Zinnia garden supported by volunteers

Thanks to local gardener, Allison Menendez and a host of volunteers, Shelton beautification efforts received a big boost with the planting of a colorful zinnia garden in front of the Shelton Dog Park.

The city, which supported the effort and helped prepare the 100 by 30 foot garden on Nells Rock Road, put the project in the hands of Menendez, as part of Shelton’s Adopt-a-Garden program.

She decided that zinnias, would be a colorful and good fit for the area. Last year, the mayor suggested Menendez plant sunflowers at the same location but Tropical Storm Irene wreaked havoc on the garden. This year, the zinnias are a success.

“They started blooming about a month ago and they’ll be here until the frost,” she said.

The garden has been popular stop for passers-by on Shelton’s Rec. Path and with butterflies and golden finches.

Last Friday evening volunteers were cutting zinnias to sell on Saturday, to support more beautification efforts. While the garden is there for all the enjoy, visitors aren’t permitted to cut their own bouquets. Menendez hopes to organize another Saturday bouquet sale soon and volunteers are needed and welcome. To volunteer, contact Allison at akmenendez@snet.net.

Next season, they’ll be starting all over again, planting a new garden.

The volunteers who helped and supported the garden are: Mayor Mark Lauretti, Sharna Kozak, Jay Knick Jr., P.J. Kryzwick, Kelly Walsh, Teresa Reinshienberg, Lynn Todd Reid, Jim Squezello and James Capra.