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Beautification League Installs Hanging Baskets Around Downtown New Canaan

Twenty-seven New Canaan Beautification League members recently gathered together at the home of Libby Butterworth. Armed with trowels and wire cutters, they assembled the 207 hanging baskets now adorning lampposts throughout town.
Twenty-seven New Canaan Beautification League members recently gathered together at the home of Libby Butterworth. Armed with trowels and wire cutters, they assembled the 207 hanging baskets now adorning lampposts throughout town. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Twenty-seven members of the New Canaan Beautification League gathered together May 11 at the home of Libby Butterworth to assemble the 207 hanging baskets now adorning lampposts throughout downtown New Canaan.

This year’s baskets contain pink dragon-wing begonias, white petunias and a new variety this year -- the petchoa. The petchoa is a hybrid cross between a petunia and a calibrachoa and exhibits the best features of both flowers.

After all the baskets were planted under the guidance of league co-chairs Libby Butterworth, Sara Hunt and Eileen Boehme, men from the Department of Public Works picked them up in town trucks and hung them on lampposts the following day. These men included Walt Jaykus, Jimmy Peck, John Mitchell and Highway Superintendent Mose Saccary.

As part of the collaborative project, town employees will water the baskets three times a week throughout the summer.

Money for the flowers and baskets was raised by the New Canaan Beautification League’s Annual Appeal, as well as other fundraising activities.

The hanging baskets are just one of the many projects the league engages in to enhance the charm of the town.

The New Canaan Beautification League is a nonprofit organization with membership open to all. For more information about its free monthly programs, other horticultural projects or membership, please click here .

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