Harwich Garden Club Dressing Up Town's Streetscape

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Gardening , Harwich Port , Harwich

Garden Club of Harwich member Muriel Parker (left) and her daughter-in law, Linda Fulton, plant floral displays in two boxes outside Brooks Free Library last Thursday. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO 

HARWICH — The Garden Club of Harwich has taken on a major beautification project in Harwich Center and Harwich Port. The club is providing floral artistry in 43 black polyethylene planters that have been placed along major roadways.

Garden Club President Diane DiGennaro made a presentation to selectmen this past winter relating to the club beautification efforts in town and said the most ambitious project this spring would be replacement of blooming whiskey barrels. They were falling apart and in serious need of an upgrade. She said the plan was to replace them with commercial-grade square black polyethylene planters.

The new planters are weather resistant and a great balance between classic style and durability, she said, adding that the club is extending the scope of their placement to Harwich Center.

Members of the club have been working diligently the past week or two on a floral design by the streetscapes garden committee of the club created by Helena Nossal and Nancy Pollard, who worked together on the design, DiGennaro said. They also worked with Hart Farms in Dennis, which allowed them to purchase materials at cost.

“It was a major savings for us. The project was well over $10,000,” DiGennaro said. “They were wonderful to work with.”
The planters will be located along Route 28 in Harwich Port, Main Street in Harwich Center, Saquatucket Harbor and Red River Beach. DiGennaro said the merchants in Harwich Port have been great, and several have purchased additional boxes to place outside their businesses.

“It's upped our game in terms of streetscape,” DiGennaro said. “They're elegant and durable.”

She also praised Lincoln Hooper, director of the division of highways and maintenance, and his crew for assisting in removing the old deteriorating whiskey barrels that served as planters around town.