Each summer, the City of Warren is awash in color because Warren Garden Club members plant and maintain perennials in the flower beds of the city's many parks.
Thirty members spent hours Monday planting the beds, and they will spend hours throughout the summer maintaining the beds, weeding, watering and dead-heading, to keep the city beautiful.
"You'll see us out here every week," said member Sandra McIntyre. "We become city volunteers."
Leslie Baldensperger planted at the corner at Celoron Park.
From left, Peggy Littlefield, Pat Christy and Louise Dyer planted the Joseph Warren Park flower beds in red, white and blue.
Margaret Sleeman planted at Celoron Park.
Carol Baughman planted at the city tree
sign at Celoron Park.
All of Monday's volunteers seemed to be enjoying themselves.
"Garden club is about fun and education," McIntyre agreed.
Garden club member Patricia Duffy took over as civic beautification chair this year, and that includes coordinating the annual planting which is a 40-year club tradition. McIntyre said Duffy is a Master Gardener and has extensive knowledge about plants and perennials.
Describing Celoron Park as a "gateway to the city," McIntyre and Duffy agreed, "We take pride in our city," and the beautiful flowers are a nice welcome to visitors and passers-by.
Leading the planting at each park were: Suzette Berdine at Crescent; Linda Gray at Joseph Warren; Susie Pirillo at Betts; Olivia Sechriest at the municipal building, and Marianne Fernstrom and Sandra McIntyre at the Celoron location. It is up to each chairperson to decide a color scheme and layout. At Joseph Warren Park and the municipal garden, red, white and blue flowers were used. Crescent Park was planted in pink, lilac and apricot. Celoron was planted in pink, lavender and frosty white flowers. Betts was planted in green and yellow with hostas and Stella Dora day lilies.
The City of Warren donates $1,200 to purchase the flowers and mulch each year, and the Veterans Administration contributes $100 for plantings at the Blue Star Memorials. All of the work is contributed by Warren Garden Club members. Club members also volunteer at the playgrounds each year, teaching children how to garden. That project is led by club member Olivia Sechriest. The club also leads horticulture therapy at Cambridge Warren.
The club welcomes new members; call Donna Fire at 723-5166.