Growing Solutions Farm, a Chicago-based vocational therapeutic garden for young adults with autism, is now the home of a pollinator-friendly native plant habitat.
The raised-bed native plant display was added thanks to a donation from American Beauties Native Plants and Midwest Groundcovers, who partnered to donate 220 pollinator-friendly plants. It comes on the heels of a 2014 fundraiser hosted by the National Garden Bureau, which was able to donate more than $44,000 in cash, products and supplies to the farm by the end of 2014.
“Last year, during the IGC Chicago Show, I took several guests over to Growing Solutions Farm,” says Diane Blazek of National Garden Bureau. “One of those guests, Peggy Anne Montgomery, was so inspired by this project that she and American Beauties Natives worked with Midwest Groundcovers to make this donation a reality. It’s so nice that the farm now has the plants they need to create a haven for the pollinators that work so hard in the vegetable gardens.”
“American Beauties is all about giving back and education. We couldn’t think of a more worthy cause. This is a phenomenal program,” says Peggy Anne Montgomery, brand manager for American Beauties.
“When Midwest was approached about supporting this project, we were all-in and wanted to give back in any way,” says Jill Bondi, marketing manager at Midwest Groundcovers. “Seeing the results of this project and the lives that are positively impacted by Growing Solutions Farm warms my heart.”