The Abington Community Garden at Hillside Park, South Abington Township, formerly Abington Area Community Park was a hub of activity for local gardeners and approximately 30 members of a group known as “Lowe’s Heroes” on July 25 and 27 as part of a “Lowe’s Days” event.
Lowe’s Distribution Center, Pittston, sent a group of their heroes to help gardeners spruce up the hillside garden located on Winola Road, adjacent to the Abington Senior Center. They also provided lunch and water for the crowd.
“What we like to do is go out into the community and identify areas that need some assistance. We have a Lowe’s project every year where we help out with local community activities and they chose the community garden this year,” said John Worthington, weekend operations manager of Pittston Lowe’s 1449. “We have our motto, which is, ‘Never stop improving.
“We went to a local store in the area (Dickson City) and they donated… edging and tools such as rakes, hoes and weed whackers,” he added. “They really look to invest in the community, which is really nice.”
Carolyn Crowley, garden founder and organizer, wrote and submitted a grant to the Lowe’s Home Improvement Corporation. When a manager at the distribution center contacted her, she said he told her,“he loves the project and the idea, and he would be happy to partner with us. It is a perfect match because we do have a lot of labor intensive hours that go into the garden.”
“When I submitted the grant, I never thought it was even a possibility,” she added, referring to more than $2,000 worth of garden tools, plants and materials donated by Lowe’s to the community garden.
Worthington said the Lowe’s team helped at Hillside Park by removing the old weed guard, weeding and laying new guard; mulching in the common (picnic) area; pressure washing outdoor lawn furniture and picnic tables; planting; digging a trench; and putting in cement dividers and edging.
Master Gardener and park volunteer Donna Zagrapan was one of the garden members pitching in at the Lowe’s Days event July 25 and served as co-organizer with Crowley.
“Many of the workers have a plot at the garden. Part of being a member at the garden is helping out and pitching in as a community. It’s a community garden and if you don’t want to help out as a community then you grow tomatoes in your backyard. But if you don’t have the kind of backyard where you can grow vegetables, you come here and work as a community to maintain the garden,” said Crowley.