positive ecological impact. Applications due January 31.  

Past HPS/MAG Grant Award Winners: 

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University in Ambler, PA received $1000 for the Living Mulch Demonstration Trail to educate arboretum visitors and users about the ecological benefits and ornamental possibilities of using plants as living mulch.

Appoquinimink High School and the Gloucester County Certified Gardeners in Middletown, DE received $812 to help populate a roughly quarter-acre site on the Appoquinimink High School campus with hardy, native trees, shrubs, and perennials using the Miyawaki MicroForest design.

Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, PA received $1018 to repair and replenish the riparian plantings in the Forested Wetland to increase the biodiversity and stop erosion within the buffer floodplain.

Bondsville Mill Park in Downingtown, PA received $744 to purchase plants for their newest garden area at the Bird Watch.

Cape May Point Science Center in Cape May Point, NJ received $700 to help create a Pollinator Garden, in the inner courtyard of the former St. Mary's by the Sea Retreat House.

Colonial Canopy Trees in Plymouth Meeting, PA received $690 to enhance the local ecosystem as part of the Old Woods Restoration project at Harriet Wetherill Park in Plymouth Township, Pennsylvania.

Ephrata High School Agriculture Department received $740 to support their Habitat Restoration project to improve the biodiversity in a hedgerow along the eastern property line of Ephrata High School.

Friends of Monmouth County Park System, Inc. in Lincroft, NJ received $950 to help to build a native wetland Bio-Basin garden adjacent to the Environmental Center's parking lot.

Friends of White Clay Creek State Park in Newark, DE received $750 to create a Pollinator Garden to replace the invasive plants around the Chambers House Nature Center.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens in Devon, PA received $1000 to create a garden focused on providing food and habitat for seed-eating birds. 

John J. Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA received $1,000 to help fund the Tyler Pond Rejuvenation project to enhance the existing landscape surrounding the pond by planting sweeps of perennials and shrubs.

Kennett Library in Kennett Square, PA received $650 to help establish a Meadow Rain Garden at the Kennett YMCA to create a restorative habitat.

Mount Olive United Methodist Church in Randallstown, MD received $900 to expand their Shared Harvest Cooperative Garden at Mount Olive for Loaves and Fishes Pantry food assistance.

Nicholas Newlin Foundation in Glen Mills, PA received $500 for their new conservation-based planting area, the Bluebird Waystation, located adjacent to an existing meadow lined with bluebird nest boxes.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA received $715 to provide funding to help reduce the area of mown grass in their preserve by creating intentional circular areas of native wildflowers on a sunny hillside while addressing erosion concerns.

The SILO (Serving, Inspiring and Loving Others) organization in Oxford, PA received $532 to help complete the Growing Together Community Garden.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ received $790 to help purchase and plant native pollinator plants under the power lines area that runs through the Cedar Run property.  

Wyck Association in Philadelphia, PA received $1000 to create a small, sensory children's garden for ages 4-12 with a focus on pollinator-friendly ornamental plants that extend the bloom season on-site.

Wyncote Audubon Society in Abbington, PA received $1000 to help establish the Twining Valley Park Native Plant Demo Garden.

Ability Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach, VA received $735 to help create their first onsite garden to provide hands-on education and engagement with horticulture for adults and children with disabilities. Click here for the final report.

Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, PA received $300 to restock their nursery of bulk native plant plugs grown on and used to replace invasive plants as they are removed throughout the property. Click here for the final report.

Bondsville Mill Park in Downingtown, PA received $870 to purchase plants for the hillsides of the Mill’s amphitheater to demonstrate the importance of native plants to pollinators while supporting the pollinators in the Mill’s gardens. Click here for the final report. 

Cooperative Gardens of Narberth in Narberth, PA received $650 to support their Giving Garden which grows produce for local food banks and neighbors in need. Click here for the final report.

Franklin Gardeners Association in Franklin, PA received $300 to purchase plants for their new Children’s Learning Butterfly Garden. Click here for the final report.

Friends of Hope Lodge in Fort Washington, PA received $700 to create a pollinator garden to demonstrate how deer-resistant, low maintenance and pollinator friendly plants can be adapted to the home garden. Click here for the final report.

Friends of Monmouth County Park System, Inc. in Lincroft, NJ received $800 to help purchase the native perennial plants needed to create the new exhibition pond garden to help educate the public about the importance of planting native species. Click here for the final report.

HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Philadelphia, PA received $540 to purchase adaptive devices to enable children with profound disabilities to engage in horticultural activities. Click here for the final report.

Itineris Foundation Inc in Baltimore, MD received $700 to create a pollinator garden to provide vocational horticultural therapy for adults on the ASD spectrum. Click here for the final report.

John J. Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA received $1500 to provide funding to purchase the perennials and tree needed to enhance the native plant collection at the Pollinator Preserve. Click here for the final report.

Kingsborough Community College Community Farm and Garden in Brooklyn, NY received $1000 to convert on-campus farm space to a new community farm and vegetable garden.

Mount Olive United Methodist Church in Randallstown, MD received $850 for their Community Garden Project to bring together members of the community to learn to grow their own food and support the local food pantry. Click here for the final report.

Nicholas Newlin Foundation in Glen Mills, PA received $502 to purchase native shrubs and understory tree species to improve their Forest Classroom for use in educational programs and community outreach activities. Click here for the final report.

Philadelphia Orchard Project in Philadelphia, PA received $765 from The Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group to expand the demonstration shade and pollinators gardens at the POP Learning Orchard. Click here for the final report.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA received $587 to create a propagation area on the preserve to sustainably grow their own native plants and trees from seed and to use the propagation area in their education programs. Click here for the final report.

Strawberry Hill Foundation Inc. in Fairfield, PA received $772 to expand their environmental education programming by adding a native plant garden to their Nature Classroom. Click here for the final report.

Sussex County Master Gardeners in Georgetown, DE received $770 to purchase perennial plants for their Dry Shade Garden to demonstrate a well-landscaped grove of trees. Click here for the final report.

The Miquon School in Conshohocken, PA received $500 to purchase native plant materials to stabilize the banks of the creek that runs through campus. Click here for the final report.

Tredyffrin Environmental Advisory Council in Berwyn, PA received $700 for the purchase of native shrubs to stabilize the swale buffer at the Wilson Farm Park. Click here for the final report.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley in Worcester, PA received $291 to enhance their horticulture-based training program for youth with disabilities. Click here for the final report. 

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ received $440 to provide funding to help purchase the pollinator plants for their new pollinator garden and educational signage, mounting and modeling components. Click here for final report.

Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA received $600 to plant their new Herbaceous Teaching Garden. This garden will help educate students and visitors on how to design, plant and maintain a primarily herbaceous garden in a time of rapid climate change.

Bartrams Garden in Philadelphia, PA received $500 to purchase the supplies needed to create cohesive, permanent labels for their living plant collection to help inspire curiosity and educate visitors.

Bondsville Mill Park in Downingtown, PA received $978 to complete the sustainable native plantings in their new handicap accessible Race Walk Garden. Their newest garden will demonstrate a retention basin can be both attractive and beneficial.

Friends of Monmouth County Park System, Inc. in Lincroft, NJ received $730 to plant a native species garden to educate the public, beautify the landscape and improve wildlife habitat.

Henry Foundation for Botanical Research in Gladwyne, PA received $470 to secure, propagate and hopefully share selections of the native North American species Mary Henry brought back from her botanical expeditions in the early 20th Century.

Homer-Center School District in Homer City, PA received $800 to fill existing garden beds with pollinator friendly plants to attract butterflies and native pollinators to their existing Giving Garden.

Hopewell Township Environmental Commission in Hopewell, NJ received $475 to create a native plant display garden with educational signage which will be used to promote their innovative Native Plant Garden Starter Project.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens in Devon, PA received $1000 to create a reimagined landscape by planting highly horticulturally and ecologically valuable trees and shrubs to replace those lost in the storms of 2020.

John J. Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA received $750 to enhance the appearance of their Butterfly House by planting native plants to attract pollinators and enhance educational opportunities at the exhibit.

Philadelphia Orchard Project in Philadelphia, PA received $600 to plant a demonstration shade garden at the new POP Learning Orchard at The Woodlands.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA received $500 to provide environmental education experience for summer interns and young volunteers and leave a lasting environmental benefit at the preserve.

The Outdoor Gardeners of Chestnut Hill c/o Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, PA received $175 to add a children’s pollinator garden to the existing vegetable garden. The new garden will provide educational opportunities for the elementary school children and improve the productivity of the vegetable garden.

Urban Promise Wilmington in Wilmington, DE received $673 to create a native plant pollinator garden at an inner-city high School in Northeast Wilmington, This garden will help Urban Promise Academy students to learn about gardening, pollinator communities and rainfall management.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley in Worchester, PA received $250 to further enhance the aesthetics and educational signage in their fully accessible sensory garden.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford, NJ received $1,000 to plant native Pineland species with educational signage in their Wildlife Housing Area.

Wyncote Audubon Society in Abington, PA received $1,000 to create a native pollinator garden with interpretive signs to educate the community and improve wildlife habitat.


Riverbend Environmental Education Center, Gladwyne, PA received $520 to stabilize slopes and prevent erosion with native planting.

Philadelphia Orchard Project, Philadelphia, PA received $1000 to plant a new community orchard in partnership with Depaul USA.

Variety--the Children's Charity of the Delaware Valley received $500 to enhance the accessible sensory garden for youth with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Mercer High School, Mercer County Special Services School District received $500 to increase accessibility and teach horticulture and nutrition through their work in the courtyard.

Nicholas Newlin Foundation, Glen Mills, PA received $500 to create a meadow classroom for a local second grade classroom.

Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, DE received $1000 to develop a sensory and pollinator garden.

Wyncote Audubon Society received $500 towards planting and restoration of a portion of a former golf course to native habitat for insects and birds.

Keystone College, Factoryville, PA received $510 to create The Experiential Learning Bird Garden, an educational plant garden demonstrating the importance of native and imperiled plants for supporting wildlife.

Hope United Methodist Church--Hope Meadow, Euphrata, PA received $750 for educational signage for Hope Meadow.

John Bartram Association, Philadelphia, PA received $500 to support the creation of beneficial foundation planting at the entrance of Bartram's Mile Trail.

Restoring Central Dover/Wesley College Community Garden received $750 to create a native pollinator plant-lined pathway into the Community Garden.

Sacred Heart Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA received $600 towards creating an outdoor environmental classroom.

Friends of Fairview Park, Philadelphia, PA received $500 to develop a new entryway and protected pathway entering the park.

Delaware Center for Horticulture received $500 to enhance and improve several of the beds within its Demonstration Garden.

Stewart Middle School Norristown, PA received $250 to enhance a pollinator garden adjacent to the school vegetable garden.

Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County received $500 for educational signage at their Teaching Gardens at Smedley Park, Springfield, PA.


Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA received $500 to establish a hedgerow planting for pollinators adjacent to a more formally planted pollinator habitat.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA received $814 to refurbish and enhance the Enabling Garden for patients recovering from neurological diagnoses.

Chester County Learning Center, Coatesville, PA received $500 for plants to complete a project to enhance a public space and water feature at the Learning Center.

Delaware Nature Society, Hockessin, DE received $500 to create an educational habitat garden in the Outdoor Classroom at the Dupont Environmental Education Center of the Delaware Nature Society.

Long Branch Green Team, Long Branch, NJ received $450 to revitalize and restore a neglected park within the City of Long Branch, Jackson Woods.

Philadelphia Orchard Project, Philadelphia, PA received $1,000 restore and expand a community orchard in partnership with the Overbrook Environmental Education Center.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, Gladwyne, PA received $700 to carry out a planting project in an area of neglected grassland.

Stillwater Township Elementary School, Stillwater, NJ received $500 to design and construct a Monarch Butterfly Waystation and Pollinator Garden as part of an outdoor science lab.

The Friends of High School Park, Elkins Park, PA received $1,000 for the purchase of plants for the maintenance and management of a native ecosystem.

The Miquon School, Conshohocken, PA received $500 for the purchase of plants to improve the woodland campus and prevent erosion on steep slopes in the valley and along the creek bed.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA received $200 for the purchase of plants to expand the multi-sensory garden.

Wyck Association, Philadelphia, PA received $500 for the restoration of a historic rose garden destroyed by disease which was created in 1824.


Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA received $350.00 for their horticultural therapy program.

Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Aurora, NY received $350.00 to plant asclepias for butterflies and the control of erosion on the shore of the lake.

College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA received $400.00 for a program to aid visually impaired individuals to visit the gardens and feel, touch, and learn about the medicinal herbs and other plants.

Delaware Center for Horticulture, Wilmington, DE received $350.00 for a garden to grow vegetables and ornamentals in difficult urban conditions.

Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA received $300.00 to build a crevice garden to explore easy care gardens for drought tolerant plants.

Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, PA received $400.00 to restore browning hillside and control water runoff from housing developments.

Master Gardeners of Delaware, Springfield, PA received $250.00 for plants for their urban gardening program in Chester.

Melwood Horticultural Training Center, Inc., Upper Marlboro, MD received $300.00 to create a pollinator garden as part of their therapy program for people of differing abilities.

St. Peter's Historical Church and School, Philadelphia, PA received $300.00 to plant trees along the pedestrian walkway through the churchyard.


Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA received $200.00 for wetland plants to increase the diversity of flora and fauna in and around their pond.

Stillwater Township Elementary School, Stillwater, NJ was given $200.00 to help construct an outdoor classroom to increase students' knowledge of agricultural practices in conjunction with the school's large vegetable garden program.

York Fresh Foods Farms in Red Lion, PA will use their $300.00 grant to to establish a native plant habitat for pollinators.

The Philadelphia Orchard Project received $500.00 to plant fruit and nut trees and native plants as part of the Norris Square Neighborhood Project in Philadelphia.

Miquon School, 2025 Harts Lane, Conshohocken, PA  were awarded $500.00 towards a pollinator garden as part of a project to restore their creek, its banks and the ecological health of the property including replacing invasives with native plants, preventing erosion and controlling runoff all with the very active participation of the students..

C.W Henry School, 601 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA were awarded $300.00 to go towards a long term project to support an educational program for the benefit of the students and the community. This grant will specifically support garden education lessons led by a Farm Educator while providing fresh produce to students, their families and others in the community including a local shelter.



Riverbend Environmental Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA were awarded $200.00 to help restore the Courtyard Garden, an outdoor educational area, and planting it with native plants which attract pollinators and improve wildlife biodiversity. Riverbend has many programs, mainly for children, and has many visitors. The Courtyard will greet and welcome them all. 

Stillwater Township Elementary School, 904 Stillwater Road, Stillwater NJ were award $500.00. Stillwater has been working on a schoolyard garden and greenhouse project. Not only is this project a valuable learning experience for the students but for the community which is very supportive of, and active in the effort. Horticultural, agriculture, building and maintenance of structures are all part of the program. There will  be an outdoor classroom and a vegetable garden which will be harvested and benefit over one hundred families. 


Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City, MD, were awarded $500 to establish a pollinator garden to attract bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and ladybugs, and to help educate the 800,000 annual park visitors about the importance of pollinators to the environment. 

Centreville Elementary School (CES), Centreville, VA, received $500 for outdoor gardens that will be planted and maintained by the students. Each grade level will be assigned a garden space, including raised beds, a greenhouse, a native garden, a butterfly garden, and more. This project will also help the homeless and many families at CES by providing organic produce to help supplement their needs. 

New Voices Middle School, Brooklyn, NY, were awarded a $500 grant to continue their greening work, specifically the care for twenty trees on the block where the school resides, and the expansion of the recently planted butterfly/pollinator garden in the school courtyard. The school's Green Team along with school employees and community members will participate in annual greening events and provide ongoing care of the planting beds.

   New Voices  New Voices


Winthrop High School, Winthrop, Maine, will use the funds to enhance their outdoor student garden, which exposes students to planting, growing, maintaining, and harvesting produce that is used in the school cafeteria.

Newlin Grist Mill, Glen Mills, PA, will use their grant money to expand and reconfigure their pollinator garden so it is more accessible to approximately 40,000 visitors each year.

Sandy Ridge Community Garden, Doylestown, PA, will use their grant money to re-establish an organic vegetable garden so they can continue to support local food pantries with nearly 1,200 pounds of produce per year. 


Sandy Ridge Community Garden  The new shed at the Sandy Ridge Community Garden 



Riverbend, Gladwyne, PA, a previous award winner and environmental education center in Gladwyne, received $250 to label three native plant gardens to encourage use of native plants in home gardens.

The Jenkins Arboretum, Devon, PA received $500 for expansion and restoration of their conservation woodland project to improve the aesthetics of this location and reduce water run-off.

Jenkins Arboretum restoration project Volunteers at Jenkins Arboretum 


The HMS School for Cerebral Palsy, 
Philadelphia, PA received $500 to provide gardening experience to students through the construction of raised beds and trellis gardens that are wheelchair accessible. 

Highlands Historical Society, Fort Washington, received $250 to help preserve and beautify the garden by planting heirloom daffodils in the parterre beds of this historic farm.

Boys & Girls Club, Vineland, NJ. The Boys and Girls Club of Vineland, NJ established  the “Project Grow” Community Garden in 2009. Project Grow used the $500 award from HPS to expand the garden by adding more beds, installing more plants, and amending the soil, and a seating area.

Boys & Girls Club of Vineland - Gardeners the CARC 2015 Summer Program  Boys & Girls Club of Vineland - Day of Service


Historic Fair Hill, Inc, Philadelphia, PA, was awarded $250 to assist with the purchase and installation of a blueberry patch. Four Neighborhood Teen Gardeners will work under the supervision of the Garden Manager to provide the planting labor; the income they earn will help them purchase clothing and school supplies.

Planting at Historic Fair Hill  Planting at Historic Fair Hill


The C. W. Henry School, Philadelphia, PA. The C. W. Henry School was awarded $250 to assist with the implementation of gardening programs for its 400 students. Through the use of the garden as an outdoor classroom, students will be directly involved in the growing process, learning how to be proactive about healthy nutrition and sustainable growing practices, and enjoying fresh produce.

CWH first graders enjoy salad in the garden Fall harvest at the C. W. Henry School


Keyport Garden Club, Keyport, NJ. The Keyport Garden Club was awarded $500 to assist with the establishment of a community garden in Keyport, NJ, a town devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The funds will help the garden club to create an inviting green space, surrounded by a fence that will enclose garden plots for lease by community residents, and include a seed library. 

Fencing for the Keyport Community Garden  Future Home of the Keyport Community Gardens



Jamison Elementary School, Jamison PA. This grant will enable the students' "Grub Club" to brew batches of compost tea to organically fertilize their 'Garden of Eatin'.

Horn Farm Center for Agriculture Education, York, PA. The Horn Farm Center connects at risk youth with agriculture through the process of building and growing a community garden.

Horn Farm Center - Girl planting Planting at Horn Farm Center   Kids planting at Horn Farm Center


Historic Fair Hill, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.  Bee and butterfly attracting plants will be planted at Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground to aid pollination, support education programs, and provide beauty.

PSU Extension, York office / MAEscapes Educational Outreach. The grant will support the Master Gardener work with the Dover Elementary school to plant native shrubs.

Ned Wolf Park, Mt. Airy, PA.  Funds will be used for the Terrace Wall project which seeks to replace old creosote landscape ties with stone seating walls.

C.W. Henry School PTA, Philadelphia, PA.  Grant funding will assist with educational gardening programs for kids.


Rose Valley Environmental Advisory Council. The HPS grant helped to cover the costs of the native shrubs and forest understory plantings at the Saul Wildlife Sanctuary.

Montgomery 4-H Beekeepers Club. The club selected eight pollinator friendly perennials and planted 500 plugs in a swale in the Morris Arboretum's Pollinator garden. 

Montgomery Co. 4H Beekeepers Club - Planting day in Spring  Montgomery Co. 4H Beekeepers Club - The swale in fall


C. W. Henry School, Philadelphia, PA. This grant, along with a grant from the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, allowed our farm educator, David Siller, to garden with approximately 230 students.

Harvest Time at C. W. Henry School Summer's bounty at C. W. Henry School


Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association and Center School. Install a native plant garden on the school campus.

Center School Kids plant natives  Center School Sign in a bed of flowers  Center School kids planting and learning about native plants


Historic Rittenhouse Town, Inc. Streamside stabilization project for Paper Mill Run.

Historic Fair Hill Inc. Planted a hillside lawn at the historic burial ground with naturalizing early spring bulbs.


Friends of Linwood Park, Ardmore, PA. HPS contribued $500 for the park's new tree platform.

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, Philadelphia, PA. HPS funds helped solve a storm water management problem.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, Gladwyne, PA. HPS contributed funds to help builld a native plant garden adjacent to the parking lot.

Garrett Hill Community Garden, Radnor, PA. Grant funds were used to build four new raised beds.

Permacultivate, Reading, PA. Development of the Canal Street entrance garden for The Reading Roots Urban Farm, which sells fresh produce at a local farmer’s market, allowing low income citizens better access to fresh produce.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA. HPS contributed money for plants, rain barrels, and soaker hoses for the Native Rain Garden, a project led by the 5th and 6th Grade Faith Development Class.


Garrett Hill Community Garden, Radnor, PA.

Whitemarsh Township Parks & Recreation, Whitemarsh Township, PA. Native plants for Koontz Park

Rachel Kohl Library, Garnet Valley, PA. Entry garden

Cylburn Arboretum Associates, Baltimore, MD. Informational signage for the Veggie Garden

Face to Face Soup Kitchen, Germantown, PA. Community Garden.

Montgomery County 4-H, Collegeville, PA. Potato Towers.


New Jersey Audubon’s Rancocas Nature Center Demonstration Garden.

East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch, East Passyunk, PA.

The Grange Estate, Haverford, PA. Victorian Cutting Garden

C.W. Henry School , Philadelphia, PA. Teaching Garden

The Philadelphia Horticultural Center, Philadelphia, PA. Signage for the Hummingbird Garden

Montgomery County 4-H, Collegesville, PA. Straw Bale Gardens


Tyrell Smith. Scholarship to study Landscape Architecture at Albright College.

Elwyn Ancillary & Outpatient Therapeutic Services. Children’s Pizza Garden.

Wolfsville Elementary School, Myersville, MD. Garden Club for Kids.