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Elgin Receives Beautification Grant from Keep Texas Beautiful

(Elgin,Texas) – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Elgin and Keep Bastrop County Beautiful (KBCB) as a recipient of the Native Garden Grants Program. Through funding from Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Lowe’s, Keep Texas Beautiful will provide thirteen drought-affected Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate communities with the support and materials needed to create and maintain a native plant demonstration garden. These gardens will serve as a model to educate and engage community members to grow native species in their own gardens. KTB hopes to create awareness not only in the thirteen communities involved, but throughout Texas.

To assist with the creation of the garden, Elgin will receive a $600 gift card to Lowe’s, $500 in maintenance assistance, a variety of gardening materials, along with additional administrative assistance and marketing support from Keep Texas Beautiful.

The demonstration garden will be installed in existing beds at the Elgin Library.  Many plants will be provided by the Elgin Garden Club, under the direction of librarian Sandy Ott.  Sandy, who is also a member of the Garden Club, is very excited to have the demonstration garden at the library.  “It will be a great beautification project for the library grounds, and a wonderful addition to the educational programming for the library!”

KBCB is a Gold Star Affiliate of KTB and worked with the City of Elgin’s Sue Beckwith, Grants Project Administrator, to secure the grant funding for the demonstration garden.  KBCB was founded in 2009 in response to the desire to preserve and protect our natural and man-made environments. It is an unstaffed non-profit managed by a ten member volunteer Board of Directors who meet monthly. We solicit grants for programs from local businesses, governmental and corporate entities, and offer individual, family and business memberships. The Board of Directors annually reviews accomplishments and sets new goals each year. KBCB credits much of its rapid growth and success to the partnerships it has developed within the local communities, organizations and governmental groups, e.g. Bastrop County, Cities of Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Balcones Resources, Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, Main Street Programs in Bastrop and Elgin, etc. All KBCB activities are 100% volunteer supported.

            Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 373 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information on programs and events, call 1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit www.ktb.org.


For more information: Sue Beckwith, City of Elgin, 512-281-5724; sbeckwith@ci.elgin.tx.us