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Grants available to support Sacramento-area garden projects

Saul Wiseman Grants emphasize education and diversity

The Natomas Garden & Arts Club and Garden Valley Elementary School used a 2019 Saul Wiseman Grant to create a butterfly garden at the Sacramento school.

The Natomas Garden & Arts Club and Garden Valley Elementary School used a 2019 Saul Wiseman Grant to create a butterfly garden at the Sacramento school. Courtesy Sacramento Perennial Plant Club

Does your garden group need seed money? Or do you know a school or community group that hopes to get a garden project off the ground? Then this grant program may be just the helping hand needed to make that project grow.

The Sacramento Perennial Plant Cub is now accepting applications for its annual Saul Wiseman Grants, a unique program in honor of the club’s past president.

Application deadline is Jan. 16, 2023. Find the forms, past winners and full details at

Funds will be awarded in February – just in time for spring planting and gardening activities, say the club members.

“The purpose of the Saul Wiseman Grants is to promote gardening and horticultural activities with an emphasis on education, service, or enhancement to our diverse community,” explains Lili Ann Metzer of the Perennial Plant Club. “Non-profit groups, community groups and schools within the County of Sacramento are encouraged to apply.”

SPPC grant recipients in 2022 are not eligible for 2023 grant awards, she notes. “Priority will be given to grant applications that support diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Projects must have a source of water for irrigation. Applicants may request up to $1,000. Smaller projects are encouraged; partial grants may be awarded.

And grant winners have to follow through. “Recipients will take before and after pictures and provide information about the results of the grants to the SPPC,” Metzer says.

Due to Covid, no grants were given in 2021, but 2022 brought out a full field of grant candidates. The 2022 grant recipients were:

  • Black Lives Matter Sacramento Community Home and Land Project

  • Bret Harte Elementary School Garden

  • Earl Warren School Garden Restoration and Improvement

  • Growing Healthy Kids at Floyd Farms

  • La Vista Center Horticulture Club

  • Root Cellar Community Garden

    Questions? Email the club’s grants contact Anita Clevenger at


--- Debbie Arrington


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