Garden club treats residents to Town Hall landscaping effort
Something new has been added to Town Hall on Narragansett Avenue. Over the weekend the property was landscaped due to a gift of $4,000 from the Quononoquott Garden Club. Club President Jill Meyer said that members voted to budget the funds to help with this civic beautification pr oject.
Gloria Westlake chairs a committee that has been meeting since April to plan the installation of landscape architect Michael Weremay's plans. The committee consists of Carolyn Armington, Jill Meyer, Joyce Allphin and Anna Bernath. Bernath is a landscape designer and Armington is a member of the Landscape Design Council.
Several meetings have been held with Town Planner Lisa Breyer and Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, as well as Mike Gray of the Department of Public Works, who had employees of the town prepare the area by removing sod and amending the soil. "It has truly been a community effort," said Westlake.
Funding for the project has come from several sources including the garden club's yearly plant sale fund-raiser.
In addition to the club's budgeting $4,000 for the project, Westlake wrote and obtained a grant for $798 from the Jamestown Community Fund, part of the Rhode Island Foundation which funds projects that benefit th e to wn.
Phase one of landscaping the Town Hall consists of completing the Narragansett Avenue, or north side of the building, as well as the east and most of the south side of the building.
Phase two will be the completion of the west side of the building.
Mike Saracino and Michael Penn of "Landscapes" completed the landscaping on Saturday. The plant material includes Cunningham white rhododendron, red rhododendron, blue prince and princess ilex, dwarf English boxwood, Mother's Day azaleas, Miss Kim lilacs, spirea and leucothoe.