Landscaping for Communities and Wildlife

LGNC’s conservation landscaping project in the Lehigh Valley.
Students and faculty installing a garden at Moravian College that will be used for student research.

Students and faculty installing a garden at Moravian College that will be used for student research.

Volunteers helping to maintain residential gardens installed along the 7th block of Allentown.

Volunteers helping to maintain residential gardens installed along the 7th block of Allentown.

Planting a row of native shrubs to alleviate stormwater erosion at Community Garden near Jordan Creek.

Planting a row of native shrubs to alleviate stormwater erosion at Community Garden near Jordan Creek.

Landscaping for Communities and Wildlife Program

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is currently funded by the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation through 2018 to facilitate landscaping throughout the Lehigh Valley that benefits communities and wildlife and promotes healthy green spaces for cleaner soil and water.  Through this project, Lehigh Gap Nature Center offers both funding and consultation services to complete projects.

The overall mission is to develop a community-based model that uses demonstration landscaping and educational programming to promote nature-friendly practices in public and private green spaces (including use of native plants, reduction of lawn, reduction of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers).

If you know of a landscaping project that would benefit the community and meets the mission of this project, please see the guidance below for funding requests and contact Kate Brandes at kate@lgnc.org to discuss details.

Types of Projects Funded So Far

We have worked with a huge array of partners and helped support a variety of projects including:

  • Native plant gardens installed for student research at both Muhlenberg and Moravian Colleges
  • Over thirty residential gardens along the 7th St of Allentown in partnership with the Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown
  • An urban demonstration garden in Easton (LGNC supported a small pollinator garden as part of  Nurture Nature Center’s urban garden)
  • A wildlife habitat garden at Martin Guitar in Nazareth
  • A native shrub planting for storm water control at the Jordan Creek Community Garden that serves Allentown
  • A children’s garden at the Circle of Seasons school in Fogelsville
  • A pollinator garden and a stream side planting at Trexler Park as well as a rain garden project at the Percy Ruhe Park with the Friends of the Allentown Parks
  • Several gardens for school children in partnership with Bethlehem Catholic, Bushkill Elementary, and Seven Generations school
  • Riparian buffer project with the Northampton County Conservation District
  • Pollinator gardens at the Northampton Community College Gardens, the Children’s Home of Easton, and the urban farm in Easton
  • A meadow buffer with Lafayette College at their community gardens
  • A wildlife garden at the Allentown public library with the Lehigh County Conservation District
  • Conservation landscaping at the community park in Upper Mount Bethel Township and the Moravian Hall Square
  • A variety of educational workshops

Funding for these projects also came from the Lehigh Valley Greenways and the Rider Pool Foundation. Project partners  provided some matching funds and/or in-kind service. See below for a map of projects.

 

Requests for Funding/Design Assistance

If you are interested in funding from this program, please send a letter of intent to Kate Brandes at kate@lgnc.org. The letter of intent should include pictures of your project area, your proposed plan, a description of how the project will engage the greater community, the amount of money and/or technical assistance you require, and what kind of cash or in-kind service match you will provide to complete the project. Questions? Contact Kate Brandes at kate@lgnc.org.

Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm White Haven Library
At White Haven Library talking about Native Plant Garden Design for Small Spaces.
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Gracedale Tower
April 3, 2017 — Native Plant Garden Design for Small Spaces at 6:30 p.m. in Nazareth, PA. Details are here Kate Brandes is coordinator for LGNC’s conservation landscaping program “Landscaping for Communities and Wildlife.” For[...]
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Penn State Lehigh Valley
Tues., April 4, 2017 —   Native Plant Garden Design for Small Spaces at 6:30 p.m. at Penn State Lehigh Valley. Details are here. Kate Brandes is coordinator for LGNC’s conservation landscaping program “Landscaping for Communities[...]
Sep 16 @ 9:30 am Lehigh Gap Nature Center
Tentative date for Master Gardeners’ native plant kit pick-up at LGNC. Details to come.

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