Gardeners share a magic touch

Garden Club makes downtown projects blossom, hosts annual Garden Tour Saturday and Sunday.

I admit it, when it comes to plants I'm a serial killer. Sometimes quickly, sometimes with the agonized withering of leaf after leaf, I manage to turn even the most lush plants and brilliant blooms into compost.

Perhaps that's why I am so dazzled by, and grateful for, the dedication and talent of Northfield Garden Club members. Bright Spencer, a member, photographer and all-around nice person, shared some photos of the projects, just so you can spot them when you're out and about. Click here to see them.

Look around the downtown and you'll see their handiwork everywhere, from the pansies in Bridge Square to the brilliant hanging baskets along the sidewalks. And take the time to visit the Betsy Maitland pergola, a restful stop along the water in Riverside Park.

You can see more of the club members' handiwork in its annual Garden Tour next weekend. The tour, which includes six private gardens, will run June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through June 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available at Hodge-Podge Que at 429 Division St. and Lansing Hardware, 618 Division St. S.

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Northfield Garden CLub

If you look north of the gazebo behind the Archer House, you will also find a

lovely rose garden, tending by the ladies and gentlemen of the NGC.