LONDONDERRY - The Green Mountain Gardeners (GMG) have been awarded a $2,500 grant by the National Garden Club, Inc. to assist in the restoration of damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

The area of focus for the work effort will be along the portion of the West River that parallels and is south of Main Street in Londonderry (North Village). Grant funds will be used to purchase and install trees and shrubs and remove dead trees and invasive species. Some examples of eligible plant material under the grant include red maple, crab apple, lilac, hydrangea, red twig dogwood and rhododendron.

The Green Mountain Gardeners also sponsored an "Art in Bloom" fund-raiser at the Custer Sharp House to supplement the National Garden Club grant money. Members of the club created flower arrangements to complement donated art which was subsequently sold in a silent auction. The event was held in conjunction with the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society on Saturday, July 28. The event raised more than $4,000. Similar to the National Garden Club grant award described above, these funds will be used to purchase and install trees and shrubs on the Main Street Londonderry.

The Green Mountain Gardeners is a not for profit organization (501-C-7) whose purpose is to make Horticulture and Conservation important in the lives of its members and the communities in which they live. It serves the towns of Landgrove, Londonderry, Peru, South Londonderry and Weston. For further info: 824-6405 or 824 3599.