Thursday, July 3, 2014

It looks as though we visited the mount just in time for the French garden suffered much damage last week from a rain storm.http://www.edithwharton.org/uncategorized/edith-whartons-gardens-sustain-major-damage-record-breaking-rainstorm/


 
Dear Friends,

I am happy to report that the damage to the gardens, from last week's storm, has largely been addressed. In fact, the gardens look just stunning as we head into the long weekend.

Thanks to a quick response, we were able to save the majority of the perennials and the flower beds have been completely cleared of rubble. In addition, the heavily eroded garden pathways have all been refilled and access to all areas of the property is now restored.

The response from the community has been overwhelming. We have received $40,000 in donations towards repairs, including a generous $10,000 gift from the Berkshire Bank Foundation. We estimate that the total cost will range between $60,000 and $80,000. We have launched an Emergency Fund campaign to raise the remaining $40,000. We will also been hosting our first Music After Hours this Friday and will be asking for donations to help underwrite the repairs. I do hope you join us. 

Thank you so much for your concern and all the offers of help and aid. Your well wishes mean everything. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and come visit us soon so you can see the work first-hand.

Very best,
Susan Wissler
Executive Director

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