DBG Crafters' Association ceasing operations in December, 2016
After 45 incredible years of making and selling handmade crafts in support of the Garden, Devonian Botanic Garden Crafters' Association is ceasing operations in December, 2016.
This diverse group of volunteers has created floral arts and crafts for sale in the DBG Crafters' Workshop and in the DBG's Shop-in-the-Garden since 1972, coming together to share their talents and skills to fulfill their mission: "To support and promote the Devonian Botanic Garden through the work of volunteers and provide a creative and supportive environment in which to work."
Over the years, the Crafters have raised nearly $2 million in support of the Garden, and contributed, by conservative estimates, half a million volunteer hours.
All profits from sales of the Crafters' creative efforts support programs and improvements for the DBG. In addition to proceeds from craft sales, the Crafters' Association has contributed to the Garden annually through matching grants and special fundraising projects. In recent years, donations from the Crafters have helped to support the Garden's award-winning Green School program, purchased wheelchairs, and funded an important new plant database for the DBG. One important fundraising effort, the purchase of trams, has made it possible for more visitors, especially seniors and physically challenged visitors, to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful Garden.