Bristol Blooms in red, white and blue

From left to right, Barbara McGarry, Martha Fitting, Summer Karney, Susan O’Donnell, Melinda Birs, Jackie Cranwell, Nancy Stratton, and Susan Maloney hold the first of many flower baskets to adorn Hope Street. Missing in photo are Bristol Bloom members Stan Dimock and Diane Holt. From left to right, Barbara McGarry, Martha Fitting, Summer Karney, Susan O’Donnell, Melinda Birs, Jackie Cranwell, Nancy Stratton, and Susan Maloney hold the first of many flower baskets to adorn Hope Street. Missing in photo are Bristol Bloom members Stan Dimock and Diane Holt.

From left to right, Barbara McGarry, Martha Fitting, Summer Karney, Susan O’Donnell, Melinda Birs, Jackie Cranwell, Nancy Stratton, and Susan Maloney hold the first of many flower baskets to adorn Hope Street. Missing in photo are Bristol Bloom members Stan Dimock and Diane Holt.

From left to right, Barbara McGarry, Martha Fitting, Summer Karney, Susan O’Donnell, Melinda Birs, Jackie Cranwell, Nancy Stratton, and Susan Maloney hold the first of many flower baskets to adorn Hope Street. Missing in photo are Bristol Bloom members Stan Dimock and Diane Holt.

With help from Bristol Blooms, Hope Street is a little more festive for this year’s Fourth of July celebration.

On Friday, June 28, volunteers from the group Bristol Blooms delivered eight hanging baskets with floral arrangements  to the intersection of Hope and State streets. There, Roger Belmore, a worker for the town’s department of public works, helped hang two baskets on four poles around the intersection.

“Flowers make all the difference in the world,” said Melinda Birs, a member of the group who helped spearhead the beautification effort.

With support from the town, DPW crews installed iron rods on the poles to support the baskets. Over time, Bristol Blooms will hold fund-raising events, including an “Adopt-a-lantern Bloomraiser” for their endeavors. The group’s goal is to hang baskets on all 126 lanterns along Hope Street’s downtown section in 2014.

Honorary chairmen Joan Brito, Edward Castro, Ann DeLeo and Don Fales are looking for local citizens and businesses to adopt a lantern for $150 (two baskets) or a half-pole (one basket) for $75. The donation covers the cost of the baskets, brackets, flowers, soil and watering.

Anyone interested in adopting a lantern basket or donating to help fund the group’s efforts can contact Susan Maloney at 396-9252.

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