Meet the volunteers who make Peterborough beautiful

  • Volunteers tend to gardens in Peterborough. (Tony Marquis / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Volunteers tend to gardens in Peterborough. (Tony Marquis / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Volunteers tend to gardens in Peterborough. (Tony Marquis / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Volunteers tend to gardens in Peterborough. (Tony Marquis / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/28/2017 10:27:02 AM

When the snow melts, that’s when a group of volunteers begins their hard, but enjoyable, work of making Peterborough attractive.

Every Wednesday morning, from April to October, a dedicated group of volunteers can be seen digging and pruning and planting in eight Peterborough gardens.

“We love to garden, and we love making the town beautiful,” said Maude Odgers, who has been helping maintain town gardens since she helped plant the first flowers in Putnam Garden (located across the river from the post office) in 1997.

This Wednesday morning, Odgers and fellow professional garden designer Laura Trowbridge were looking through a catalog to pick which bulbs they were going to plant this fall to bloom in the spring.

Trowbridge has been volunteering with Odgers for 15 years, ever since she saw the beauty of the town gardens which were designed by Michael Gordon, and maintained, at first, by Odgers.

“I thought, ‘Wow, these are incredible plants,’” said Trowbridge. “I had to ask: ‘Who is doing this?’”

Trowbridge, Odgers and about 4-6 more volunteers including Terry Reeves and Suzannah Parish (who were helping Wednesday morning) have been part of a group that’s maintained eight parks (three inside Putnam Garden, Pavilion Garden behind Toadstool Bookshop, Depot Park and Peters Gate, Boccelli Gardens, Nubanusit Terrace (next to the post office) and Teixeira Park on Union Street (where some weddings have been held).

The volunteers credit town employee Tim Rose, who does most of the  “we couldn’t do any of this without him”

The town has a park maintenance budget of $75,000.

Trowbridge encouraged residents and visitors to experience the fruits of their labor.

“I think people should see these gardens,” she said.


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