Williamsburg Botanical Garden Receives Grant from Dominion Foundation

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Melanie Rapp Beale represented the Dominion Foundation and presented the check to Williamsburg Botanical Garden board members. From left to right: Peggy Krapf, Joanne Chapman, Dave Banks, Melanie Rapp Beale, Joanne Sheffield, Karen Jamison and Ike Sisane. (Courtesy Williamsburg Botanical Garden)
The Dominion Foundation’s Melanie Rapp Beale presented the check to members of the Williamsburg Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors. From left to right: Peggy Krapf, Joanne Chapman, Dave Banks, Melanie Rapp Beale, Joanne Sheffield, Karen Jamison and Ike Sisane. (Courtesy Williamsburg Botanical Garden)

The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is using a recent grant from the Dominion Foundation to make the garden more accessible to visitors with limited mobility.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Virginia Power, awards grants to causes that improve the physical, social and economic well-being of communities served by the power company.

The $7,500 grant given to the Williamsburg Botanical Garden will be used to put pavers under the Therapy Pavilion and Therapeutic Garden, an area used for gardening programs for children and adults with disabilities.

The Therapy Pavilion and Therapeutic Garden are specially designed to be barrier-free, with beds of varying heights for easy accessibility for people with different physical limitations.

The new pavers will make both sites more accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs and other assistive devices, according to a recent news release from the garden.

Melanie Rapp Beale, the external affairs manager at the Dominion Foundation, presented Williamsburg Botanical Garden’s board members with the check in late May.

The installation of the pavers is still in progress.