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Public invited to join in town landscaping project

by Ginny Sawkins

By the time the first of the season’s farmers’ markets is set up at Taber Park in Urbanna on Saturday, May 10, Virginia Street will have a whole new look.

Thanks to the Urbanna Beautification Committee, all the tired old plantings located at the bump-outs along the street will have been removed, and new landscapes, designed by local resident Bill Dickinson, will be installed. Dickinson, who has a very well-known and prolific green thumb, is working with a newly-formed committee whose primary goal is to make this historic waterside community look just as pretty and welcoming as anything anyone would expect to see in “Southern Living.” New festival flags will be hung at each lamppost, tying the entire streetscape together.

Committee members Dickinson, Betsy Bristow, Karen Lowe, John Milby, Joe Heyman and town administrator Holly Gailey are hammering out timelines to ensure everything will be in place by the end of April. Thanks to the Urbanna Beautification Committee and proceeds from the town’s annual Historic Christmas House Tour, these new additions are being made possible.

Anyone interested in helping dig and plant will be welcome Monday, April 28, at 9 a.m. Bring your gardening hat, gloves, a trowel, your favorite tools and join the group on Virginia Street. We love community participation! And those volunteers who see a plant that is being replaced are invited to take it home. 

More information may be obtained by calling Lowe Tide at 758-4444 or Cyndy’s Bynn at 758-3756. 

posted 04.23.2014

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