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Foundation donates record-setting amount to 54 organizations including major grants to Craig Hospital, Front Range Community College and St. Anthony North Health

DENVER (April 28, 2014) – Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF), a non-profit that funds horticultural-specific projects and scholarships throughout Colorado, awarded a record-setting amount of $635,186, including matching grants of $27,962.50 provided by Bellco, to 54 Colorado organizations for horticulture-related grants.

“This year we are able to award more money in grants and scholarship than any other year in the history of the Colorado Garden Foundation and we are grateful for the opportunity,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden Foundation. “These grants result in a more beautiful community for all of Colorado to enjoy, but they would not be possible without the support we receive from our annual show attendees. All of the money we award comes from proceeds generated at the Colorado Garden & Home Show and the Colorado Fall Home Show – so we thank everyone who walks through the doors of our events for making this possible.”

Grants awarded include the 2014 Andrew Pierce Memorial Grant to Craig Hospital for $100,000 to create a green space between the hospital’s East and West buildings. According to Tom Carr, Director of Therapeutic Recreation of Craig Hospital, “The Colorado Garden Foundation’s generous funding will help us grow and expand our outdoor spaces into usable therapeutic environments that also provide places of refuge and relaxation for patients, families and the community surrounding Craig Hospital.”

Additional major grants were awarded to St. Anthony North Health for $75,000, also for a therapeutic healing garden and another $75,000 to Front Range Community College to complete a greenhouse on the campus. Other 2014 grants range from $500 to $25,000 to fund therapy and healing gardens, greenhouses, educational programs, flood restoration projects, butterfly gardens, fruit orchards, landscaping and garden irrigation, just to name a few.

Grants and scholarships are awarded from ticket proceeds generated at the CGF’s two annual shows: Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show. Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million to more than 214 organizations in Colorado. To learn about the grants and scholarship program, please visit

About Colorado Garden Foundation
Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for the benefit of Colorado. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state. Colorado Garden Foundation presents the Colorado Fall Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living and the Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi in February. For more information, visit, or Twitter @cogardenfdn