Several dozen members of the Gettysburg Garden Club, dressed in bright pink t-shirts, braved traffic to get onto the circle in the center of the Gettysburg Square early this morning, where they planted over 600 decorative summer annuals.
Gettysburg Mayor Rita Frealing stopped by to give encouragement and enjoy the colorful displays.
Civic Development Committee Coordinator Pat Thorsen said the club and been in charge of decorating the square since 1967, shortly after the club was founded in 1965. The club has also been in charge of the downtown hanging flower baskets as well as those at the firehouse since 2008.
The club said borough staff would water the plants during the summer months.
The planting is funded in part by donations from the Giving Spree and Musselman Greenhouses in Orrtanna, as well as by the fundraising activities of the club.
The next opportunity to help out the club, and get some plants for your own yard, is the Annual Spring Perennial Sale which will be this Saturday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. while supplies last, at the Gettysburg Firehouse, 35 North Stratton Street.