ShareThis Page

Irwin Garden Club takes on park project

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Sandy Busch Cup, Phyllis Lewis, Bonnie McConnell, Diane Kowalski, Peggy O'Neal, Bette Rodibaugh and Warren Gardner of the Irwin Garden Club pose near a sign in Irwin Park.

A handful of members of the Irwin Garden Club transformed a grassy patch near the Irwin Park entrance into a vibrant, eye-catching display.

“It's turning out so beautiful,” Diane Kowalski, club president, said. “When you first plant everything, it's small. Now things are getting bigger.”

The 70-member club, which already is tasked with weeding the butterfly garden near the Norwin Public Library, as well as several islands around the borough, was looking for a different project. Kowalski said she was thrilled when council asked the club to spruce up the park.

At first, the area was nothing more than a wooden sign in a plot of grass.

Kowalski said the group wanted to choose plants that could handle the sun's constant rays and would be easy to maintain. They picked out roses and perennials; a local greenhouse donated a boulder.

Ryan Hickey, the son of one of the members, brought in a bulldozer to tear up the group for the group. After the group cleared away coal, Kowalski said, members spread topsoil and went to work.

“We wanted plants and bushes and shrubs that would take full sun because that area gets sun all day,” she said. “It's something that we do maintain, but I didn't want something that would be invasive and take over.”

As the group worked digging up dirt and spreading mulch, Kowalski said, several people stopped to admire the progress. One man, who said he was a Lions' Club member, even wrote out a check to pay for the mulch.

“It was really rewarding doing because people going by would be so thankful,” she said.

The group raised money for the project through a plant sale but also counted on donations from local businesses.

“So many people contributed without hesitation,” Kowalski said. “It just gave us a great feeling to know that they do care about their community.”

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.