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September 16, 2019

Improving the Quality of Life in the City of Philadelphia for Fifty-Five Years

In 2019, the Philadelphia Committee of The Garden Club of America (PCGCA) awarded over $46,000 in grants to seventeen organizations in the city of Philadelphia whose horticultural projects improve the quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods and the environment. One project that is particularly related to the GCA is the restoration of the Elizabeth Price Martin Azalea Path along the back perimeter of Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park.  

Elizabeth Price Martin was both a co-founder of the GCA in 1913. and then in 1926 she was a founder and first president of the Committee of 1926 that restored Strawberry Mansion as a museum and a place of hospitality. In 1933, Strawberry Mansion’s Azalea Path was dedicated to the work of Elizabeth Price Martin. 

Between 2011 and 2019, PCGCA has made three generous grants for the restoration of the Azalea Path. PCGCA Chairman Diane Drinker says: “We are extremely gratified that our grant has enabled the beauty of this historic garden to once again bloom in honor of GCA founder Elizabeth Price Martin.”

PCGCA combines resources of ten clubs in the Philadelphia area, making grants to projects only within the City limits that focus on education, community enrichment, food production and historic preservation.  

Top photo, from left: Constance Ragsdale, President of the Committee of 1926, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Susan Ayres, PCGCA Co-chairman Grant Oversight, Diane Drinker, PCGCA Chairman

Left photo: "The Path Dedicated May 1933 to Elizabeth Price Martin", at Strawberry Mansion, with the Azalea Path's restoration funded by PCGCA.

Photo credits to Warren Ayres.


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