Festival of Trees

Educational and Beautification Grants

The Portsmouth Garden Club awarded their annual Festival of Trees community educational and Beautification Grants at their April meeting.


Front row, (L to R) Laura Ball, Seacoast Science Center; Merle Schlesinger, Nancy Winthrop, Nancy Blake, Portsmouth Garden Club; Susan Riffert, Seacoast YMCA; Tricia Alexander, Portsmouth Garden Club.

Back row, (L to R) Caroline Fesquet, Warner House; Erik Wochholz, Strawbery Banke Museum; Jean Frances Pauly and Sarah Cornell, Portsmouth Public Library; Nancy Knowles, Goodwin Park.


Congrats to all these dedicated volunteers who are helping to beautify our community. Awards were also granted to Seven Rivers Paddling, Star Island Corporation, NH Master Gardeners Assoc., and Little Harbor School.

May 15, 2019, at 11:00 am, we will be awarding our 2019 Festival of Trees Scholarships to deserving students pursing degrees in Forestry, Agriculture or Sustainability. Following the awards, members will display their Art in Bloom Program.

Grants, Scholarships and Awards

An endowment fund, in memory of former Club President Ruth Nelson, was established in 1988 with the New Hampshire Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation to benefit the Thomas Bailey Aldrich House Gardens at Strawbery Banke.

This fund provides yearly financial support. 

The Festival of Trees Scholarship Fund has also been established with the aformentioned Foundation. The money for this fund comes from public generosity

and support during the Festival of Trees.

2020 Scholarship application forms are located under the "FORMS" menu.

2020 Grant application forms will be ready the end of February, 2020.