Cumberland Times-News


April 22, 2014

Street flowers

Volunteers needed for lamppost plant project

Walk along Frostburg’s Main Street in the spring and summer and one can’t miss the beautiful floral arrangements that adorn the lampposts.

The organization responsible for the beautification project is the House and Garden Club of Frostburg. As it enters another year of the project, the group is seeking volunteers and a little cash to keep the effort going.

Residents plant and maintain 65 flower baskets mounted to lampposts along Main Street and several other streets in the Mountain City, including the area around the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad terminus.

This year, more helpers are needed to plant and maintain several baskets whose keeper has “retired,” according to Rob Rephan, leader of the Center Main Street team.

There are at several baskets without a person to maintain them, including six containers at the train depot. Each basket is maintained by someone who has volunteered to plant a basket or baskets, replace and fertilize the soil, weed and deadhead flowers and water daily throughout the summer and into the fall.

By the end of May, all 65 baskets will be planted with flowers. The club provides volunteers with $30 per basket to purchase plants, soil and fertilizer. In the fall, baskets are emptied and refilled with pine and decorated with lights for the holiday season by the same volunteers.

Although funding comes from a portion of the motel tax revenue, and from fundraisers like the sale of “Rooftops of Frostburg” sweatshirts, and money from the Foundation for Frostburg. Individual donations also are requested. Donations to the garden club flower basket project can be made through the Foundation for Frostburg at P.O. Box 765, Frostburg, MD 21532.

Anyone interested in volunteering may call Rephan at 301-689-8492. Your efforts will help the House and Garden Club carry on a nice tradition in the Mountain City.

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