This Year’s Gardens Spring Up in Hanover

  • Vintage planting of pinks, lilac and white accent the Webster Cottage on North Main Street in Hanover. (Courtesy of the Hanover Garden Club)

  • From left: Hanover Garden Club members Betty Heston, Nina Banwell, Priscilla Runstadler and Mary-Jane Ogawa helped plant flowers at Webster Cottage in Hanover as part of the club's annual planting event in downtown Hanover. (Courtesy of the Hanover Garden Club)

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hanover — About 40 members of the Hanover Garden Club spent June 1-3 planting 12 garden beds throughout the downtown.

Planted each summer, the Hanover Town Gardens are arranged based on designs created by club member Susan Berry, who also designs the Main Street hanging flower baskets.

The civic beautification project dates back to 1919, when Julius Mason, a postman, began his career.

Over the next few decades, he planted annuals, perennials and shrubs along his mail route. In 1965, after his death, the garden club and the Hanover Conservation Council launched the Julius Mason Fund to maintain the gardens he had started.

By 2003, the garden club assumed full responsibility for the annual funding designing, planting and maintenance of the 12 Julius Mason flower beds. Club volunteers “adopt” the gardens, maintaining them throughout the season.

The Hanover Improvement Society provides helps pay for watering Main Street baskets and gardens.

For more information, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org.