Garden Club Invites Community to Participate in Festive Fall Decorating

Plant sale Sat. Oct. 8, 9 AM - noon at Town Hall

By Mary Lou McCrave

It’s harvest time! Trees in apple orchards are dripping with ripe red fruit, and pumpkins the color of bright orange sunsets are just waiting to be harvested! And in Andover, the Fourth Annual Scarecrow and Pumpkinheads All Around Town is off to a great start with scarecrows popping up around town.

The Andover Garden Club invites all businesses and residents to join in this exhibition of community unity and have some festive fall fun decorating our town with creative displays of scarecrow pumpkinheads. There is no specific theme; the only limitation is your imagination! But if you do need some inspiration, simply go to YouTube for some great tutorials. 

Be sure to email photos of your display to, and your creation will be posted on the Club’s Facebook page. Let’s get at it, the sooner the better to enjoy some fall spirit and family fun!

Fall is an ideal time to plant most perennials – especially in bare root form – when the soil is still warm, giving roots enough time to get properly established for a strong healthy start the following spring. For these reasons, the Club has selected fall for its annual Plant Sale. 

Funds raised will benefit the Town’s Four Season Beautification Program. The seasonal displays include colorful hanging floral plantings in summer; scarecrow pumpkinheads in fall; greenery and bright red ribbons adorning street signs in winter; and cheerful yellow daffodils in spring.

This fall, and for others to follow, you’ll see Club members planting hundreds of King Alfred daffodils along Andover’s Main Street for a spectacular display of spring color. Did you know that daffodils symbolize friendship and new beginnings? 

We hope that you will support the Club’s new beginnings and purchase your bulbs and other plants on Saturday, October 8. We’ll be set up by the perennial border on the roadside of the Town Office from 9 AM to noon. Complimentary cider and donuts will be provided. 

Stop by and say hello, purchase a raffle ticket for one of Anne Seabourne’s hand-painted barn quilts, and take home some healthy, beautiful plants.