Shawnee Council of Garden Clubs - Nonprofit Organization (annual budgets less than $100,000) Award for Beautification and Landscaping
Shawnee had a problem. A pair of historic sites
considered iconic to the city's identity - the 100-year-old train depot
and the first home constructed there after the land run in 1892 - had
virtually no landscaping and no funds for substantial improvements.
The Shawnee Council of Garden Clubs obtained a modest grant,
leveraged it into more than three times its original amount, and then
used historical art to help suggest the landscaping plan. A dozen
volunteers invested a total of more than 100 hours of labor and
dramatically enhanced the attractiveness of both landmarks.
beautiful landscaping and great effort will have a significant impact
on the entire community for years to come. For its living lesson of
using landscaping to enhance history, the Shawnee Council of Garden
Clubs is good news for Oklahoma.
Posted on 05/01/2004
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under