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Celebrate Needham's Pansy Month with the Needham Historical Society

Posted by Evan Allen  April 4, 2012 01:08 PM

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It’s officially Pansy Month in Needham! Pansies, the official flower of Needham, will be on sale starting April 6 at the Needham Historical Society in celebration of April, which is Pansy Month.

The flowers will be on sale at the Society’s headquarters at 1147 Central Avenue from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day until April 20. Pansies are $3.50 for a six-plant flat. All proceeds will go to benefit the Needham Historical Society.

The botanical celebration will bloom with the Historical Society’s Pansy Festival on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be pansies, planting workshops, herbs, perennials, gifts, books and a bake sale. Kids can join in a coloring contest and a scavenger hunt.

According to the Historical Society, pansies were grown in Needham for the flower markets in the late 19th century. Needham even had a “Pansy King” – Swiss botanist Denys Zirngiebel – who grew prize-winning pansies for decades and sold his plants and seeds all over the country.

For more information, call Gloria Greis, Needham Historical Society’s Executive Director, at 781-455-8860 or go to www.needhamhistory.org.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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