By Virginia Russell —

When a cold northwest wind blew into the center of Dublin on December 1st, the Dublin flower volunteers didn’t flinch. They went about their task of turning hayrack containers and urns into spectacular arrays of greens, berries and sumac.

Sharon Escales from the Dublin Garden Club cut bundles of greens and Louise Werden brought in loads of soil to fill the containers. Other local volunteers included Sally Collier, Mary Liz Lewis, Jinnie Russell, Barbara Sovik, Barbara Summers, Anne Marie Warren, and Story Wright. Excited chatter about color, height and balance swirled around the arrangers. John Escales helped sweep up the clippings, hand out hot chocolate and carry the bulky materials.

Many of the same volunteers were responsible for the flower containers last summer. A brilliant display of color delighted pedestrians and motorists as they wound their way around the rotary. On hot days one could see the Dublin volunteers “dead heading “ and watering the contented plants.

The downtown flowerbox project is a joint effort between the Dublin Garden Club and local volunteers. This remarkable group has put in countless hours and deserves a big thank you for adding to the beauty of Dublin.

Jinnie Russell is one of two Public Relations Chairs for the Dublin Garden Club.

Winter Flower People Fill Hayracks