Planters and buckets

Bucket at the corner of Nason & Main

For much of its history, MCG has had a program in place involving downtown “buckets” and welcome planters.  The buckets were purchased by the town with a grant from Stratus Technologies.  We now have more than 30 half-barrel recycled plastic containers located throughout the downtown Maynard area, which are planted with annuals and some perennials every year.

The welcome planters consist of five “Welcome to Maynard” signs and large stone planters full of shrubs and perennials, located on the main roads into town.

MCG spends a good portion of our annual budget (over $40 per bucket) on purchasing soil, plants, and other supplies. In addition, the buckets themselves cost about $50 each, and MCG has replaced broken ones and purchased additional ones over the last few years. The funds for the buckets come from the general funds of the garden club, which is supported mainly by membership dues, proceeds from our annual plant sale, and donations.

These buckets and planters are tended by dedicated volunteers who, during the summer, often have to water every day! We greatly appreciate their work.

We’d also like to thank the Maynard Department of Public Works for their assistance every year in setting out all the buckets at the beginning of the season and collecting them at the end (not to mention storing them at the town barn for us during the winter!).

In addition, we appreciate the businesses, organizations, and individuals who have donated money or supplies toward the bucket program:

  • The Town of Maynard
  • The Rotary Club of Maynard
  • Little Pusan Restaurant, 83 Main Street
  • Art and Soul, 71 Main Street
  • Boston Bean House, 102 Main Street
  • Thai Chili, 40 Main Street
  • Call-a-Copy, 42 Summer Street
  • Stratus Technologies, 111 Powdermill Road
  • Many individuals who have contributed toward our “Have You Enjoyed the Downtown Buckets?” campaign
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If you’re interested in maintaining a bucket or planter, or contributing funds toward their maintenance, our buckets and planters committee chair can be reached through our contact form or by email.  Checks can be mailed to MCG at PO Box 522, Maynard, MA 01754.

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