The Friends of Robinson Gardens is honoring its most generous donors by memorializing their contributions on its new Donor Tree. The idea for the Donor Tree came from Ann Petersen who believes that donors are the very lifeblood of any charitable organization and deserve permanent recognition. A committee was formed including Ann, Evelyn Carlson, Jeanne Anderson, Maralee Beck, and Kerstin Royce to find a suitable way to thank our donors.
Tim Lindsay suggested that we consider using the wrought iron tree ornament that Virginia had placed on the wall of the back terrace of the house as an inspiration. We copied it in the form of a larger tree with leaves in 3 different colors: copper, silver, and gold. The colors designate the levels of monetary contributions to FRG for which no goods or services were received at $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000, respectively. Donors names are etched on the leaves. Presidents Adrienne Horwitch and Julia Klein and the committee unveiled the Donor Tree on January 9 at a lovely tea for donors whose generous contributions over the years earned them a leaf on the tree.
If you haven’t seen the Donor Tree, please take a look the next time you are at the Gardens. It is adorning the back of the house. The Tree is very lovely and is in perfect harmony with the home. If you have any questions about the tree or how you might qualify for recognition, please contact the Friends office.