Sustainable Fairfax is revitalizing the outside space at the Fairfax Women’s Club building. The site, located at 46 Park Road, next to Peri Park, was donated to the Town of Fairfax by the Women’s Club in the 1920’s for use as a town venue. Currently, it hosts community meetings, Town Council meetings, and is available for private functions. The outside space underwent a few, short-lived garden projects in the past, but was ultimately left untended and in disrepair. Now, it hosts a gorgeous selection of native and low-water plants suited to the varying light of the site, and the design encourages visitors to walk through the garden and learn about the plants.
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The Commemorative Bench and Tree Program
Our Heritage Bench and Tree Program allows groups and individuals to sponsor trees or benches for placement in the garden. Trees and benches will be marked with plaques to commemorate special events, honor individuals and organizations, or create memorials to loved ones. Benches and trees sponsored through the program will be planted and/or placed in the Sustainable Garden at the Women’s Club.
For $1,000, individuals or groups can sponsor a bench. Benches are made locally, of environmentally friendly lumber, and will be installed within 8 weeks of sponsorship. Your dedication will also appear on the Garden’s web page.
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Trees can be sponsored for $250. This includes the tree, commemorative sign, and continued maintenance of the tree (pruning, mulching, etc.). Your dedication will also appear on the Garden’s web page.
Join the Team
The Sustainable Garden Team maintains the garden, repairs the irrigation, performs seasonal pruning, and continues to expand the interpretive signage and sustainability features. To join our team or keep informed about workdays, email firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up for our newsletter!
For the Love of Fairfax – Why the Garden Was Created
When we first developed this idea in 2013, the state of the outdoor space at the Women’s Club Building made a poor backdrop for functions at the site. But we saw it as a great opportunity to create a garden that would increase the value of the Women’s Club building as a revenue-generating venue, and engage the community by providing information about low-maintenance gardening.
The key objectives of the project are to:
- Revitalize the Women’s Club garden
- Create an educational example of sustainable gardening practices to encourage residents to try techniques at home
- Increase community engagement in the space
- Create an ongoing maintenance program via internships and volunteer roles to ensure the continued vitality of the space.