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Pappie, left, and Alan Oakman work to finish clearing the garden in front of the Mascoma Area Senior Center in Canaan, N.H., on Nov. 11, 2013. Pappie, who has started several small gardens in public places around Canaan, has planted and taken care of the one in front of the senior center for three years. "Once you start a garden somewhere, you'll most likely be the only one taking care of it for many years," she said.  "I keep these gardens small- but they make the town look so nice in the summer."
Valley News - Sarah Priestap

Pappie, left, and Alan Oakman work to finish clearing the garden in front of the Mascoma Area Senior Center in Canaan, N.H., on Nov. 11, 2013. Pappie, who has started several small gardens in public places around Canaan, has planted and taken care of the one in front of the senior center for three years. "Once you start a garden somewhere, you'll most likely be the only one taking care of it for many years," she said. "I keep these gardens small- but they make the town look so nice in the summer." Valley News - Sarah Priestap Purchase photo reprints »

Pappie Oakman, left, and Alan Oakman work to finish clearing the garden in front of the Mascoma Area Senior Center in Canaan earlier this week. Pappie, who has started several small gardens in public places around Canaan, has planted and taken care of the one in front of the senior center for three years. “Once you start a garden somewhere, you’ll most likely be the only one taking care of it for many years,” she said. “I keep these gardens small, but they make the town look so nice in the summer.”Valley News — Sarah Priestap