BAEE Awards $46,000 in Grants in 2016
Publication costs for the book came from donations. Proceeds from book sales go to support native plants. In 2016, BAEE issued the first grants, totaling $46,000 to three recipients: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia; Earth Sangha; and the National Fund, which supports the U.S. Botanic Garden.
- Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
On Sunday, May 22, a group of BAEE Board Members and participating artists met at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to make the first donation of profits from the sale of our book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. Bonnie Driggers, Past President of BAEE and current Board Member, also donated a watercolor painting of Dirca palustris (leatherwood), one of the very early-blooming Virginia native shrubs. Read the full announcement at "BAEE Donates Funds to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens"
- Earth Sangha
On October 2, 2016, BAEE presented a grant to Earth Sangha, a local nonprofit dedicated to restoring native plant communities and propagating native plants. 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. Read the full announcement at "BAEE Awards Second Grant"
- National Fund Internship at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG)
On Sunday, November 6, 2016, BAEE awarded its third grant from the proceeds of sales of its book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. This grant will support the continued work through March 2017 of Mara Menahan as a National Fund Intern at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, D.C. President Eileen Malone-Brown, Vice President Esther Carpi, and Board Member Mary Page Hickey represented BAEE. Erica Harper, Acting Director of the National Fund, which supports the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), accepted the check of $16,000. Also in attendance were Dr. Ari Novy, Executive Director of the USBG, and Mara Menahan along with her parents who were visiting from Helena, Montana. Read the full announcement at "BAEE Awards a Third Grant"