Mill Pond Garden, Inc. Annual Report 2020

Mill Pond Garden doubled in 2020: Visitation, Programs, Outreach,
Income, and Membership, with a larger financial statement balance.

Mill Pond Garden, Inc. has had a year of significant
accomplishments with growth, doubling, shown in all these
significant ways:

  • Programs were kept open during the pandemic by re-designing
    visitation with small group attendance, masks, and social
    distancing.
  • Funds were raised for benefit of two local non-profits, the
    Immanuel Shelter for homeless, and the Delaware Humane
    Association.
  • Visitation open days and programs were increased, doubled, from
    14 the previous year to 28 in 2020
  • The number of visitors has increased by approximately forty
    percent in 2020, from 1,800 visitors in 2019 to 3,240 visitors in
    2020.

 

  • Organic Products were created, branded, and sold to meet public’s
    garden needs bringing in 16 % of the budget in proceeds.
  • Hours and income were increased for the contract gardeners,
    benefiting them and their families.
  • Visitor fee income was increased, augmented with all ticketing on-
    line and no contact necessary for visitors to check in. The income
    from visitor admission fees and product sales has grown from $200
    in 2019 to $12,762.57 in 2020.
  • Volunteers increased from one to four.
  •  Nineteen horticultural and gardening education articles on local
    gardening were published in the Cape Gazette in 2020.
  •  The self-subscribed membership has grown form 125 households
    in 2019 to the current 1,410 by end of 2020.
  •  Donations have increased with the installation of a donate box on
    the grounds, the number of small donors has jumped. Some
    donations come on-line. The biggest private donor continues to
    underwrite the large balance of the costs of operation. Total
    donations in 2020 were over $23,000.

Mill Pond Garden has ambitions for the coming year including:

  • Hosting a revival of the Cape Farm and Garden Tour, in partnership
    with other entities.
  • Increase percent of expenses paid by income significantly by
    expanding enterprise programs.
  • Encourage donors by transparency, good management, and mission worthiness, in service to the community.
  • Fund more public classes.

Mill Pond Garden’s mission is to delight, inspire, and educate visitors about
gardens, plants, and garden wildlife for our region, and to host abundant wildlife.
Mill Pond Garden is a significantly native and sustainable walking garden,
evergreen and deciduous, emphasizing the beauty of nature through careful
design, with flowering plants and beautiful foliage for year-round interest and
enjoyment.

The garden  strives to promote the garden as a habitat for birds, pollinators, and
all wildlife through use of key native plants, hibernation and breeding habitats,
educational tours, botanic plant labels, educational classes, and publications, and
by the beauty of the whole garden immersion experience.

MPG is a member of the American Public Gardens Association, The USDA Sentinel
Plant Network, the National Wildlife Federation, and a Certified Wildlife Habitat,
staffed by a Horticulturist, a Plant Scientist, Treasurer, five contract Gardeners,
and blessed with volunteer help and thoughtful donors.

Mill Pond’s Garden’s Annual Financial Statement below shows a growth
in expenditures that were not only fully met with increased enterprise
income, but also left a larger end of year balance on reserve account
than the year before. The garden is thriving, increasing in services to
the community.

2020 Financial Statement

Beginning Balance of Account January 1, 2020 + $ 4,502.54
Income:
Admission fees and product sales + 12,662.57
Small Donations cash, online donations, and check + 1,165.
Check donation Michael and Elisabeth Zajic + 17,000.
Donations for supplies by M. Zajic + 5,012.64
Total Income + 40,342.75
Expenses:
Contract services – 17,419.60
Supplies – 19,640.52
Fundraiser gift to Delaware Humane Association – 412.
Total expenses – $34,399.37
Balance of account 12-31-2020 + 5,943.38

Mill Pond Garden Inc.
31401 Melloy Court
Lewes, DE 19958
Contact millpondgarden@gmail.com