Thank you for supporting our historic Lougheed House Gardens in the Beltline!
Donate a minimum of $5 per month to keep our Gardens healthy through 2020.
Each year 80,000 people visit our three acres of heritage gardens and green space in the Beltline. But this summer our Gardens will face record use by our Beltline neighbours, most of whom have no gardens or yards of their own.
Our House and Gardens are a civic and provincial treasure, but with our House closed, only our Gardens will play a daily role as a unique asset that nurtures our community’s mental and physical health through COVID-19.
Your donation will keep our Gardens healthy so that our Gardens will keep Calgarians healthy during this COVID-19 crisis.
Our Head Gardener, Jane Reksten, and her volunteer team are following CEMA and AHS physical distancing guidelines as they work to keep the Garden’s thousands of plants in good health this year. And we are working with the City of Calgary to ensure that park users follow those same guidelines.
Due to COVID-19 we cannot operate our House’s events, programs, wedding rentals, or our Restaurant by Chef Judy Wood. With over 50% of our annual revenue earned through social enterprise, grants and donations, we recently took the following measures:
- Layoff 12 staff (79% of our workforce)
- Severely reduce the hours of all our contractors
- Institute significant wage roll backs for all remaining staff
With these challenges and cutbacks at the House, we are asking you for a small monthly donation so that we can serve our community the only way we can; through our Gardens, a critical service for central Calgary.
A monthly donation is the best way you can show that you #lovelougheedgardens. One time donations can also be made.
Planting season is already upon us and we need your support urgently. Please donate now, so that we emerge a more connected, compassionate and resilient community.
Thank you for your support.
With gratitude, Kirstin Evenden, M.A. Executive Director, Lougheed House