Thanks to a $5,000 Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant, Keep Hot Springs Beautiful was able to purchase Earth Boxes and plants. Earth Boxes were given to two groups: low income people to plant vegetables and business owners to plant flowers to place in front of their businesses. The Earth Box Give-Away took place in early June. With the help of the local Master Gardeners and other community volunteers, we were able to train the recipients about the Earth Box system and help them plant their Earth Boxes so they could take them home to display.
Located 30 miles south of Boston in Mansfield, Mass. community members and Keep Mansfield Beautiful worked together in mid-May to plant donated flowering crabapple trees as part of the “Don’t Just Stand There – PLANT SOMETHING!” campaign.
Thanks to Keep Mansfield Beautiful, these colorful trees will beautify the gateway to the downtown. Prior to planting, expert horticulturalists from Guerrini Landscape demonstrated proper tree planting techniques, which provided volunteers with the information needed to properly plant the trees.
Volunteers also placed whiskey barrels along the sidewalks of Main Street, each planted with a matching variety of vibrant annual flowers. Volunteers also worked on the Mansfield Community Mural project along the wall adjacent to the downtown business district and public transportation station.