, Gloucester, MA


May 25, 2013

Letter: Planning for better Grant Circle garden design

To the editor:

Knowing that the combined Garden Clubs of Cape Ann — Rockport, Annisquam and Gloucester — had filed a request with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to design, plant, and maintain the green space at Grant Circle, and that former Rockporter Peter Perthou had been in charge of the space for several years, as I made my way down the line to have work done at the Subaru dealership in Wakefield, I glanced at the space as I drove by.

Sure enough, it was a few flowers hiding among beds of weeds. Taking my copy of the Times with me, I was astounded to read his letter outlining his many years of good work with gardens on Cape Ann (letters, the Times, Thursday, May 23).

Surely, I thought, he isn’t talking about Grant Circle; how could it be the same sad scene that I had looked at only minutes before?

On my way back to Rockport I circled Grant Circle several times — much to the consternation of fellow drivers — and concluded, once again, that there is a better way to do things.

Solid design, soil preparation, and perhaps most importantly maintenance, are the keystones of success for public gardens, but it seems these words are simply not in Mr. Perthou’s vocabulary.

I am in hopes that the Cape Ann collaborative of garden clubs will be successful in being granted their request, and that Grant Circle will be a welcoming sight for Cape Ann visitors and residents.



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