Festival of Trees

Educational and Beautification Grants

The Festival of Trees 2021 Grants and Scholarships have been awarded.

With COVID 19 restrictions in place, many of the 2020 Grants could not be put to use. We will update you with descriptions and photos as they come in.

Meeting restrictions also delayed the awarding of our scholarships. Recipient names will be announced soon. Thanks to everyone who applied, and congratulations to all who received awards.

The Portsmouth Garden Club awarded their annual Festival of Trees community educational and Beautification Grants at their April 2019 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.

2021 Scholarship application forms will be located under the "FORMS" menu. Look for your 2021 forms in the early spring, 2021

2021 Grant application forms will be ready the end of February, 2021.