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Your generosity is appreciated (Editorial)

(October 2014) Two stories in this issue deal with major donations of materials and labor for community projects. Nurserymen, greenhouse growers and garden centers, in particular, probably get dozens of requests per year for donated materials from garden clubs, Master Gardeners, civic organizations and others, and many comply.
Ruppert Landscape, which provided $32,000 worth of time and materials to the sensory garden project at the Southwest Baltimore Charter School in Baltimore’s Pigtown community, has had ongoing involvement with many causes in Baltimore, just from the branch in the Pigtown community. It has donated to the Ronald McDonald House, to efforts benefiting Riverside Pool, to the renovations at Guilford Elementary School and Dunbar High School, to the Moveable Feast food drive, to Project SEARCH (a high school transitional program for developmentally disabled youth in Baltimore City) and to the Old St. Paul Cemetery clean up (in partnership with University of Maryland). In Baltimore’s Pigtown Community, Ruppert has installed seasonal plantings and maintained 25 container pots along Washington Boulevard; mulched and maintained trees in the same area, and installed 13 street trees and a planting bed near Bon Secours Hospital.
The list of Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association members who donated material, sent volunteers or donated time to the Habitat Chesapeake Project in Baltimore’s Brooklyn area is extensive.
MNLA President Brent Rutley said, “Our support for donations of plant products and services is part of our mission ...” but he added, “We’re not doing it just because it’s in our mission statement, but because it is the right thing to do.”
Rest assured, even if your company doesn’t get mentioned in the press, your generosity does not go unnoticed and is appreciated. As one garden club member said recently when contemplating asking for a donation, “Don’t they know this club is full of gardeners who are addicted to buying more plants?”
From all of those gardeners, and from all the communities you collectively have helped beautify, a big thank you!