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New Garden Behind Concord Outfitters

posted Jun 29, 2016, 6:53 AM by Martha Owen
They say it takes a village.  In the case of the little garden on Bradford Street it has proven to be true. The neglected little patch of weeds  bothered Andy Bonzagni, the owner of Concord Outfitters. “I don’t know the first thing about gardening, but I thought we needed one there.”  He spoke to Caroline McCloy, a member of the West Concord Green Thumbs one day last year and she agreed.  She brought it up to the membership and they were all for it. The spot belonged to the town so the Green Thumbs had to get permission from them.  Public Works Supervisor, Pete Flynn, spoke to Highway and Grounds Superintendent, Dan Rowley, who gave the project the green light. So, the Green Thumbs got busy. They weeded.  The town sent someone to roto-till fresh compost into the earth. The Green Thumbs bought the plants and mulch and members, Carol Aronson, Sue Viskin and Caroline McCloy installed the garden. Andy Bonzagni, bought a hose and promises to water. And, oh yeah, there was no water source available from that building so the owner of the building across the street, Caroline Palma, agreed to let him use her spigot. Then Jennifer Johnston, photographer and owner of the Three Stones Gallery took a picture for the paper.  The transformation of this sad little patch of weeds to a pleasing drought tolerant public garden space did take a village, and it makes the village a nicer spot. Stop by and check it out.
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