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For Immediate Release
Contact: Sou’Wester Garden Club contact is Nancy Berry, 738-6297,
Principal Financial Group: Terri Shell, 515-283-8858,


The Principal Financial Group and National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Team To Preserve/Create Historic Gardens

Seaside, Ore. – The Sou’Wester Garden Club of Seaside and Gearhart has been awarded an Eight Hundred Dollar grant from the Principal Financial Group Historic Gardens Project. The funds will be used to improve the heirloom garden at the Butterfield Cottage which is part of and located next to the Seaside Historical Society Museum. The National Garden Clubs, Inc. established the grant program under the sponsorship of the Principal financial Group to enhance gardens at historic sites in communities across the nation.

“We are thrilled to receive this financial boost from The Principal and the National Garden Clubs. The dollars will make it possible for us to add to the garden’s white picket fence, enlarge some of the old fashioned flower beds on the north and west sides of the cottage and acquire a garden bench for the use of visitors to this public garden,” said Nancy Berry, garden club spokesperson and chairman of the project. “Beautiful gardens in Seaside bring pleasure to our residents and let visitors know that we are proud of our community and its heritage. This is especially important as we prepare for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration over the next three years. Our gardeners grow more than flowers, they help sow seeds for future enjoyment and community prosperity.”

“We greatly value our relationship with the National Garden Clubs, Inc., organization,” said Libby Jacobs, assistant director, the Principal Financial Group. “The Principal Financial Group Historic Gardens Project supports talented volunteer gardeners in their quest to create and preserve magnificent gardens. By providing grants to projects like The Butterfield Cottage Garden, the Principal is able to leave a legacy of beauty in communities across the country.”