The Grapevine Garden Club has been awarded a grant from The AMES Companies, which manufactures gardening tools.
The grant was applied for through the National Garden Clubs, which has formed a partnership with AMES.
The assortment of 66 gardening tools allowed the club to provide gardening assistance to three community based civic garden projects, according to the club.
Earlier this month, club members Karen Rice and Pam Braak made a presentation of tools to Caryn Hutchinson representing the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) Community Garden; Harold Annis, the Master Gardener project leader at the Heritage Elementary School Garden; and Betsy Marsh and Mikaela Rood, the environmental committee chairs at the Grapevine Elementary School Nature Center.
The donation included trowels, shovels, pruning saws, garden hoses, gardening carts and colorful kid-size shovels and hoes.
The tool grant allowed the garden club to add to its annual cash grant and plant material support of the named civic projects.
GRACE community garden grows fresh produce for the GRACE Food Pantry, which provides food for those in need from the community. The garden is worked continually, year round.
These tools will aid with planting, harvesting and maintaining the garden. The GRACE community garden relies solely on donations for tools, seeds, plants, dirt, manure and all items to maintain a healthy garden.
The Heritage Elementary School Garden is an outdoor learning environment where students experience gardening firsthand. The school has a garden club that provides a hands-on teaching program and leads the students in a multitude of garden activities such as planting plants and seeds, rainwater harvesting, propagation of plants and learning about soil health, nutrition and other information.
The garden is maintained by volunteers and the kids actively work in the garden during their “garden club” sessions. Grapevine Garden Club members said the tools will help maintain the ongoing project and will be used by the students and the volunteers.
The Grapevine Elementary School World of Wonder (WOW) Nature Center is an interactive learning garden where students can experience nature first hand. The center has raised vegetable beds and a pumpkin patch and will soon include a monarch butterfly garden, an herb and sensory garden, compost bins, a soil experiment station and more.
The teachers help to care for the center and are receiving training on how to integrate the center into all areas of the curriculum. More than 500 students are able to use the center to learn about the natural world through hands-on study, experimentation, and gardening. These tools will aid the teachers, volunteers and kids to work in this garden.