LINLA Innovation Grants & Academic Scholarships
Two awards totaling $5,000 were awarded to the NYS Park Arboretums here on Long Island. These grants will help fund the vital Summer Internship programs at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park and Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park.
Four awards totaling $11,000 were awarded to Farmingdale State College students enrolled in the Urban Horticulture & Design program. The industry congratulates them and welcomes them to the community of Horticulture here on LI.
Since the onset of the pandemic and certainly as it persisted through 2020 and into 2021, our parks and public gardens have been a refuge for long islanders looking to find peace and healing in beautiful outdoor spaces. While the increased attendance was welcomed, the fundraising events that support the Summer Internship programs were understandably strained. These internships not only provide staffing for the arboretums but also provide the participants with experience and horticultural skills needed in their future careers.
“The Grants & Scholarships committee felt that awarding grants to continue these programs is the best way for LINLA to give back to the greater community here on Long Island” states John C. Cannarelli, current LINLA President and owner of Bay Gardens in East Moriches.
This year’s recipients show great promise as well as meeting all of our qualifying criteria which include an intent to pursue a career in Horticulture or Landscape Design here on Long Island.
We congratulate them on this award and welcome them to the community of Horticulture here on LI.
James Ashby Jr.