Colonial Garden Club decorates Hollis for holidays

The town of Hollis recently was graced with a festive spirit with holiday wreaths and garlands placed courtesy of the Hollis Colonial Garden Club.

The greens adorning Town Hall, the library, Monument Park, Wheeler House, and the police and fire departments each December are created and hung by the members of the club. This has been an annual tradition for many years. In fact, the Colonial Garden Club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016.

When the club was organized in 1966, it was the desire and intent of the founders to provide a forum where knowledge as well as the joys of gardening could be shared. Surrounded by the natural beauty of New England, the club has been dedicated to helping maintain and enhance the beauty of Hollis.

In addition to holiday decorating, each spring the club establishes plantings throughout the town. From the urns in front of Town Hall to Monument Square, the town pump, Wheeler House and the library, all are abloom in season thanks to the dedication of many Colonial Garden Club members.

The club welcomes new members at any time of the year. Meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the Lawrence Barn. Its next regular meeting will be held Feb. 2 and will feature a program on "Gardening and Landscaping for Pollinators."