More than 30 area non-profit organizations have received a boost from the Cape Fear Garden Club.
The club recently handed out nearly $76,000 in grants to local groups and area schools to help improve their natural surroundings and enhance understanding of preservation.
The funds were garnered through this year’s Azalea Garden Tour, held during the annual N.C. Azalea Festival. For more than six decades, proceeds from the event have supported local beautification, conservation and educational projects to local non-profit organizations, as well as endowed scholarships to the UNC-Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College and ongoing support of the North Carolina Audubon Society for Battery Island.
Grant money must be used for plant materials, garden preparation and restoration, watering systems, landscape enhancements, education and conservation projects.
Winners of this year’s grants are as follows:
- Airlie Gardens Foundation
- Bellamy Mansion Museum
- Bread for Life Ministry
- Cameron Art Museum
- Cape Fear Academy
- Cape Fear Community College Foundation
- Cape Fear Group Homes
- Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
- The Carousel Center
- The Children’s Museum of Wilmington
- Dorothy B. Johnson Pre-K School
- DREAMS of Wilmington, NC
- Feast Down East/Wilmington Housing/Hillcrest Community
- Friends of Hoggard High Baseball
- Friends of New Hanover County Arboretum
- Friends of New Hanover County Arboretum-Ability Garden
- Hoggard High School
- Island Montessori Charter School
- Lower Cape Fear Historical Society-Latimer House
- Lower Cape Fear Hospice
- Mary C. Williams Elementary PTA
- Mary Washington Howe Pre-K School
- New Hanover High School PTSA
- Oakdale Cemetery
- Saint Mary Catholic School
- Temple of Israel-Reibman Center
- Trinity Grove
- Wilmington Christian Academy
- Wilmington Green
The Cape Fear Garden Club is the oldest and largest garden club in the state, and one of the largest garden clubs nationwide. The 2016 Azalea Garden Tour is set for April 8-10.