The Gift of Zinnias

As a boy growing up in Jackson, Miss., Sandwich resident Scott Cook loved gardening and working in his mother’s flower beds. “I remember how excited we were to learn we could plant old rusty nails around the hydrangeas to raise the acidity level, making the colors more blue,” says Cook. Six years ago, Cook decided to share his love of gardening with the community by planting zinnias in front of the Sandwich Print Shop on Route 6A. Cook says he plants 1,500 to 2,000 seeds in the ground around Memorial Day and the flowers bloom from July through early October. He has continued the tradition every year because he has received an overwhelmingly positive response from residents and visitors alike. “I have met so many lovely people thanking me for the beautiful zinnias while tending to the flowers along Route 6A,” says Cook. “It is a contribution I enjoy as a gift to our community.”

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