Gardening the Healthy Way

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Evidence is all around town: The Suffield Garden Club takes on beautification projects large and small to keep our town looking its best. “We work hard, and we like to get our hands dirty!” said Club President Marie Gauthier. “But we strive for safety at all times,” added outgoing President Connie Murray. “This includes safety by roadsides as well as care when lifting, digging and raking.”

Photo provided by Lisa Parker
Melissa Morin, front right, assists Suffield Garden Club members to spread mulch at the Phelps-Hatheway House HGarden.

Thus, earlier this summer, Melissa Morin, a physical therapist from Integrated Rehabilitation joined Garden Club volunteers in the Phelps-Hatheway gardens to observe, offer suggestions for better body mechanics and demonstrate strengthening exercises, all designed to help the team work smarter and reduce strain and risk of injury.

“It’s very satisfying to drive through town and see the fruits of our labor,” said another member. “We want to be physically able to keep doing this for a long time.”

The Suffield Garden Club, organized in 1934, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of Suffield. To become a member or to learn more, visit

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