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Notes from the Gardens

October 2010

Bulbs Galore!

This fall, we made a plan to gather as many Green Thumbs members as we could and improve two spots with a bulb planting project. We picked these spots: 
  • Mandrioli Park and
  • The triangle at the intersection of Old Bridge, Crest, and Main Streets
Please check out the improvements in these spaces! Hard work by Claire, Helene, Alice, Kathy K. and her out-of-town guest, Dorrie and Russ B. has unearthed lovely plants beneath the weeds!
We planted 400 daffodil bulbs during this gathering in West Concord Center and we hope everyone enjoys them this spring. We're sure looking forward to some nice, fresh colors around town.

Shown below: Alice L., Binnie S., Kathy K., 
and Russ B.                                                                                                                        

Russ B and Susan H working hard

Claire G helping out with the bulb planting 

September, 2010

A Thank You from the Mandriolis:

Dear Ladies of the Green Thumbs,
Thank you very much for all your time and talents toward the renovation of the John Mandrioli Mini Park.

It looks beautiful and is a wonderful tribute to him, as well as a nice spot to relax and enjoy the village!

Your group does wonderful work. Thanks again!
The Mandrioli Family
  Pete, Betsi, Paul, and Cathy

September, 2010
Notes from Mandrioli Park

Mandrioli Park gets new signage! See Marilyn A, Bill Crosby (signmaker) and Pete Mandrioli on the installation day of the new sign.

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Mandrioli Park is a little pocket park in downtown West Concord tucked in front of the commuter rail tracks, next to an ATM, across from Concord Teacakes, and adjacent to the West Concord Supermarket. It was established for John Mandrioli Sr., owner of the West Concord Supermarket until his passing in 1961. See an incredible story about their 90th year in Concord here.


July, 2010

We've been getting a lot of questions on what plants were installed at Mandrioli Park so we have included the plants and their varieties that our group planted this past June below:
West (leftmost) Garden Center Garden East (right) Garden
Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'
Achillea 'Appleblossom'
Geranium sanguineum
Salvia 'MaiNacht'
Leucanthemum 'Becky'
Vinca minor 'Bowles'
 Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'
Coreopsis auriculata

Tips or Tricks?

Do you have any planting tips you'd like to share with others? What worked in your own garden this year? What was a dud? Let us know and we'll list them here!

Plant Swap

Last plant swap was at our meeting on June 21, 2010, at Binnie's house. Let's plan the next one! 

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