To coin a phrase: every day is beautiful, in its own way. Perhaps the most beautiful will be August 3 or as the Granville Village Board recently declared it – Granville Beautification Day.
The declaration, made at the July 11 meeting, recognizes the efforts of the Slate Valley Garden Club to keep up the appearance of Main Street and encourage those who work to keep up the appearance of the rest of the village.
Co-presidents Robyn Lypschultz and Margie O’Brien said the garden club has worked on Main Street for the second summer in a row to help spruce things up with plantings in the flower boxes along the street.
O’Brien said members are not just making the mini garden for the love of gardening. “We do it because it shows pride in the village. I think it makes a difference on the street; it seems to cheer people up when they’re walking on Main Street,” O’Brien said. Some people don’t realize the garden club takes care of the Main Street flower beds and think it’s the village doing the planting and the watering, O’Brien said.
“The Garden Club does amazing work making our Main St. beautiful, all by volunteers and with their own funds. Streetscaping is vital in any community and we are fortunate we have the Garden Club to help with this. The Chamber recognizes the importance of this to our businesses and as such, have made a cash contribution to the Garden Club to help with their efforts,” Granville Area Chamber of Commerce President Kerri Thomas said.
Although the village lends and hand and tends to the boxes, it’s the garden club that fills them with, this year, color coordinated blossoms.
“They’ve been very cooperative village crew took care of repairing (the flower boxes) after they were damaged over the extremely snowy winter,” she said.
For many years the garden club has given annual awards out to residential and commercial properties who go the extra mile and put out a nice display of gardening. Formerly the awards were handed out in October, when most of the gardening winners were recognized for had begun to die off as fall turned to winter.
O’Brien said member suggested the change in award times and also suggested approaching the village regarding designating the special day.
Mayor Brian LaRose and board members said they were impressed with the results of the work that went into the Main Street flower gardens before acting to make the day an (annual) event.
“We’re very happy with the support we’ve received from the village and from the chamber of commerce,” O’Brien said. The chamber has pledged support for the flower box project in the future.
Many hands make light work, O’Brien said as Charlie King purchased a water tank which attaches to a lawn tractor and can be used to water the flower boxes on Main Street; she also said Ernie Wood volunteers to help maintain the flowers and waters them. “We’re glad to have their help,” she said.
With the awards going out August 3, O’Brien said it has pushed the Club’s committee to get out and look at all of the ground they need to cover.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to recognize the people who have tried to beautify the village as well as their own homes and hopefully the awards and Beautification Day will motivate other residents and businesses who haven’t received an award before,” O’Brien said.
The Slate Valley Garden Club’s purpose is to provide an atmosphere of friendship and enjoyment to those who enjoy gardening and related activities.
Founded in 1974, monthly meetings continue to feature speakers, presentations and field trips with members taking turns providing light lunches. Other projects include scholarships to local graduates planning horticultural or environmental majors and to children participating in the Pember Museum’s adventure week during the summer. The club plants and maintains numerous village gardens and now is engaged in its second year of planting and caring for the Main Street Tree Box Gardens.