Members of the Blue Hill Garden Club
Members of the Blue Hill Garden Club met at the Mill Stream Bridge in downtown Blue Hill on Friday, July 19, to do something they have done already this season: replant their flower boxes. But why would they do this again? According to members of the club, vandals—not once, but twice—destroyed the contents of the boxes. During the July 4 weekend, the entire contents of the boxes were dumped into the stream below. The following week, after being replanted, the boxes were tampered with again, but this time the flowers were left mostly intact, but the water level gauges were taken. The gauges come with the box, explained member Barbara Seeger, “so, they are kind of hard to replace.” The boxes are a labor of love for the garden club members, but the cost to plant and replant the boxes is real, explained garden club president Ute Eichenberg, who said that close to $1,600 is spent annually on plantings around town ($682 specifically on flower boxes in 2012). The members of the Garden Club say they would like to see an end to the repeated vandalism of the boxes and ask the community to assist in any way they can. Members pictured, from left, are Barbara Seeger, Ute Eichenberg and Ruth Miller.