In 1966 the late Grenville Clark donated his home and the surrounding 12 acres to Brooklyn Botanic Garden in memory of his late wife, Fanny Dwight Clark, an artist and avid gardener. The purpose of the gift was to create a small but special botanic garden as a source of enjoyment and education for everyone. The Garden, presently owned by The Town of North Hempstead, continues the effort to meet these goals.
On May 1, 1970, 27 women, realizing the importance of this Garden, held the first fund raising event. A month later the Clark Botanic Garden Auxiliary was formed. As our fund raising activities grew so did our membership. Today’s Auxiliary, which numbers over 72 men and women, devote their energies to supporting the Garden in various ways. Throughout the year, at five regularly scheduled meetings, horticultural ideas are exchanged, future events are organized and guest speakers lecture on a variety of garden topics.
Our largest fundraiser, The Spring Plant Sale, is held every May. The Auxiliary hand selects plants, shrubs, vegetables and herbs to be sold along with providing advice and pertinent information. This has been an incredibly successful event for the Garden for over 40 years.
|The Auxiliary also supports the annual Marie Jensen Bick Tea. This regularly sold out event is a lovely English style tea held in the Garden. Homemade tea sandwiches, scones, cookies and information on the “herb of the year” makes this a perfect afternoon.|
|Our newest event, a bridge, card and games party, is so successful it has become a semi- annual event.|
|Our beautiful Gift Shop staffed by volunteers, provides unique garden and gift items for children and adults.|
Whether you prefer putting your hands in the dirt, tending to the many specialized gardens, or using your other talents to support our many fundraising efforts we welcome your help.
There are many ways your time and talent can enhance this 12-acre treasure nestled in the heart of North Hempstead. The Auxiliary is a working arm of the Garden and we need and welcome your support. If you are interested in becoming an Auxiliary member please call (516) 484-2208.
Town of North Hempstead's Parks & Recreation Commissioner, Jill Weber, presents Proclamation to Clark Botanic Garden Auxiliary President, Louise Schwarzchild
On behalf of the Town of North Hempstead, Jill Weber thanked the CBG Auxiliary for 45 years of service to the Garden and their various fundraising efforts which most recently enabled the purchase of the garden gazebo, a new front door for Clark House and a new pergola as well as funding Garden infrasctructure projects. The Proclamation was presented at the CBG Auxiliary holiday party on December 2 at The Swan Club in Roslyn, NY.
Annual Fund Drive
Clark Botanic Garden needs your help.
Please help us maintain our programs and preserve the Clark legacy as a thriving botanic garden by contributing to the Clark Botanic Garden Annual Fund. The garden's success is directly dependent on your generosity.
Ask the Clark Gardener
Each month our own expert gardener shares insight, motivation, and inspiration about gardening.
This month’s letter: “A Greenhouse Is Coming!”
Please send your gardening questions, comments or stories to the Clark Gardener.
Now you can contribute to Clark Botanic Garden Through AmazonSmile!
When you purchase items online from Amazon you can contribute to the Garden by simply going to smile.amazon.com, choosing “Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden” as your charity and purchasing just the same way you always do.