Garden of hope
A group of volunteers representing both the Bow Garden Club and the local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization recently provided the fall planting of the “Garden of Hope” at Memorial Field in Concord. A truckload of deep pink/magenta chrysanthemums, donated by Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, were planted within the confines of the cancer ribbon-shaped garden originally created in 2004. The garden was designed by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer volunteers with the support of the greater Concord community. Each year the “Garden of Hope” is planted with dozens of pink cascading petunias in June and is re-planted in late September or early October with pink chrysanthemums, all donated by Pleasant View Gardens. Members of the Bow Garden Club have been planting “The Garden of Hope” together with Making Strides volunteers over the past eight years. Pictured are (from left) Mary Shea, director of logistics for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Concord Area; Gretchen Wood, Bow Garden Club; Kerry Buckley, Bow Garden Club president; Patti Edwards and Susan de Nesnera, Making Strides Planning Committee members. Volunteers not pictured are Donna Wilber, 2013 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer chairperson for the Concord Area; Melissa Bianchi, Making Strides coordinator; and Joyce Kimball, Bow Garden Club. The finished product will be in full bloom just like a previous fall planting of pink chrysanthemums.