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Square plantings showcase new garden
Atlanta Botanical Garden members help plant flowers, vegetation
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Hall County Master Gardener Dorothy Krause, left, and Patrick Ceska fill a downtown Gainesville planter with plants Tuesday morning as a host of volunteers help complete the project.

Earth Day got off to a good start in Gainesville on Wednesday as members of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and city representatives gathered in the downtown square to plant flowers and other vegetation.

“We plant these flowers every spring and fall,” said Gainesville spokeswoman Catiel Felts. “This year the botanical garden wanted to come in and help us.”

The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, a Smithgall Woodland Legacy will open May 2, and representatives used the occasion to promote the new garden and show how their partnership with the city can benefit the whole community.

“It’s a great way for us to start to advertise,” said Mildred Fockele, horticulture director at the botanical garden. “We hope people will like it. It’s a little bit different …”

Ethan Guthrie, horticulture manager, said a variety of plants were potted, including elephant ears, teacups, basket grass, devil’s backbone and multi-colored vegetation.

The plants were chosen after scouting the square a few months ago.

“We came down here in the dead middle of winter … we definitely put some time in it,” Guthrie said.

Master gardener Dorothy Krause said she was excited to be a part of the day.

“This is just to get more recognition and more involvement with the community,” she said.

Participants said they hoped the plantings would bring renewed attention to the square, while showcasing what visitors can expect to see at the garden.

“We feel very fortunate to have the Atlanta Botanical Garden heading up this effort,” Felts said. “They certainly have given a lot of thought to what will work best on the square.”

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