In 2012 the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Victoria established its Horticultural Fund after a generous donation by Ian and Gloria Back of Victoria.
Mr. Back has had a lifelong interest in horticulture and has been a member of a number of gardening groups. It was his dream to create a fund for horticultural purposes as a way of saying thank you for the pleasure he has obtained from his gardening activities in our community.
The initial donation was for an endowment fund to support horticultural projects in the Greater Victoria area. This fund is hosted by the Victoria Foundation and managed in accordance with its investment policy. The Parks and Recreation Foundation’s Horticultural Fund receives the annual returns distributed by the Victoria Foundation.
The purpose of the Fund is to encourage and assist the development of horticultural initiatives such as community gardens and enhanced green spaces throughout the Greater Victoria area.
The following projects and organizations were supported by grants from the Fund since its establishment:
- Yates Street Community Garden in downtown Victoria (2017)
- Outdoor classroom and naturalized playground at Margaret Jenkins School (2015)
- Community Gardens in Gorge Park developed by the Gorge Tillicum Community Association (2014)
- Greening of school grounds at Quadra School (2014)
- Orchard tool shed at Sunriver Community Gardens in Sooke (2014)
- Renewal of Fern Street Park by the North Jubilee Neighbourhood Association (2013)
- Planting of Gary Oaks at the St. Ann’s Academy Greenway (2013)
- Rhododendrons in Henderson Park in Oak Bay (2013)
- Feeding Ourselves and Others: innovative community partnership at Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health Facility located in the Blenkinsop Valley in Saanich providing therapeutic food growing opportunities (2012)
Donations to the Horticultural Fund will be used to provide grants to horticultural projects in Greater Victoria or added to the endowment fund at the Victoria Foundation to provide future benefits if specified by the donor. Donations to the endowment fund may also be made directly to the Victoria Foundation.
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