PORTSMOUTH Applications for the 2020 Portsmouth Garden Club Festival of Trees scholarships are now available.
Applicants must be full-time New Hampshire college or university students pursuing a degree in natural resources, forestry, horticulture, plant biology, environmental science, sustainability or a related environmental major. Students currently attending a two- or four-year college or university are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have completed at least one semester and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
The scholarship committee also considers work experience, community involvement and other activities that support career goals. Preference will be given to students who reside and intend to work in the Seacoast.
Students can download an application from the Portsmouth Garden Club website, www.portsmouthnhgardenclub.com. Deadline to apply is April 20.
The Festival of Trees Scholarship is supported by the proceeds from the Festival of Trees held every other year at the Urban Forestry Center. The festival is co- sponsored by the Portsmouth Garden Club and New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands Urban Forestry Center. The event brings together garden centers, garden clubs, businesses, and individuals who inspire thousands of visitors with ideas for holiday celebration and decorating. Since 1983 more than $100,000 has been donated to educational programs, beautification projects and historic homes throughout Portsmouth and surrounding towns.
The Portsmouth Garden Club was established in 1931 to promote all phases of gardening, to practice and encourage the conservation of our natural resources, to foster educational goals and to initiate projects which provide cooperative efforts to increase and protect the beauty and history of the Portsmouth area.
The 182-acre Urban Forestry Center was a gift to the people of New Hampshire by John Elwyn Stone in 1976. The center’s purpose is to increase awareness of the importance of natural resources. Its mission is accomplished through educational programs, self-guided trails and demonstration gardens. The property is open to the public for walking/hiking, bird watching, biking, snowshoeing and appreciating nature.