Native plants get a boost in the Bluegrass

Bluegrass PRIDE just handed out a bouquet of grants for area native plant beautification projects. Here’s the release:

[Lexington, Ky.] – Bluegrass PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment) has awarded 10 grants to communities and agencies throughout its 18-county service area. These will be used to fund beautification projects using Kentucky native plants as part of Bluegrass PRIDE’s Celebrate Kentucky Plants program. Grants range from approximately $800 to $1,000 and the awardees include:

City of Cynthiana

City of Sadieville

City of Wilmore

City of Winchester

Estill County Fiscal Court

Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission

Garrard County Farmers Market

Harrison County

Historic Georgetown, Inc.

Woodford County Conservation District

The awarded funds will be utilized to place native plants along roadways and corridors into each community. In addition, these plantings will serve as teaching tools to engage community stakeholders and local students, educating them on the importance and environmental benefits of using native plants in landscaping.

Bluegrass PRIDE developed the grant program to focus on native plants because of their numerous environmental benefits. Once established, these plants require little maintenance, support insects, birds and wildlife, and can help to prevent soil erosion.

“Bluegrass PRIDE is happy to be able to award these grants for such outstanding projects,” said Amy Sohner, executive director of Bluegrass PRIDE. “Not only will the funding enable these communities to enhance their inherent natural beauty, it will facilitate hands-on environmental education and promote an appreciation for native plants.”

Funding for the Celebrate Kentucky Plants Grant program was made possible through a partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Bluegrass PRIDE provides resources and education to empower Central Kentuckians to foster positive environmental change in their communities. For more information, please visit www.bgPRIDE.org.