We all should be grateful to the Gardeners of Rome for their hard work in creating and preparing several community projects that help beautify our area.
One of the most prominent is a garden in memory of past members at Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St. The Jervis Library project was started last summer, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Club members; Paul Johnson, Jr., Jervis Library groundskeeper, and JROTC students at Rome Free Academy prepared the soil and planted the garden, installed stepping stones, and slabs for park benches. The city of Rome obtained park benches from Americorps who donated the benches, according to the announcement by the Gardeners of Rome.
Downtown, Gardeners of Rome President Debbie Evans — one of the 2019 recipients of the Rome Community Foundation’s Richard McMahon Governance Award of a $200 grant — decided to put the grant toward beautification efforts at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is located on the corner of North James and West Liberty streets — across from St. Peter’s Church and on a parcel adjacent to Old City Hall in a vibrant historic district in the city, including Fort Stanwix National Monument. The project included the purchase and planting of a row of hydrangeas at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Many thanks to club members for their dedication to gardening and the community at large.