SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Springfield Garden Club turned out in full force Wednesday, May 22 to plant annuals and get the downtown planters and gardens in shape for summer. Many active members, as well as supportive members, showed up to help out. “It’s a large effort with lots of coordination,” stated Sandy MacGillivray, Civic Beautification Chair.
A week or two before planting day, a group of husbands fills the planters with soil while several active club members clean up the beds in preparation for planting day. This year, the Garden Club had help from Mitch Sidd’s Industrial Arts program students from River Valley Technical Center, who built and installed new bridge boxes on Clinton Street. John Harmer’s horticulture students at RVTC grew some of the annuals, and the Garden Club purchased several annuals from Sunshine Acres.
Plants were picked up and organized by a team of dedicated members. A thank you to the McCauslands is in order for providing a space to sort and organize the flowers. Also present this year were two volunteers from Claremont Savings Bank, Julie Martin and Lindsey Dauphin, as part of their community service effort.
Several small fence sections can be seen in the gardens around town, which were generously donated by Springfield Fence. Photo credit goes to Garden Club photographer, Karen Vatne, who has been busy dodging raindrops.
The Garden Club appreciates the many who make this day possible. Thanks to all who helped.