Spring gardening tips in urban gardens by the Garden Club of York

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The Garden Club of York, in collaboration with Downtown, Inc. and the City of York, planted and hung around 240 baskets and 77 planters on the ground this week along the streets around Continental Square.

Warmly dressed on a cold spring morning under a blazing sun streaked by long shadows of buildings, a small group of Garden Club of York members armed with tools in wagons spread out from room to plant.

Begonias have made a comeback to the hanging baskets that adorn downtown streetlights. This year they are combined with trailing asparagus.

“Begonias have worked so well for us over the past two years that we have kept them,” said Linda Hanson of the Garden Club of York. “They love sun and shade … and bloom all season long.”

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Another Garden Club member, Chris Barkdoll, suggests Caladium and Coleus, a shade-loving, multi-leafed ornamental plant that is planted in planters on the ground outside the York County Forensic Center. Around these plantations are sweet potato vines that will cover the ground in large pots and shower around the edges, becoming bushy as the summer progresses.

The plantations are visible on Market, George and Beaver streets. The hanging baskets stretch from Royal Square to the WeCo district, west of Codorus Creek.

While Downtown Inc. owns the planters, the Garden Club of York pays for the plantings and even contracts to have them all watered early each morning before the city wakes up. Care will be provided throughout the summer.

“I like helping the city. We need to focus on the simple things – creating happy spaces for people, ”said Katy Meckley, member of the gardening club.


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