Make a Perennial Gift to Our Meadow


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Donate a Nodding Pink Onion or Purple Lovegrass to Our Meadow! Make a Perennial Gift in Honor of Someone You Love or Purchase a Plant That You’ll Enjoy Seeing Bloom Each Season!

This fall, Phase I of our meadow plan for the area behind the Jay Mansion began in earnest. Our shared goal? Increase biodiversity and provide greater access to open space and cultural heritage for the community. Reverse an unhealthy monoculture and create an inviting habitat for birds, pollinators and people!

Following numerous presentations to stakeholders by Larry Weaner Landscape Associates,  over two acres of invasive mugwort were removed this autumn. A first seeding of wildflowers and native grasses will take place next month thanks to an initial round of donations received from Education Works, the NY Community Trust, the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Foundation and many other JHC members and foundations. Thank you to Board member Liz Garrett and her Garden Committee of Caroline Wallach, Joyenne Ingrassia and Susan Skelsey for leading this effort which dovetails so beautifully with our Historic Jay Gardens Restoration design by Nelson Byrd Woltz. We are also grateful to Con Edison for funding our educational workshops and materials about invasive species and to the Lower Hudson PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) for their good counsel.

But more money is needed to complete Phase II and III of this project . We are only 30% there. Your gift today will help us install live plant plugs (see selection above), native shrubs like Virginia roses and most importantly establish a 3 year maintenance plan to help this new habitat and home for biodiversity succeed. Please consider adding us to your holiday giving list. Consider making a gift in honor of someone you love – your thoughtfulness will bloom again and again! Or make a family gift that will blossom for years to come as your children or grandchildren grow. Donations of any size can be mailed to the Jay Heritage Center, 210 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580 and are 100% tax deductible – gifts should be marked “Jay Meadow.” Your dollars are simply transformative!