June 12, 2014

Garden Club growing roots

MALONE — The only things to outshine the brightly painted chairs and flower displays created by Malone Garden Club members were the smiles on their faces.

The chairs were brought to Elm Street on Tuesday for a time while they were matched with their appropriate flower pot.

From there, the flowers in each were thoroughly watered before being delivered to local businesses that will place the decorative chairs out front to spruce up downtown.

But first, the women stepped back and looked with pride at how their project had turned out, remarking how well the flowers matched the chairs.

Participating businesses obtain a chair free their first year, then Garden Club members will replant the pot in subsequent years for a $10 donation.

“We did 12 the first year, and this year, we did 24,” Joan Mazzacano said.


Fran White said club members contacted owners to gauge their interest in sponsoring a chair and got an enthusiastic response.

Members find the old chairs at garage sales, or they get them from friends or others who no longer want or need them.

They start to repurpose the wooden chairs at the end of winter by repainting them in whatever colors inspire them.

“Then we get a husband to cut the holes,” laughed White, adding that the designee is not always thrilled with his assignment.

The holes in the seats are filled with painted flower pots, and the pots are packed to the brim with flowers and trailing vines that club members purchase.


Businesses and organizations participating this year include the Malone Golden Age Club, the law office of Peter Dumas, the dental office of Dr. Gary Epstein, Wead Library, the Greater Malone YMCA, Fleming’s Fine Furniture, Key Bank and Adirondack Hardware.

In addition to the chairs, the Garden Club also planted a butterfly garden at the Greater Malone Chamber of Commerce this year and added flowers by the historical cannon in Arsenal Green Park.

The members are also responsible for the flowering plants that decorate Veterans Memorial Park all season, beginning Memorial Day.

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