Bucks Beautiful was founded in 1990 by Robert and Joyce Byers and Jack and Carol McCaughan, who brought their idea to beautify Bucks County with gardens to the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.
Bucks Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of the following programs:
Garden Grants – Since 1991 grants have been provided for community gardens in Bucks County totaling $337,859 to 224 community organizations. Gardens must be visible to the public from the road.The Garden Grant program is to encourage individuals, non-profit organizations, schools and garden clubs to host community gardens on view to the public throughout Bucks County. The goal is to beautify the county with annuals and perennials that continue to show throughout the growing season. Typical garden locations are roadside patches, public streets or town squares. The grant award is a 50/50 cash match up to a maximum of $2,000 per host each year and applications are due by March 1st.
Bulbs for Bucks – Started in 2010 the focus is to beautify Bucks County at key locations with the first splendor of spring; blooming daffodils! Phase one: Bulbs along the Bypass was completed in the fall of 2010, when 30,000 daffodil bulbs planted along the Route 611 Bypass. An additional 10,000 bulbs were planted in the fall of 2011.Phase two: Color on the Canal; 300,000 daffodil bulbs were planted along the Delaware Canal from Bristol to Riegelsville, Bucks County in 2011. Phase three; Bulbs for the Parkway; 173,250 daffodil bulbs were planted along the new Route 202 Parkway and Route 202 Bypass. In three years Bucks Beautiful has planted over 500,000 daffodil bulbs; with a goal to plant 1 million daffodil bulbs in key locations throughout Bucks County.
Garden Tours – The Kitchen & Garden Tour, June 9th, 2013 is held the second Sunday in June each year and features six homes in Doylestown Borough. Garden Bus Tours are also offered to various destinations to view magnificent estates and gardens.
Scholarships – Bucks Beautiful is committed to educating our youth. They offer two scholarships, $2,000 to a high school student going to college to study ornamental horticulture, landscape design, landscape contracting as well as a $2,000 scholarship to a Delaware Valley College student studying in the same fields. Since 1999 over $43,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to students.
For detailed information about the Bucks Beautiful programs or events contact, 215-348-3913 x 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bucksbeautiful.com.