The Wayne Township nonprofit Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the week after the popular shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, November 28. It will kick off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to donate to the charities and causes they support. Laurelwood’s #GivingTuesday fundraising effort will run October through November. Don’t wait for November 28th, help us now in reaching our goals.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is promoting the day with the hashtag #LovingLaurelwoodArboretum and a fundraising goal of $5,000 for the Laurelwood Arboretum Plant Restoration Fund and $8,000 for the Laurelwood Arboretum Irrigation Improvement Program.
Donations to the Plant Restoration Fund will allow us to maintain and preserve Laurelwood’s historic rhododendron and azalea collection and replace damaged and aged evergreens and shade trees. The arboretum contains more than 500 rhododendrons and azaleas. Some of these mature plants are more than 50 years old. This dedicated fund of $5,000 will make it possible to implement a program to maintain, protect, and preserve these plants and begin to replace dead or dying plants. This fund will allow us to revitalize our plant, tree and shrub collection so it can continue to be a source of beauty and interest through the seasons.
The Laurelwood Arboretum Irrigation Improvement Program will fund Phase 1 of an effort to repair, expand and upgrade the arboretum’s aged irrigation system. A key to maintaining beautiful plantings is regular, effective watering during the growing season. The current irrigation system was installed in the 1950s. It has been repaired and patched many times to keep it operating. Moreover, it does not reach some critical areas. This dedicated fund of $8,000 will allow us to begin to upgrade and expand the arboretum’s irrigation system. The result will be healthier plantings throughout the arboretum.
Donations for this fund will be matched by the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum up to $750.
Donations for this program will be matched by the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum up to $750.