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St. Croix Valley Master Gardener grant applications being accepted

St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners is now accepting grant applications for gardening projects serving St. Croix or Pierce Counties. The deadline for submission is March 10.

Each year SCVMG makes funds available for projects contributing to horticultural education, beautification/improvement of parks and community spaces, dissemination of horticultural information, human services such as growing food for local food shelves, and environmental stewardship such as prairie restoration.

Key criteria considered in awarding the grants are:

1) Does the project benefit the public as opposed to private individuals?

2) Does the project provide an opportunity for youth to learn about and appreciate horticulture?

3) Is this a first time request for grant funds?

SCVMG requests that grant recipients provide a final summary of their project, with Photos of the project by October 1, 2014. Project participants are also encouraged to provide a brief presentation of their project in October or November, 2014.

Past projects have included:

--Rain and butterfly created by students and teachers to manage roof runoff;

--planting large flower pots to beautify downtown areas;

--window box plantings at social service organizations;

--planting of native perennials and woodland plants at various parks;

--restoration of prairie landscape;

--assist in the development of community gardens in various communities; and

--beautification of park entrances and public buildings with perennials and native plants.

St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners is an organization dedicated to community enrichment through horticultural projects and all work is done by volunteers.

More information, including the complete grant application, is available on line at: Contact Phyllis Jaworski (; (715) 222-8914) or Dianne Wright (; (715) 386-9128) with any questions.


Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

(715) 808-8600