DEXTER AREA - The Green Thumb Society, the newly formed gardening group encompassing the Dexter area, is working on many community projects in Dexter in addition to deciding what goals they personally would like to do in the future. i.e.: how to prune, composting, what to plant in our planting zone, garden tours, collecting seed, etc.
Projects the Green Thumbs have done and/or are working on soon include the 22+/- Town planters, the Welcome to Dexter sign planters, Wayside Park Garden & new Gazebo plantings and Eleanor Ronco Smith Park (acrossed from Ambulance Garage). Also, in front of the Post Office the Memorial Heart Garden has been planted and soon the Green Thumbs will be replacing the old town fir tree with a new Colorado blue spruce with the help of Parks Supervisor Duke Leighton. The Dexter Town Office Garden, in the alleyway, is currently being planted with both annuals and perennials. All of the perennial plants that have been donated by members and from citizens gardens, the annual flowers are purchased locally.
Renys Department Store has donated some Azalea Bushes for future projects, such as the Wayside Park, Massage Therapist Donna Kraft-Smith is donating perennials, Almost Compost & Sherburne Farms has donated loads of compost and top soil, B'Warts has donated plants and the calls are still coming in with donations. The effort of the Green Thumb Society and supporters is saving the Town of Dexter over $3000 this year in tax money and guarantees everlasting blooms for the beautification of Dexter. This also includes the ongoing project of watering and maintenance of the plantings.
A big project for The Green Thumbs is "Plant a Row for the Hungry Garden" at Sherburne Farm on the Ripley Road in Dexter. Dexter Regional Federal Credit Union has already committed to helping sponsor the Garden project as part of their successful End the Hunger Campaign. The Dexter Rec. Department is in the planning stages of putting together a kids summer program to work with the Green Thumbs "Plant a Row for the Hungry Garden." The Charlotte White Center has also expressed interest in participating with their clients. The Garden will help support the Food Cupboard and other such organizations.
If you would like to participate in the Garden Club, if you have plants to donate, if you want more information to become a member, or be put on the email list, email judy@DexterMaine.com or call 924-3067. Future meeting dates will be announced soon. You do not have to attend every meeting, possess lots of gardening knowledge, or assist in every project. Just come and enjoy getting your hands dirty or your mind enriched. If your group or organization (i.e.: scouts, church groups, teens, etc) would like to be a part of the community based Green Thumb Society please let us know. All ages are welcome and currently range from 7 years old to over 80, both men and women.
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