KEENE— Named for one of the most notable members of the Adirondack Garden Club, the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund was established in 2005 to provide financial assistance to individuals and nonprofit organizations involved in programs whose purpose is to study, protect and enjoy the natural environment of Adirondack Park. Mrs Paine, who died in 2005, was a keen gardener who took great pride in the gardens of her family properties.

This year, the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund awarded eight grants of up to $1,500.

The winners are:

Adirondacks Land Trust, to help with the purchase of battery-powered equipment.

Au Sable Forks Elementary Schoolfor the purchase of a collection of books by Rebecca Pettiford on composting, flowers, fruits, harvesting, planting and vegetables.

creative vegetable garden, to expand an educational edible garden to include more perennial and native plants to better support native pollinators and wildlife and reduce water usage.

Nature Exploration Educational Resources, in partnership with Champlain Area Trails (CATS), to offer a program called “A Night Walk” to take children after dark and teach them about nocturnal animals and natural history in local habitats.

Friends of Moody Pondto produce an information guide for people to notice, identify and report the diversity of species that live around Moody Pond.

Lake Placid Community Gardento designate and plant a garden plot in the Lake Placid Community Garden as a native pollinator garden.

Little Peaks, Inc., to support the creation of a kindergarten in their new facility.

North Country School, to improve their beekeeping program and obtain two new hives.

More information about the Adirondack Garden Club Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund is available at adirondackgardenclub.com.

Founded in 1928, the mission of the Adirondack Garden Club is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to assist in the protection of native plants and birds, to encourage civic planting and the conservation of our natural resources . In 1933, the club joined the Garden Club of America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer organization made up of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members across the United States.

The purpose of the Adirondack Garden Club is the conservation of plants, shrubs and trees native to the Adirondack region, and the creation of wild and cultivated gardens characteristic of the environment in which they are placed, the promotion of the culture of gardens throughout the Adirondack and the promotion of civic preservation and beautification. More information is available on the club’s website.

Top photo: Mary Godnick shows the generosity of Creative Kitchen Garden. Creative Kitchen Garden received a grant from the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund to expand its educational edible garden. Photo provided by Beth Rowland.