Ways to help the Bridge of Flowers

Blossom Brigade

Volunteers from the community, calling themselves the Blossom Brigade, work on the gardens of the Bridge under the supervision of the Head Gardener, Carol DeLorenzo, and the Assistant Gardener, Elliston Bingham. These volunteer gardeners work as often as they can. The two-hour work sessions take place twice weekly, beginning in April and continuing through October, on Wednesday evenings, 5:00-7:00 p.m., and on Friday mornings at seasonally adjusted times: April, 10 a.m.-noon; May, September, and October, 9:00-11:00 a.m.; June, July, and August,  8:00-10:00 a.m. Instructions to Blossom Brigade members are given by email from the Head Gardener. New helpers are welcome. Prior gardening experience is not required. For more information about joining the Blossom Brigade, contact us.

 

Plant Sale

The latest annual Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale was held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 on the Baptist Corner Green (corner of Main and Water streets), from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Masks and social distancing regulations were observed. Plants for sale included a variety of species dug from the Bridge itself as well as from local gardens.

Donating

Visitors are encouraged to express their appreciation for the Bridge by making a donation. Donation boxes are located at both entrances to the Bridge and you may also donate online.

 

Friends Organization

The Bridge of Flowers has an annual giving program called Friends of the Bridge. Each year, a copy of the annual report is sent out to people who have self-identified as a “Friend” of the Bridge, soliciting a donation for the year. Donations support the general operating budget for the Bridge and keep the gardens blooming for all to enjoy. Donations are acknowledged publicly by listing the donors’ names on the Friends’ Tree at the Bridge, on the Friends page of this website, and in the annual report. Donations to the Bridge of Flowers are tax deductible. Become a Friend of the Bridge of Flowers.

Giving in Memory or in Honor of Someone

(View the current lists of Memorial Gifts and donations made In Honor Of.)

 

The Bridge of Flowers has given pleasure and joy to many people over the years. Because we receive so many memorial requests, and because the Bridge is so small, we cannot accept requests for plaques, or any other named permanent memorial elements.

 

As an alternative, donations in any amount are welcome from individuals who wish to give in memory of a loved one, or to honor someone. The names of those being memorialized or honored are displayed on the kiosk at the Buckland entrance to the Bridge, for the year in which the donation is received and in the year following as well. The names are also included in the Bridge’s annual report and in the Memorial Gifts and In Honor Of pages on this website.

 

If several gifts are made for a single person, that name appears only once on the list. In all cases, thank you notes from the Bridge of Flowers committee are sent to the donors and, in the case of memorials and honoraria, to the family of the person being memorialized or honored. No amount is cited in these notes.

 

Memorial Gifts and gifts In Honor Of can be sent to:
P.O. Box 335
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
or by making a donation online.