Dover blooms in local flower beds

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

DOVER — The warming weather means volunteers for the Joe Parks Community Garden will be back in full force, prepping and planting in flower beds.

Tuesday marks the first workday following the snowy winter, with a “potting party” scheduled to be held at Joe Parks’ house from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Although the work is picking up exactly where it left off, there is one major change the project, said Beth Fischer, who has been organizing the project.

The project, which was organized and run by Dover Main Street last year, is now being headed-up by the Ageless Dreamer Foundation following Dover Main Street’s recent decision to reorganize without an executive director and move out of its office.

Fischer said several of the volunteers are still coming from Dover Main Street, but the Ageless Dreamer Foundation has taken the project on as a special initiative.

Following Tuesday’s potting party, Fischer said work on the garden will continue every Saturday beginning April 26.

“Things are cracking in,” Fischer said. “We’ve got a lot of good volunteers but we could use some additional contributions.”

She said the project is specifically seeking somebody who will donate temporary use of a backhoe or tractor to haul heavy materials on Saturday mornings.

The project is also seeking volunteers for a range of purposes, including working in the garden, making food for the workers, helping with publicity or helping with the dedication ceremony, which will be held on June 18, Fischer said.

Anybody wishing to help can contact the Ageless Dreamer Foundation at (603) 988-3563 or email at