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For more years than one can count, Farmington's Garden Council, along with the city's three garden clubs, have banded together to beautify the downtown area with spring flowers as a service to the community.

Garden Council President Debbie Eck and members of the Nancy Weber Garden Club, Evening Primrose Garden Club, 25 Gardeners Garden Club and the Flora Garden Club took part Tuesday in the annual planting of the Long Hall urns, St. Francois County Courthouse and annex pots. In addition, for the first time ever, the green thumbed ladies placed flower boxes at the Farmington Library.

"We get the plants from Chad Follis at the Mineral Area College Agriculture Department and then we plant them," said Eck. Of course, the city and county reimburses us for that and then we maintain them through the summer by taking turns watering."

Asked why the clubs come together each year to beautify downtown Farmington, Eck said, "It helps the look of the city, and after all, we're garden clubs!"

As for as adding the Farmington Library to their planting plan, Eck explained that Follis and City Administrator Greg Beavers approached the council about it.

"They've always had wildflowers here and it didn't look the best that it could look," she said. "We're trying for the first time this year to put the plants here."

Eck said plans are for the clubs to continue taking part in the practice of planting downtown for years to come.

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Kevin R. Jenkins is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or kjenkins@farmingtonpressonline.com

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