Letter: Volunteers team up to keep Pittsfield beautiful

Volunteers team up to keep city beautiful

To the editor:

Ever wonder how all the flowers and ornamental plants magically appear each year in downtown Pittsfield and the surrounding neighborhoods? Or how those pesky weeds disappear overnight from public gardens?

Many folks think the city plants and maintains all the containers and gardens you see in public sites throughout Pittsfield but it's volunteers with Pittsfield Beautiful who do this task. Last year, volunteers provided over 600 hours to care for the city's nearly 300 planters and public gardens.

Some are gardeners who like helping people of all ages discover the joy of flowers. Others have never had a garden and enjoy the company of volunteers who share a similar mission to keep Pittsfield beautiful. Still others find that pulling weeds out of the growing number of annual and perennial public gardens is very therapeutic with the added bonus of keeping these sites looking well maintained and welcoming.

Some volunteers can only help out once a year but they sure do make a difference by planting nearly 4,500 flowers along sidewalks, in medians, and in many of the public parks. It's always amazing to see the transformation that takes place in downtown Pittsfield and surrounding neighborhoods in just a few hours in early June.

Other volunteers are part of Pittsfield Beautiful's weekly plant care team on Friday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30 from May through mid-October. Participation in these weekly "work parties" is very flexible and no one needs to commit ahead of time.

We work in partnership with the city, which provides valuable in-kind services such as watering and fertilizing all the containers and newly planted gardens, and mulching many of the gardens to help keep the weeds at bay. Some businesses also pitch in by planting containers in front of their establishments.

To learn more about how you can help keep Pittsfield beautiful, call 266-1083 and leave a message, or send us an email via pittsfieldbeautiful.org.

Claudine Chavanne, Lenox


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