Many thanks to VIS for 101 years of flowers

To the editor:

For 101 years, the Village Improvement Society has brightened our lives with flowers and the maintenance of several parks, entirely with volunteer labor and contributions. In recent years, our downtown has benefitted from hanging baskets, whiskey barrels and planters over the trash containers. In addition, flowers are planted at the entry signs, in the Vest Pocket Park (next to the library) and the Triangle Garden on Pine Street, which also has an Herb Garden. Other parks which are maintained are Denny, Dorsey, Beaver and the Arboretum. Whew! And as if that is not enough for a very small organization, they have taken on spaces which are not their parks, including the NBT triangle, the Sears parking lot and the Welcome Garden, which was the subject of a recent letter to the editor by Dana Fast.

So many people have worked hard over the years, but I have to give special credit to Roger Steinbrueck of Scott’s Florist and Greenhouse, who has not only labored in many places and provided plants, but has been a mainstay in keeping the organization together.

Speaking of which, the organization is now in need of helping hands. What Joy Harvey and Dana did at the Welcome Garden was nothing short of miraculous. In a very difficult space (triangle of Route 86 and Old Colby Road), inundated with sand and salt every winter, they created a lovely garden. You don’t have to take on a whole garden, or one as difficult as that. But if you think you can help out, with your efforts or funds, please call or email Bobbie Karp at 518-524-1268,

I also want to give thanks to all those who maintain lovely areas in their front yards or in public spaces. Saranac Lake has many wonderful gardeners! Many, many thanks to all of you!

Nancy Murphy