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Flowers go up at Hwy. 22 and Howard Burton

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6:06 am

As the lunchtime spring sun gently warmed them, a pair of women patiently worked the dirt, pulled the weeds and tended the newly-blooming flowers.

Driver honked and waved at Karen Davis and Denise Hatfield of the Centralia Flower and Garden club were working to bring back a bit of floral beauty to the triangular flower garden at the intersection of Highway 22 and Centralia’s Howard Burton Street.

Karen Davis pauses with a handful of weeds as she works the flower garden at the intersection of Howard Burton and Hwy. 22 on Centralia’s north side.

“We just hope that bringing a little bit of beauty to Centralia will be contagious and inspire others to do the same,” Hatfield said, pausing from pulling Hen Pennies, tiny purple-flowering weeds from around the edges of the flower beds. “A little beauty never hurt anybody.”

Davis said she was doing it because gardening was good for her and good for the community.

“Flowers make you smile and we can always use more smiles,” the retired cosmetologist and purchasing agent for the University Hospital said. “It’s also good for my back.”

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.