Sewickley Civic Garden Council, member clubs plant flowers along Broad Street

Monday, May 18, 2020 | 7:01 PM

The Sewickley Civic Garden Council and area garden club volunteers helped beautify Sewickley this week as they worked to plant 20 sections of flowers along one of the town’s main roadways.

Wearing masks and practicing social distancing, 38 volunteers on Monday spanned the length of Broad Street from Thorn Street to Ohio River Boulevard, using measuring tools to accurately space the plants. Sixteen volunteers returned Tuesday to finish the project.

The plantings are usually done by Manchester Bidwell students each spring, but the Sewickley Civic Garden Council and its member clubs took over the responsibility this year as the school remains closed due to the covid-19 outbreak. The Sewickley Civic Garden Council paid for the plants, which were grown over the winter at the Little Sewickley Greenhouse in Franklin Park and delivered by the nursery. Sewickley Borough covers the cost of prepping the flower beds, watering and upkeep.

Martha Smith, Sewickley Civic Garden Council secretary, said volunteers received a lot of positive feedback from passersby; one even stopped to give a $100 donation to the SCGC president.

To donate to the Broad Street Project, checks can be made to SCGC and mailed to their PO Box 103, Sewickley, Pa. 15143. “Broad Street Project” should be written in the memo line.