FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Garden Club presented a Penny Pines certificate to the Framingham Fire Department yesterday, July 20, to honor the first responders for their work. Penny Pines is a national tree-planting project.
At every meeting, garden club members donate their loose change and every $68 is contributed for a new batch of 1,000 seedlings to be planted.
The garden club’s donation is made in the name of someone that want to honor, and the most recent donation was in name of the Framingham Fire Department.
Framingham Garden Club member Aparna Kumar runs the Penny Pines collection in Framingham and also oversees the Massachusetts program.
The National Garden Club and the Mass Federation of Garden Clubs present these awards throughout the country for various services to the community and as memorial gifts. In conjunction with the U.S. Forestry Service between 200 and 300 seedlings are planted to restore damaged forest throughout the country for each Penny for Pines donation.
This year, the Framingham Garden Club has given 4 awards one to Linda Libby for Parks & Recreation to honor her upon her retirement. She has worked extensively with us in our public gardens, said Garden Club member Shannon Fitzpatrick.
Another one was presented to Stephen Saranosky, who coordinates the recycling program in the City of Framingham and the most recent was to the first responders at the Framingham Fire Department.
Nancy Martin is the president of the Framingham Garden Club. The Framingham Garden Club meets the second Wednesday of each month September through May. Although with COVID-19 the meetings have not been held at Plymouth Church but rather on Zoom starting at 12:15 p.m.