by Mary Greendale
March 29, 2018

The Holliston in Bloom Committee needs to raise $5,000 for this year’s plants and materials for the public garden spaces that we maintain, and we hope to raise those funds online.  The link is at the end of this article.

To date, HIB has spent about $10,000 - $15,000 annually creating new public gardens, and we have raised those funds privately through solicitations and by holding events. We get NO public funds from Town government, despite the fact that our work is in public spaces. We do what other communities have town departments to do.

This year, we won’t be installing any new beds, so our needs are less, i.e., $5,000 to:

Replace plants that died over winter.

Purchase new perennials and small bushes to take the places of many annuals to make the garden beds more sustainable. These plants require less water and attention during summer heat, but they also cost significantly more money. HIB plans to use fewer annuals in the beds.

The Committee will still need hundreds of annuals for the container gardens that we create. Many of these are now self-watering pots that are also more sustainable and economical in water use. They cost as much as $1,500 each for the big ones, but we won’t be buying new ones this year.

We are finding it difficult to find the time to do fundraising on top of the time we spend on gardening. We hope that residents will contribute some small bit to the costs of improving the Town’s public spaces at our “Help Holliston Bloom” campaign and reduce the time we have to spend on raising money.

Real estate people tell us that the attractive gardens, sitting spaces and containers make a good impression with homebuyers. The mission of Holliston in Bloom is to build  community pride among our residents and businesses, our visitors and newcomers.

To contribute,

To volunteer to help with cleanups or gardening, please check out our schedule on our website.



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