Greensboro Beautiful's 50th Anniversary Events

Dogwood Seedling Project (March)

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary and Arbor Day, Greensboro Beautiful coordinated a Fifth Grade Dogwood Seedling Distribution Program in the Guilford County Schools. Partnering with the Rotary Clubs of Greensboro, NC811, the NC Cooperative Extension Service in Guilford County, and the City of Greensboro, volunteers delivered nearly 5,600 dogwood seedlings to fifth grade students in all Guilford County schools on March 1. Teachers will conduct seedling planting activities in their classrooms. This program is designed to educate local fifth graders about the importance of saving and planting trees in our community.
The trees will remain in classrooms until the end of the school year to allow for observation and watering. Greensboro Beautiful will also offer teachers access to a tree curriculum, which includes a number of tree-related activities that can be incorporated into the classrooms. Students will then take the trees home, or plant them at the school or a location of their choosing. Greensboro Beautiful will also provide planting instructions for students and parents.
“We hope this program will enhance the existing urban forest by involving kids and their parents in new tree plantings,” said Judson Clinton, Greensboro’s City Arborist. “We want the students to understand the benefits of trees; encourage them to plant new trees for future generations; and engage them in planting trees throughout Greensboro.”


William Mangum Paintings of the Gardens

April 29 through December

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Greensboro Beautiful is collaborating with local artist William Mangum to commemorate this extraordinary milestone. Greensboro Beautiful is commissioning William Mangum to create four signature paintings -- original artwork of the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, the Bog Garden at Benjamin Park, the Greensboro Arboretum, and Gateway Gardens.
Mangum will also produce 500 11" x 14" reproductions of each of the four signature paintings. Reproductions will be made available at Greensboro Beautiful's events throughout 2018. The reproductions will be provided as a thank you for donations made to Greensboro Beautiful, with 100% of the contribution going to benefit Greensboro Beautiful.
"The four prints will culminate to make a suite to celebrate the diversity of each garden and the rich history of Greensboro Beautiful's impact on the community," says Mangum.

The first original painting of Gateway Gardens will be unveiled at
Greensboro Beautiful's Groovin' in the Garden event on Sunday, April 29

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The remaining signature paintings will be introduced at Greensboro Beautiful's garden events:

  • the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden painting will be unveiled at Parisian Promenade on Sunday, June 3
  • the Greensboro Arboretum painting will be unveiled at Art in the Arboretum on Sunday, October 7
  • the Bog Garden at Benjamin Park painting will be unveiled in December at a fundraising event to be announced.

Mangum will appear at each event for print signings and Meet the Artist opportunities.

In addition, Mangum will create a body of twenty-five to fifty originals representing the gardens captured in a variety of seasons and highlighting favorite features of each of the gardens. There will be an exhibit of these additional works and a fundraising event held in December. Details regarding the culmination of Greensboro Beautiful’s 50th Anniversary will be announced at a later date.

Plan now to get your 11"x14" print of Gateway Gardens! They will be available at Groovin' in the Garden, or you can reserve in advance. Prints are available for a minimum donation of $25 per print, and can be reserved here.


Partnering with Nature & the Environment

Saturday, June 16; 3-5 pm
Greensboro History Museum; 130 Summit Avenue

Greensboro Beautiful invites you to join us for a special presentation featuring guest speakers Helen Lowman, President & CEO of Keep America Beautiful, and Doug Tallamy, author of the award-winning "Bringing Nature Home".

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This event is free and open to the public. A suggested donation of $10 per person is appreciated. Space is limited, so please reserve your seats in advance.


More info to come!