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Since 1984 Columbia Green has helped Columbia and the midlands of South Carolina put out the welcome mat. Evidence of the organization's work radiates in community parks, medians, major gateways, and in your neighborhoods, with plantings of flowers, shrubs, and trees that delight the eye and lift the spirit.
Columbia Green is most recognized for the landscaped medians throughout Columbia. In addition, money is raised and granted to civic, non-profit, and neighborhood associations to underwrite projects that re-flourish, revive and enhance public spaces with renewed landscaping.
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Outstanding Projects submitted for Grants
Columbia Green awarded funds to support horticultural projects to twelve well deserving organizations throughout the Midlands at the annual meeting of the membership on November 12th. The sites included parks, churches, neighborhood common areas, street medians, and schools.
Receiving funding for 2015:
Ebenezer Lutheran Church
Forest Hills Neighborhood Association
Friends of Sesquicentennial Park
Friends of USC’s Children’s Center
Historic Columbia Foundation
Logan Elementary School
Saint Peter’s Catholic Church
Spring Valley Homeowners Association
The Alston Wilkes Society
The Society of Friends Meeting House
Watkins-Nance Elementary School
“It was a difficult decision,” said President Lynn Robertson. “There were so many deserving projects but these displayed both a well thought out concept and a plan for maintenance. We felt that the projects we selected for the many submitted had the greatest potential for public use and enjoyment as well as sustainability in our hot climate. Congratulations to all of the recipients.”
Columbia Green Receives Community Award
The D. A. R.’s prestigious Community Service Award was presented this year to Columbia Green for their work to beautify public spaces throughout the city and the surrounding communities. Sylvia Waldron, Regent of the USC Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the award. She cited 30 years of contributions by Columbia Green through both their physical projects and their financial grants that are given each year to the City of Columbia and Midlands schools, parks, churches and neighborhood associations in order to support landscaping and beautification improvements to their property. She referenced the many letters of support for Columbia Green from such organizations as Historic Columbia, the SC State Museum, Fort Jackson, The Lourie Senior Center, and Heathwood Hall. Each of these, and many others, have benefitted from collaborations with Columbia Green.
Waldron thanked Columbia Green and its members on behalf of the greater community for its success in making Greater Columbia a better place to live and work through the improvement of green spaces throughout the community.
Lynn Robertson, President of Columbia Green, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. She expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the recognition and the bestowing of such a significant award from the D.A.R. She told those present that Columbia Green’s accomplishments were directly attributable to the membership and a hard working board, both of whom make the grants and the community service projects possible. “Working with plants and creating attractive green spaces where people can enjoy their environment, brings all types of individuals and neighborhoods together in a positive way.”
Lynn Robertson, accepting the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award on behalf of Columbia Green, from Sylvia Waldron