Planters brighten up downtown

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  • Mo Ryan, working with LandScapes, LLC, makes a home for several new plantings decorating the medians on Main Street in Northampton on Friday morning. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Craig Stevens, owner of the Northampton design and build landscaping company LandScapes, crosses Main Street in Northampton on Friday morning with a tray of flowers destined for one of the many planters now installed in the medians of King and Main streets downtown. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Mo Ryan, working with LandScapes, LLC, removes the tags from a mandevilla plant and several others she was adding in the planters on Main Street in downtown Northampton on Friday morning. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Craig Stevens adds flowers to the planters under a river birch tree on the King Street median in downtown Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • LandScapes, LLC, owner Craig Stevens, right, and some of his crew, including Mo Ryan, left, and Pete Toomey, add plants to the newly installed containers on Main Street in downtown Northampton on Friday morning, May 22, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Mo Ryan is reflected in a downtown Northampton storefront as she and other workers with LandScapes, LLC, tend the newly installed planters on Main Street on Friday morning, May 22, 2020. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Mo Ryan turns around to hear compliments shouted from a passer-by as she and others working with LandScapes LLC planted flowers in the planters on Main Street in downtown Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 5/24/2020 6:40:59 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Pink sun parasols, birch trees, and other flora have appeared recently in large turquoise, sky blue, and purple planters on the Main Street medians.

Craig Stevens, owner of LandScapes, and his team planted more than 30 pots of flowers and trees on Friday morning.

“Even in the middle of a pandemic, this can happen,” he said, taking a break from the work in the shade.

The annual project is funded by the Downtown Northampton Association, Coca-Cola North America, and a number of local businesses, such as Bueno Y Sano, Paradise Copies, and Roberto’s Restaurant.

The varied and bright colors of the plants and containers were an intentional choice, Stevens said. “It’s really an artsy look of colors to celebrate everything in Northampton,” he said.

LandScapes maintains the plants all summer, Stevens said. “We’re glad to give back to downtown.”

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.




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