WESTBOROUGH – Spring is here, and that means that Westborough’s “Downtown Beautification Program” is back, too.
A collaborative effort by the Westborough Economic Development Committee (EDC) and the Westborough Garden Club, this program is a vehicle for local businesses, residents and community members to help beautify the downtown area through the placement of well-maintained flower boxes around the Rotary.
Together, the garden club and the EDC are responsible for the planning, procurement, planting, watering and maintenance of 24 flower boxes lining the sidewalks downtown.
Every year, once the weather warms up, the garden club starts planting for the downtown flower boxes. Typically, the flower boxes go out around Memorial Day weekend and come down before the Thanksgiving holiday. This timeline may vary due to weather in a given year.
Flower boxes are sponsored by residents, local businesses and community members. The initial cost to sponsor a flower box, which includes planter, personalized plaque and flowers for the first year, is $450. It costs $200 for soil, fertilizer and plants each year thereafter.
There are currently 24 flower boxes and room for more businesses or individuals to sponsor flower boxes in the downtown area.
In a press release, the EDC said this is a great opportunity to give a business extra exposure or to personally honor someone while beautifying the heart of the community at the same time. Participants will also be recognized on the EDC website as a sponsor.
If you are interested in sponsoring a flower box this year, please contact Maureen Johnson from the Westborough Garden Club at [email protected] by Friday, May 12, for more information about how to sponsor a flower box for the 2023 season.