Francie Watering one of the Four Flower Boxes on the Bridge
The Northwest Flower Box
The Northeast Box with the Nation's First Public Library Behind
Close Up and Personal: The Southeast Flower Box
Francie Von Mertens was busy watering the flower boxes on one of the bridges entering downtown Peterborough early this morning. Francie and her volunteers, the Community Garden Project (CGP), plant and maintain the eight flower boxes on the two bridges. This dry summer has meant watering eight gallons of water for each flower box every other day. Francie's husband, Carl, built the boxes at the base of the light posts.
Around Memorial Day, the CGP volunteers plant the boxes with an exuberant combination of annuals selected by Francie. Some of her favorites are petunias, Salvia 'Victoria', verbenias and the trailing Sanvitalia procumbens also known as creeping zinnia. They continue deadheading the display until the first frost in early October. Around Thanksgiving, they fill the boxes to overflowing with branches of white pine, spruce, junipers and winterberry to adorn the bridges for the winter months. It is a labor of love that has become an eagerly anticipated tradition in Peterborough.