Hopeful in the New Year

As we begin a new year, we are all ready to see some more normalcy in our lives. We have faced an unprecedented period in our lifetime, and everyone has likely suffered some degree of loss, whether emotional, psychological, health or financial. We are eager to return to our lives. And while in the midst of such a dark period, so many people came to appreciate the wonders of nature, which was one of the reliable constants in our upturned lives. Visitors to the Clark Botanic Garden came for the beauty and serenity, certainly, but also because it was one of the few places where we could interact with one another in a safe environment. Since there were no fund-raising activities to support the garden in 2020, the financial support of so many generous garden fans took on more meaning. We are grateful for this generosity, even when we realize people were also dealing with their own problems. As we look forward to 2021, depending on the trajectory of the vaccine distribution and the rates of new infections, we hope to begin to schedule some favorite activities later in the year. Once again, we thank everyone for their support of Clark Botanic Garden. Until then, notice the signs of spring in your own garden. Check the forsythia branches; look at the swelling buds of the flowering quince; notice the bulbs poking through the soil. Even though we still have so many cold days ahead of us, there is quite literally more daylight in our loves every day.

Hoping to see you in the garden, and wishing you continued health and well-being, I remind you to check our Facebook page for updated information.

Roellyn Armstrong
Chairperson, Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden, Inc.

Clark Botanic Garden, Enjoyment and Education for Everyone …
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 Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden, Inc. auxiliary was formed. As our fund raising activities grew so did our membership. Todayís 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.

Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden, Inc. Plant Sale
Marie Bick Herbal Tea Event 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. Bridge Card Game Fundraiser
Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden, Inc. Gift Shop 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.

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 Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden, Inc. Annual Fund. The garden's success is directly dependent on your generosity.

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Ask the Clark Gardener

Each month one our expert gardener shares insight, motivation and inspiration about gardening. This month, Roellyn Armstrong, Chairperson, FDCMG, Inc. shares her insight about “Flowers You Donít Want to See in Your Spring Garden.”

Please send your gardening questions, comments or stories to the Clark Gardener.

Amazon Smile Supports Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden

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.