Amy Cahillane: Planter program brightens Northampton’s downtown

  • Amy Cahillane, the executive director of the Downtown Northampton Association, is shown in 2017 planting flowers in the medium on Main street. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Published: 7/10/2019 4:45:12 PM

As summer has finally blossomed downtown, you may have noticed the new plantings decorating the traffic islands on Main and King streets.

As a Northampton resident — and someone who is downtown every day — these plantings have brought some new life and greenery to Main Street, and make me smile (even while stuck in traffic) every time I catch sight of them.

While the island planter program is an annual effort funded by the Downtown Northampton Association and its supporters, these particular plantings — with the new barrels and spectacular river birches — were made possible with the extraordinary effort of our landscape crew and special contributions from several local businesses.

Their dedication to beautifying downtown should not go unnoticed. A special round of thanks go to Craig Stevens and his crew at Landscapes Northampton, who not only designed the plantings and worked with the Downtown Northampton Association to make them a reality, but whose team did the manual labor to plant them and situate them on the traffic islands.

Also deserving thanks are several local businesses, including Wanczyk Evergreen Nursery, Gary Gathuier Stonework, King & Cushman Insurance, Fitzgerald Fence, Inc., Dave Loven Excavation, Paradise Copies, Bueno Y Sano, Roberto’s Restaurant and Sylvester’s Restaurant. Thanks to all of you for making these incredible plantings come to life!

Amy Cahillane

Executive Director, Downtown Northampton Association

Daily Hampshire Gazette Office

115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01061


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