St Francis Guild
Contact Person: Norma Stancati
The St. Francis Gardeners (currently six strong) are not quite like other guilds—we have no by-laws, no agendas, no formal meetings, minutes or officers, not even an official budget. Unless rainy (and sometimes even if) we gather each Thursday morning between Spring and Fall clean-up days. We fertilize, mulch, plant, prune, rake, snip, split, sweep, transplant, trim, water and weed. We end each work morning with “Tea Time” and home-baked goodies.
Gardens at St. Luke’s take many forms and spread from the Park Street entrance to the East side of the building. The East side has been transformed from a shady area of hostas to a sunny area of lilies, knock-out roses and spiderwort—this due to the removal of several old and dying Hawthorne trees. The hostas have been re-located to other shadier areas. We have also planted knock-out roses near the office entrance of the building which has ramped up our color quotient considerably. Last fall we planted 65 lilies in the strip dividing our parking lot from that of the Ladies Library. We were able to extend the drip line to keep these plants watered which is a big help.
When long-time volunteer Charlie Large left we planted a tri-color European Beech tree in his honor and we have surrounded it with hosta, astilbe and hyndrageas to coordinate with the plantings on the East side of the walkway near the courtyard. As with other gardens ours is constantly being edited and revised to keep it looking lovely and welcoming to our members and guests.
We also oversee the Spring and Fall clean-up days when we seek members willing to come help with the major closing down and waking up the gardens. We are very grateful for any and all help we get so please consider joining us for any (or ALL) of our activities. Contributions are also gratefully accepted.