Gardens on public properties throughout the city each year bring a touch of color to the community — and residents can thank the efforts of the Olde Ripton Garden Club.
The club has been maintaining numerous public gardens — using money raised through fundraisers, such as its annual plant sale, as well as support from Mayor Mark Lauretti’s "office — for several years. But this year club members feel the gardens need some sprucing up.
“One of the main areas the club is responsible for is the Green in Huntington,” said club President Renee Protomastro. “With new additional fundraising, the club has been able to plan and redesign areas of their gardens to update and refresh the plantings.”
Protomastro said the first two gardens being addressed are those at Huntington Green and Shelton High School, and the club plans in time to redesign others as funds allow.
At the Green, the committee, headed up by Shelton residents Pat Robik and Lisa DiNardo, has undertaken a true transformation. The city of Shelton, with the help of Ron Herrick and his staff and several club volunteers, dug and removed many woody, overgrown plants and relocated them to make way for newer, healthier plants.
At the fountain, the club is starting from scratch. The front bed, best seen from the road, has been replanted for the spring, and plans are to remove the larger overgrown shrubs in the rear in the fall and replace them with newer more appropriately sized plantings. It should be a treat to watch those plants grow and flourish this season, observers noted.
Near the gazebo, special shade needs and public trampling have taken their toll. Protomastro said two volunteers stepped in to help in this difficult area.