Shrewsbury Garden Club beautifies town center with bounty of flowers

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

(l to r, back) Ann Curran, Alison Ricker, Sudha Chandrasekeran; (front) Elaine Strzelewicz and Jane Umphrey
Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Shrewsbury – The islands in the center of Shrewsbury at the junction of Main Street and Maple Avenue have always been pleasing to the eye. But this year they are extra special and it’s all because of the dedication of several members of the Shrewsbury Garden Club. The community is grateful to the Garden Club, especially now in these trying times.

“The Garden Club doesn’t know what we would have done without this group of girls that have beautified the center of town,” commented the club’s past president Gail Aslanian.

Members of the club’s summer crew are Sudha Chandrasekeran, Ann Curran, Alison Ricker, Elaine Strzelewicz, Jane Umphrey, Joyce Abdow-Dowd and Helen Porter.

“We get so many compliments from the town residents about how beautiful it looks and these girls are responsible,” Aslanian said.

The gardens feature almost 20 different varieties of annuals, perennials and hanging baskets. Among the annuals are morning glories, petunias, succulents, dwarf sunflowers and zinnias, while the perennials include coneflowers, daylilies and asters.

Strzelewicz noted that Aslanian has been compiling photos for a video that the club is putting together featuring gardens in Shrewsbury.

“We put a notice out to the residents that if they want to share photos of their garden with the Garden Club that they can they can send their pictures to Gardensofshrewsbury@gmail.com.” Aslanian shared. “We will post the video on our Facebook page and YouTube.”

The Garden Club is well-known in the community for their many civic projects in addition to the islands in the town center. They also have established a sensory garden at Town Hall and encourage interested residents to adopt plots of public spaces around town.

For more information visit http://shrewsburygardenclub.org or find them on Facebook.