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Volunteers Needed for Next Phase of Boutwell Park Project

For the past two years, members of the Groton History Center, working with the Groton Business Association (GBA), have been steadily implementing a design plan to landscape the back of the Boutwell property. Lorayne Black and Bob Pine have created a plan which incorporates 34 trees, 96 shrubs, a four-foot crushed stone walkway throughout the property, granite seating areas overlooking Gibbet Hill and a formal, late-19th century flower garden surrounded by a fence. 

Initially, local landscapers Josh Degan, Keith Hooper and George Brackett led a group of volunteers in logging and chipping the entire parcel. More recently, Bennett Black stumped the property, Brian Lagasse removed all the debris and Bob Black raked and graded the parcel to prepare it for planting. The Friends of Trees have generously donated several tree varieties that could be checked off the plant list.

The next step with this project offers the opportunity for community volunteers to help out. All interested parties should turn out on Saturday, May 18 starting at 8 a.m. to help plant. Come prepared with garden gloves and tools, a willingness to get a little dirt under your fingernails and help with this amazing community project. Volunteers will be under the direction of landscaping professionals. Please contact Steve Lane at if you can help and for more information.

The garden will be a welcome addition to the Boutwell site, offering a beautiful park in the center of town for visitors seeking a contemplative space, a chance to admire the view, an opportunity to educate themselves about plantings or history, or just wanting to romp through the grassy areas. 

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