HPS Grants Program 

The HPS Grant Program was started in 2009. Once a year, HPS/MAG awards three $300-500 grants 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 February 1.  

Below are listed past grant award winners.

2018

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.

2017

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. 

2016

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 

 

2015

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

 

2014

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.

2013

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.

2012 

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.

2011

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.

2010

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

2009

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.