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Upper Merion Twp. Gets Gift of 30,000 Flower Bulbs For Its 300th Anniversary

(Richard McDonough, left, of "America Responds With Love" runs down his group's gift of 30,000 flower bulbs to Upper Merion Township.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

(Richard McDonough, left, of “America Responds With Love” runs down his group’s gift of 30,000 flower bulbs to Upper Merion Township. Credit: Steve Tawa)

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By Steve Tawa

UPPER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — When spring blooms, Upper Merion Township will flourish, thanks to a gift in celebration of the town’s 300th anniversary.

Greg Waks, chair of Upper Merion Township’s board of supervisors (second from right in photo), says they’ll put the King of Prussia Mall’s bountiful donation of 30,000 flower bulbs to good use in various neighborhoods: “Everywhere in Upper Merion Township — like King of Prussia, Gulph Mills, Swedeland, Swedesburg, Valley Forge, and portions of Wayne.”

Richard McDonough, of the Valley Forge-based nonprofit “America Responds With Love” (at left in photo), says they will be planting seven varieties of bulbs, which will not only bloom this spring but return year after year.  The varieties include tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses.

As for the flowers going in the ground in public parks, schools, and along roadways, McDonough tells KYW Newsradio, “Frankly, it depends on how neighborly our friends are — the deer and the squirrels.” 

Apparently, squirrels like digging up tulips because they look like acorns, and the deer think they’re nice appetizers.

 

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