Angelo & Ann Borsello with Karen Lyness LeBlanc, September 2011
Ann Borsello, Project Native’s 2011 garden recipient, said “the full grandeur of the garden wouldn’t be realized until next spring, when the plants begin blooming. It’s like the birth of something, like a child or a grandchild. It is something to look forward to next summer, I hope.”
The fine print:
1. Nominees must be within a 25 miles radius of Project Native.
2. Nominees should be full-time residents of Berkshire, Columbia or Litchfield County.
3. Project Native will install the garden in the month of October.
4. Project Native’s Garden donation will include: a site visit, garden design, garden preparation, plant material and installation.
5. Gardens will be approximately 120 square feet.
6. Project Native cannot be responsible for garden maintenance.
Gardeners know that the benefits of gardening extend well beyond the beauty of the flowers. Project Native spends each growing season educating the public about the importance of native plants for biodiversity and ecological health.
What is much less discussed, but no less significant, is the therapeutic benefits of gardens. People often talk about the feelings of peace and gratitude they feel while in the garden. Visitors flock to public gardens to walk and sit among colorful blooms, to smell the fragrances and watch wildlife. Even the self-proclaimed non-gardener with the black thumb can’t help but appreciate a handful of wildflowers.
Cancer has reached epidemic proportions and this life-threatening illness has touched the lives of each person at Project Native. This October, Project Native wants to share the therapeutic benefits of a garden with one deserving individual in the form of a native garden installation.
One deserving community member will receive a free native garden installation by Project Native. Nominations will be accepted until October 1st. Garden recipient will be chosen by October 5th.