On May 13, ShrubBucket presented The Ithaca Children’s Garden (ICG) a check for $5,000 to support its continuing mission to connect children with nature. ShrubBucket, headquartered in Ithaca, New York, and with facilities in Connecticut and Ohio, is a nursery business that delivers full-sized plants from wholesale nurseries directly to customers’ front doors without packing materials.
The company’s three co-founders felt compelled to do their part as local institutions face difficult times.
“With many of our public outdoor and garden spaces not currently accessible, we felt it important that we help those organizations which connect children to the outdoors and nature from home. Ithaca Children’s Garden was a natural fit for their broad reach of incredible gardening programming to the youth in our community through online programs as well as the garden itself,” said Rick Hedrick, chief horticultural officer at ShrubBucket. “It is crucial that we, as a community, band together and support the programming which brings the outdoors to so many children in our community who may not have access to it otherwise.”
“The funds will enable ICG to provide direct support to students, teachers, and parents with online tools, resources, and inspiration to help children stay connected to their community and grounded in nature. We are extremely grateful to Shrubbucket for their generosity, especially as we experience a time of intense transition and affected revenue streams, as are many public gardens nationwide. These funds directly support our mission of connecting children with nature,” said Erin Marteal, executive director of Ithaca Children’s Garden.