---- — The owner of Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Georgeanne Richards, has been dreaming of sunflowers planted around Essex for years — now her dream may come true.
On Wednesday, the Essex Elementary School Student Council, Cape Ann Tree Service Inc., Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Corliss Wholesale and the Essex Merchants Group will be participating in “Just Don’t Stand There— Plant Something.”
Some activities for the day include a Parade for Plants, planting around the Harbor Master’s Shed and the distribution of sunflower seeds for planting all throughout Essex, as well an information talk on growing sunflowers.
Besides being big and pretty, sunflowers attract stinkbugs, keeping them away from other plants, attract bees, feed wildlife, and remove toxins from the ground.
The event kicks off at the Harbor Master’s Shed, on the waterfront at the Town Landing at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Residents are invited to join this program by simply showing up ready to plant and have fun in the dirt.
The Massachusetts Landscape and Nursery Association in partnership with the Massachusetts Flower Growers Association have teamed up to introduce the “Plant Something” initiative to help the community learn about plants, why they are important to the environment and how easy it is to add them to your home and landscape.
More information is available at www.plantsomethingma.org/May15, Plant Something MA on Facebook, or by calling Cape Ann Tree at 978-768-7700, or stopping by Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens at 7 Main St.
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is hosting its annual Mother’s Day Auction tonight at 6:30 at the Manchester American Legion Hall. This year’s theme is summer beach party so wear your best summer garb. Tickets are $25 each and include a buffet dinner, wine & cheese tasting, cash bar and silent and live auctions hosted by state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester.
Proceeds go toward scholarships for graduating Manchester and Essex seniors as well as local community service projects in Essex and Manchester. For tickets and further information contact President Michael Gray at 978-500-660
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