We would be remiss if we failed to give special recognition to our “garden angel” Charles W. Carl, Jr. Mr. Carl, former owner of the Carl Company and a dedicated rosarian, became a major benefactor of the rose garden in 1996. As a lover and grower of roses, this philanthropist and community leader could see the benefits of having a viable public rose showplace. It is through his vision and legacy that the garden continues to flourish.

The Rose Garden Restoration Committee received a grant from the Schenectady Foundation to recognize Mr. Carl’s philanthropy to the rose garden. A plaque was recently installed in the garden honoring his contributions to the Schenectady community he so loved.

The Rose Garden Restoration Committee would further like to recognize: the Schenectady Foundation, the William Gundry Broughton Foundation, the Capiello Festa Italiana Committee, the Carlilian Foundation and the NYS Legislature on behalf of grants received from them to assist in furthering our capital improvement projects.

We would also like to thank the children of Charles Brown, his son Sid Brown and his wife Doris, daughter Mernie Brown and the entire Brown family for their many years of continued support, loan photographic and historic resources and constant source of encouragement to the Rose Garden Restoration Committee.

Charles Carl Jr. Award

Members of the Gade Family accept the 2016 Carllian Award.

Members of the Gade Family accept the 2016 Carllian Award.

The Rose Garden Restoration Committee began recognizing individuals and businesses for their services and support of the Central Park Rose Garden. Listed below are the recipients:

2008  Rob Diedrich
2009  Dave Gade
2010  Skip Sgarlata
2011  Ralph Blackwood and Nancy Nicholas
2012  Mary Moore Wallinger
2013  CHA, Inc.
2014  Sid and Doris Brown and Mernie Brown
2015  Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation
2016 The Gade Farm