BAEE Awards Second Grant

On October 2, 2016, BAEE presented a grant to Earth Sangha, a local nonprofit dedicated to restoring native plant communities and propagating native plants.

Photo of the second grant recipient with BAEE members.
Left to right: BAEE Board Members Mary Page Hickey and Karen Ringstrand with Chris Bright.

On behalf of BAEE, Treasurer Karen Ringstrand presented a check for $10,000.00 to Chris Bright, President of Earth Sangha, during the semi-annual native plant sale at the Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery in Franconia Park, Virginia.

Earth Sangha will use the funds to support its School Greening Kit Initiative, which will expand and formalize its support of schools in creating native plant habitats on school grounds.

This is the second grant BAEE has made from the proceeds of the sale of its book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.

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Karen began painting when she enrolled in an adult education course titled Oil Painting for Beginners in the 1990s in London, UK. Later she enrolled in an art class taught by Anne-Marie Evans and earned her diploma at the Chelsea Physic Garden. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 2008, Karen continues to paint and take classes. She is active in BAEE and has served as a Board member and Treasurer.