By MORGAN MANNS
Fostoria Garden Club has set its sights, and green thumbs, on beautifying a corner of the city.
Club members will be working to renew the landscaping at East Center and Town streets, where a “Welcome to Fostoria” sign greets motorists coming into the city.
“The spot is a very visible spot,” said Carol Kinn, garden club member. “The garden club goes out and does the upkeep. “¦ and we were out there one day and I couldn’t believe how much traffic passes by there. We want it to look the best that it can.
“One lady rolled down her window and said, ‘I just want you to know how beautiful this looks.’ That’s something we want visitors and community members to think every time they come through Fostoria.”
The roughly $1,200 project is possible through the club’s fundraising at the Farmers’ Markets. Kinn said the 40-member club sells fresh flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, flower arrangements and silk arrangements at the event.
This is the third major project the club has embarked on in the last three years using Farmers’ Market profits.
“We had to watch the height of plants because we didn’t want to obstruct the view for drivers on that corner,” Kinn said.
The club will be planting both perennial and annual plants including daylilies, sedum, coral bells, calamintha and hydrangeas. A rozanne geranium — a lavender flower that blooms all summer long — will also be planted, according to Kinn.
All of the perennials that could be salvaged were dug up and will be replanted with the new plants.
Before the shrubbery is planted, Kinn said the club is going to spread layers of soil on the area to raise it above ground level.
“The ground there is a little low and we want to make it visible and abundant with flowers,” she said.
A new granite “Welcome to Fostoria” sign will also be placed before everything is planted because, according to Kinn, it will be easier for club members to work around the sign than for the sign to be placed around the plants.
“As long as it doesn’t snow more, we hope to get started real soon,” she said, adding the club’s goal is to have the project finished by May 20, when the club will plant annuals around town at various locations, including the entrances to the city.
Kinn said the club couldn’t have done it without Fostoria city workers, who helped dig up the sign, rose bushes and a small tree club members were unable to do on their own. Jon Wonderly, of Creative Concepts Landscaping, has also helped the club with the project.
The site was created by the Fostoria Garden Club roughly 20 years ago, according to Kinn.
“Aesthetics and quality of life are important to a town,” she said. “Keeping our landscape areas fresh and nice looking is one way of showing visitors that we do care about what our city looks like and we do have pride in our city.Hopefully it will last for the next 20 years.”