Garden club to unleash flower power NORTHWEST Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

November 05, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

If a single red rose leaves a lasting impression on the recipient, what will several thousand yellow daffodils on a roadside hill do for motorists passing through Uniontown?

You'll soon find out.

At noon on Saturday, the Carroll Young Gardeners will begin the largest planting they have ever tackled.

"We are going to plant 4,000 daffodil bulbs along the roadside," said Mary Ellen Bay, co-chairman of the children's club. "When cars are moving by a bed of flowers, it doesn't make an impact unless at least 1,500 are planted in one spot."

In the past, the 8-to 13-year-old participants have undertaken projects such as flower shows, vegetable gardens and learning how to recycle materials found in nature to make intricate crafts.

But this task will take longer than their 90-minute monthly meetings at Westminster United Methodist Church on Main Street.

Mrs. Bay has slated the following weekend to complete any work they can't finish in four hours on Saturday. "On the approaches to Uniontown, there used to be trees and things along the road, so there is a precedent for planting the flowers," she said.

The early blooming spring flowers will blanket roadside banks at both ends of Uniontown, greeting visitors to the historic district as they cross either Trevanion or Jasontown roads, at about the same spot as the first plantings by the club's adult affiliate, the Carroll Garden Club, 40 years ago.

"We think it will be a fitting tribute to our first planting," said Mrs. Bay, a Carroll Garden Club member for more than 20 years.

The Hollinger sisters -- Jaclyn, Noelle and Merisa -- are as excited about this weekend's planting as they have been about all their garden club activities.

Although they have performed numerous projects with the club -- from designing picture-framed crafts using beads, shells and dried flowers, to growing vegetables in their own home garden -- they know this planting will require all their skills, and a lot of hard work.

"This might take a while," said Noelle, 9, who has been in the club for two years. "There's a lot of area there."

Jaclyn, 11, who has been a garden club member for three years, agreed, but thought the work would really benefit the area.

"When people go by, the hill will look a lot nicer," said Jaclyn, a seventh-grader at East Middle School. "After it's all done, the road will be much prettier."

Merri Hollinger, the girls' mother, who once was a member of the Young Gardeners, said the project was "quite an undertaking."

But she said she would be alongside her daughters as usual, with their youngest sister, Leanne, 4, in tow. "I like to help occasionally, and it makes me feel good to have all my girls involved," Mrs. Hollinger said.

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