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Growing an interest in gardening

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Rejuvenators are kicking off their summer downtown beautification efforts with two projects fully funded by the Greenfield Garden Club that include a return of flowers on median strips, and a new effort of planting flowers around some of the Main Street trees.

On Monday, 64 second-graders from the Discovery School at Four Corners and their teacher Anne Naughton were planting flowers raised from seed around some of Greenfield’s Main Street trees.

“It was fun to start the flowers and it feels nice that we are going to make Main Street more beautiful,” said Marina Osit, an 8-year-old student.

Their efforts were made possible by the Greenfield Garden Club’s annual grant program that aims to involve young children in gardening. In addition, Martin’s Farm donated compost and the Greenfield Farmers’ Cooperative Exchange donated seeds.

Another Garden Club grant, which aims to contribute to the beauty of downtown, will enable the Rejuvenators to bring container flowers to Greenfield’s median strips again this summer.

“Last year, we started partnering with Paul and Stacy Chapley of Chapley Gardens and the Rejuvenators so that we could continue the club’s long tradition of bringing beauty, charm and comfort to downtown Greenfield with flowers,” said Laura Schlaikjer, Greenfield Garden Club president. For more information about the Greenfield Garden and its upcoming June 28 Garden Tour go to their website at thegreenfieldgardenclub.org.

“We are thrilled that the Greenfield Garden Club is making it possible to bring all this color and life to downtown,” says Caitlin von Schmidt, Greenfield Rejuvenator and coordinator of the Greenfield Business Association. “We are also thrilled to be working with Chapley Gardens again this year, and to have the Discovery School at Four Corners join us.” The flowers will not only beautify the town, but support pollinators and bee week activities that kick off on Saturday at the Second Congregational Church.

For more information about the Rejuvenators, and to learn how to participate in the program, go to greenfieldrejuvenators.org or call von Schmidt at 413-774-2791.

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