If you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on jewelry, it’s always nice to know that you are supporting companies that are giving back in some way. Take Tiffany & Co., who just today announced that it’s giving grants to three urban parks programs in Chicago, Houston and Miami. As part of the company’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation, these grants are aiming to preserve the natural heritage that sits inside large urban communities.
The largest sum–$1.25 million–went to the Parkways Foundation in Chicago to create the Celebration Garden in Grant Park (pictured above). Scheduled to open late summer 2009, the former garden will be transformed into a formal garden and event space.
Other projects include the Hermann Park Conservancy in Houston ($1 million) and the Vizcayans, on behalf of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami ($500,000). Tiffany has already partnered with New York City’s Battery Conservancy and Friends of the High Line as well.