Thousands of people annually attend the Colorado Garden & Home Show to explore the latest garden and home technologies but they might not realize that their price of admission is helping facilitate Colorado’s commitment to green programs today and in the future.
The Colorado Garden & Home Show, owned and produced by Colorado Garden Foundation, is one of the largest and most attended events in the Denver metro region. It produces an economic impact of $55.6 million in Denver and results in 600 jobs annually.
All ticket sale proceeds gets invested in college scholarships and grants for green, agriculture and horticulture projects in Colorado. To date, the Colorado Garden Foundation has contributed more than $7.8 million across the state.
The total 2018 grant awards are more than $560,000 including matching grants by show sponsor Bellco of $30,500. The two largest non-profit grant winners are the Denver Botanic Gardens and the High Plains Helping Hands.
The Foundation typically awards the grants and scholarships in the spring. But this year leaders from the organization will present the grant awards during the second Saturday of the Show, March 3, at 4 p.m. in the theater area at the end of aisle 1200 on the show floor.
The Foundation will present the Botanic Gardens with a $150,000 check in support of the Gardens of the construction of the Freyer-Newman Center for Science, Art and Education and a Legacy Grove in the York Street Gardens. The Center is scheduled to break ground this spring. For more information on the Gardens many programs and the planned Freyer-Newman Center visit botanicgardens.org.
The Foundation will award a second check to High Plains Helping Hands in the amount of $75,000 in support of the organization’s Fresh Start Farm aquaponics system and greenhouse enhancements, and the construction of a second greenhouse and 5 acre in-ground crop conversion. For more information on High Plains mission of providing fresh food, jobs and hope through sustainable agriculture visit hphh.org.
“The viable programs and facilities that High Plains and the Botanic Gardens bring to our region really stood out as a community need,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden Foundation. “We hope that the Foundation’s contributions allow their staff to continue their good work.”
For more information on the Foundation and/or to support their charitable or grant programs visit coloradogardenfoundation.org.
The 59th Annual Garden and Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center runs February 24 to March 4, 2018.