The Peachtree Garden Club Community Fund is a 501 (c)(3) public charity. Our goal is to grant funds to local charitable, scientific or educational institutions whose endeavors lie within the fields of horticulture and/or conservation of natural or historic resources. Grant proposals are submitted yearly by April 15th, reviewed by the committee and decisions to fund those requests are made before June 30. The Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour is our sole fundraiser, and it provides the funds for these worthy projects.
Community Fund Grantee South Fork Conservancy Trails Connect with New Confluence Bridge
A decade into stitching communities together, South Fork Conservancy has connected creeks, paths, and tributaries for sustained exploration of Atlanta’s neighborhoods.
That great plan... minimal impact trails all along the creek from its confluence with the north fork at Buckhead up to Emory and on to Freedom Park and Tucker, nurtured the birth and adolescence of a great organization. Peachtree Garden Club supported an initiative to map out the pathways and the native plants and wildlife that now thrive throughout South Fork’s trails.
The crucial, big money piece has always been the bridge over the confluence, from the Armand Road Park and Cedar Chase Trail to Adina Drive and the Beltline at Buckhead.
PATH400, Peachtree Creek Greenway; all the trail connections – it’s happening! The bridge and its half million-dollar ramps are in place and are ADA compliant.
Club members Ann Lally and Jennifer Flanagan attended the ribbon cutting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, and celebrated with South Fork Conservancy board members and public officials.
Pictured above: PGC members Ann Lally and Jennifer Flanagan beside Sally Sears, Founding Director, The South Fork Conservancy, in front of the new bridge connecting neighborhoods at Armand Road Park at Ribbon Cutting on December 14, 2021.
PGC Endows University of Georgia Neel Reid Scholars
In 1947, Peachtree Garden Club (PGC) created the Neel Reid Scholarship Fund to provide support for Landscape Architecture students at University of Georgia’s College of Environment + Design. Students apply for an endowed scholarship award named after renowned Georgia Architect Neel Reid (1885-1926). Reid co-founded the Georgia School of Classicists, was a celebrated garden designer, and was dedicated to preservation and contextual design.
PGC has continued to support growth of the endowment, now hovering at over $1 million. On average, 10 to 12 graduate and undergraduate students receive awards annually. And, if any receive an assistantship, the University waives tuition, a net effect doubling of the award. Hands-on PGC committee members vet candidates and submit final recommendations to the College.
“We can spend about $50,000 a year on the Neel Reid scholarships. As a result, we attract top talent who have competing offers from other big-name schools, and we can retain them. The scholarship is incredibly competitive and great on resumes for future employment or grad school. It is life changing for students,” said Dean of the Landscape Architecture program, Dr. Sonia Hirt.
She added, “It’s about recruiting and retaining quality talent. This scholarship helps keep us highly competitive. DesignIntelligence (design and architectural ratings/survey firm) just ranked us the most desirable school to hire from. Peachtree Garden Club directly influenced this outcome. Students are shrewd and seek optimal economic terms when they select a school. With this scholarship, they can focus on learning and complete degrees on time. We are grateful to PGC for this gift.”
PGC Awarded UGA College of Environment & Design Owens 50 Medal -- One of Only 6 Institutions!
Last year, 2020, marked 50 years since the establishment of the School of Environmental Design, which became the College of Environment and Design(CED) in 2001. As part of the year-long celebration, faculty, staff, and alumni honored the most amazing individuals and groups who have shaped the college throughout its history.
From the first landscape architecture classes in 1928 to its beginnings as a college in 1969, the CED has been shaped by and has produced many trailblazers and visionaries. Through their scholarship, teaching, service, and professional practice, these individuals have demonstrated unwavering commitments to advancing the principles of design, planning, and preservation.
In addition to the 50 individuals, six institutions that have had an indelible impact on the CED are honored. They range from alumni organizations to highly-regarded professional allies to generous friends and donors -- Peachtree Garden Club is among them!
A committee of CED faculty, staff, and alumni undertook the difficult task of narrowing down the list of about 100 nominees to the 50 finalists: the Owens 50, named after CED’s founding Dean, Hubert Owens. These talented individuals brought unparalleled passion, expertise, and commitment to our professions, the college, and the betterment of the world at large. Through their vision and hard work, they shaped our programs and enhanced the CED’s ability to serve students and enrich lives.
Winners have been invited to a ceremony which will allow them to revisit with their colleagues, classmates, and campus.