The Bryn Mawr
Beautiful Foundation is
a memorial tribute to Philip Gianacova, a Bryn Mawr business owner.
Phil spent many days and nights picking up trash, sweeping streets and
planting flowers, all in an effort to keep Bryn Mawr Beautiful. When
Phil suddenly passed away in January 1993, his family requested that in
lieu of flowers, the people of Bryn Mawr find a way to continue his
efforts to beautify Bryn Mawr. In March 1994 Lower Merion Township
approved the construction of a brick and flagstone memorial garden, on
Township property, next to the Community Center on Bryn Mawr Ave. On
April 14, 1994 Bryn Mawr Beautiful was incorporated and on September
30, 1994 the Philip Gianacova Memorial Garden was dedicated.
thereafter, Bryn Mawr Beautiful developed a flower program
consisting of 12 concrete planters, 25 light post hanging baskets and
25 flower boxes, placed on public walls, fences and the railroad
bridge. We signed on to the Pennsylvania State Adopt-A-Highway clean up
program, which is done four times a year, from Commerce Bank in
Haverford to McDonalds in Rosemont. At Lower Merion Township's request,
Bryn Mawr Beautiful has also assumed responsibly for maintaining the
Gazebo Garden, next to the Community Center, and the Hayden Lane
garden, next to Suburban Hardware.
Bryn Mawr Beautiful maintains all the baskets, provides all
the flowers and waters all the plants daily during the growing season.
Each spring we plant pansies; then perennials in June. Although most of
the garden maintenance is done by volunteers, we have found that the
heat of summer requires the employment of 2 or 3 people to water all
the baskets and boxes daily.
the years we have also expanded our efforts to keep the sidewalks
clean. With the donation of a sidewalk sweeper, from Bryn Mawr Trust
Co., we now vacuum the sidewalks in Bryn Mawr weekly. In the fall we
clean the parking cut outs of leaves and debris, so material does not
freeze and become an obstruction to people parking on Lancaster Ave.
During the Christmas season, the baskets and boxes are cleaned of
flowers and filled with pine and spruce greens to help provide a
program is run entirely by volunteers and our major funding comes from
Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Business Association, Bryn Mawr
Rotary, Aqua, and a few local Business owners.
Bryn Mawr Beautiful is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Our annual
budget for flowers and daily watering project is $10,000. We hope to
continue this valuable program and interest more people to volunteer
their time and contribute to our funding.
Barone Davis, Treasurer
PO Box 10 Bryn
Mawr, PA 19010