Friends of the Library Along with John and Helen Gardner Help Bring Library of the Chathams Gardens to Life

John and Helen Gardner, pictured in front of the Library of the Chatham gardens are loaded down with plants to enhance the beauty of the Library. John, a member of the board of the Friends of the library, has been the driving force behind beautifying the library with 3 seasons worth of plantings.

The gardens around the Library of the Chathams are starting to come alive with beautiful spring flowers. John Gardner, Board Member of the Friends of the library and his wife, Helen, have spent hours tirelessly working to make the gardens a central point of beauty in Chatham.

John's game plan for the Library grounds is to provide a continuous display of colors from early spring until late fall. April showed results from over 750 daffodil, tulip, crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs planted in the Fall of 2009. Plantings of over 50 different trees shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals should continue flowering well into late autumn. In 2009, the gardens were the recipient of the McFlowertown Award from Morris Tomorrow.

The Friends of the Library provide the financing and John and Helen and others have labored over the past 5 years to bring the gardens to their current beauty. All are welcome to come, sit and enjoy the beauty of the gardens.

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