Volunteers sought for planting project outside Northampton City Hall

  • Northampton City Hall, GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

For the Gazette
Published: 7/24/2021 2:10:07 PM

NORTHAMPTON – Crafts Avenue will soon be filled with 3,000 colorful perennials, thanks to several organizations working to create a small meadow next to City Hall.

The planting event is planned for July 31, starting at 9:30 a.m., and will rely on the help of local volunteers. There will be a demonstration on how to plant the flowers at the start of the event. The initiative is meant to beautify the downtown while supporting the Valley’s pollinator population.

“We’re focused on trying to do a public service for everyone, including pollinators,” said Owen Wormser, landscape design artist and co-founder of Local Harmony, the non-profit that spearheaded the project.

The organizers chose perennials for two reasons: pollinators love them, and they require minimal upkeep because they self-seed every year.

“They’re very low maintenance,” Wormser said. “Once we plant them, they could be around for decades.”

Local Harmony chose the space next to City Hall for the meadow because it wasn’t being used for anything else. It’s a steep slope, and mowing it has proved difficult for the city, according to Wormser.

The project relies on volunteers and donors from the city who have agreed to help support the planting. Keiter Builders is removing the grass from the area and Northeast Environmental is donating and spreading mulch at the site. 

“We’ve been able to do everything with just support from the community. We haven’t needed to get any grants or anything,” Wormser said.

In addition to Local Harmony, Massachusetts Pollinator Network and Pollinate Northampton! are also contributing to the project. The planting design was donated by Abound Design.


Support Local Journalism

Subscribe to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, your leading source for news in the Pioneer Valley.

Daily Hampshire Gazette Office

115 Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01061


Copyright © 2021 by H.S. Gere & Sons, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy