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Bronxville Beautification Club Seeds the Village

Veteran gardener Avery Jones of Bronxville spent Mother’s Day planting herbs on the patio of her home.  That did not stop her from tending a second smaller patch of sweet peas and Chinese forget-me-nots among other plantings in a different patch of the backyard.

“You have to think about everything when you are a gardner,”she said while plucking a weed from a stone pot of calla lillies “It’s an everyday job.”

Avery, who is  seven, has been gardening since she was three.  While she admits to getting help from her mom, Joanne and dad, Stephen, she is very hands on said mom Joanne. “She works hard around the garden and is very involved in it all the time,” she said.

The Jones family garden was one of nine local gardens that participated in the Bronxville Beautification Council’s fourth annual garden tour held Saturday.

A light rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of volunteers who put together the tour.

“All of the proceeds go the BBC so we can continue to supply and maintain the hanging baskets around the village, the plantings at the library and village hall among others said member Kathy Rodriguez.

The BBC was founded in the early 1980s with a mission to preserve and improve the beauty of  the village.  The group does three annual plantings in 27 locations, including summer flowers planted in May, mums planted in September and tulip bulbs in November.

In addition to maintaining the gardens and flower arrangements throughout the village,  group members maintain their own gardens.  “It is very labor intensive, but it connects you to the earth,” said Wendy Murphy.

“My garden has become a part of my everyday life and I get to share it with my family and friends,”Rodriguez added.

For BBC member Meg Sunier, everyday life should always include a garden.  “Our mission is to add beauty to our community,” she said.

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