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Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, December 20, 2018
Garden club continues wreath-giving tradition
Christmas greens grace downtown Blue Hill

Mill Stream Bridge wreath

Each holiday season, garden club members decorate and place wreaths along Mill Stream Bridge.

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by Anne Berleant

In a longstanding practice of helping Blue Hill embrace the holiday spirit, this year the Blue Hill Garden Club once again placed wreaths along the bridge overlooking Mill Stream on Main Street, and two giant wreaths at the entrance to town hall.

The club purchased the town hall wreaths from Mainescape, which takes care of attaching them to the entrance columns free of charge.

For the bridge decorations, the club bought 10 bare wreaths from Christmas Greens Shop in Blue Hill and hand decorated them before placing them on the bridge fence posts.

Member dues pay for the wreaths and decorations, club president Peter Leonard said.

“We have two missions, beautification and education,” Leonard said. “This is part of beautification.”

The club also places colorful flower boxes along the bridge in summer and, in past years, planters at town hall, along with landscape work at Horton Emerson Park on Water Street. Members also help with planting and weeding at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, said Leonard.