DARIEN, Conn. Riders who board trains at the Darien station may notice more flowers and shrubs as they start their commutes after Girl Scout Troop 50815 worked to add a little more color to a flat expanse of mulch.
Girl Scouts Annie Odell, Caroline Yostpille, Kristina Mitchell and Catherine Gorey, with help from their mothers, contacted Suzanne Schutte of the Darien Beautification Commission with an idea to help the town. They held several meetings in which they selected an area, picked plants and designs and put their plan in motion. The main planting was done the weekend of June 1.
The group selected native plants such as mountain laurels and bell flowers, which will attract butterflies and help the ecology. Schutte was impressed by the commitment the girls showed. They had a great idea, sought help to create and organize it, and carried it through to completion. Darien should be proud to have such strong volunteerism in their youth.
The troop funded the planting on its own, with some help from commuters who contributed during the planting. A contribution jar and sign will be in the train station, manned by the coffee and newspaper vendors. Funds collected in the jar will be used to plant additional flowers and shrubs in the fall.
The girls will maintain the space through the summer and plant more in the fall. The bed will eventually become an Adopt-a-Garden for Darien, open to sponsorship from a business or individual who would fund ongoing maintenance. Volunteers who would like to help beautify Darien should contact Schutte at email@example.com .
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