Nebraska City, Neb.--The Garden Club of Stone Harbor, New Jersey, will receive one of two 1999 Lady Bird Johnson Awards from The National Arbor Day Foundation at a special awards ceremony to be held here on Saturday, May 1. The award honors those who exemplify leadership in roadside beautification.
For the past 20 years, the Garden Club has cared for 40 traffic islands of trees, shrubs, and flowers that run through Stone Harbor. More than 80 volunteers are involved in the planting and tending of these green spaces every year. The club also organizes fundraising activities to support the beautification efforts of this area that was originally converted from railroad tracks.
Representatives of the Garden Club will attend the 27th annual National Arbor Day Foundation Awards banquet to receive the award. The ceremony is part of the Arbor Day weekend celebration held in Nebraska City from April 30-May 2.
Others being honored this year include the Wilshire Center Streetscape Project of Los Angeles, California, winner of the second 1999 Lady Bird Johnson Award for renovating an area destroyed by the 1992 riots, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, winner of the J. Sterling Morton Award for his leadership in revitalizing Chicago's urban forest.
The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education organization dedicated to tree planting and environmental stewardship.