Bayley Beach

– Ellen Duggins, Chair

P1080249Bayleyplanter2_2014_Jlarocque_ppemailAs well as filling the planters each year, the Gardeners have been planting at the beach since 1956.

In 2006, as a gift to the community, the Gardeners established a berm of boulders and raised beds to screen and protect the picnic area from the parking lot. The rocks and dune effect replicates the rock outcroppings that appear off the beach at low tide.

In 2009, with a grant from the 6th Taxing District, flower beds were established in front of the flagpole. In addition to yearly planting and maintenance of the established plantings, rejuvenation of the beds around the flagpole is a continuing project.

The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 was particularly devastating to the entire beach area and work is ongoing to restore the berm and beds. Thanks to Gardener Karen Laroque and her husband Gerry, a beautiful new planter was installed at the beach in 2014. Ongoing efforts include planting of beach hardy and appropriate grasses, roses and the like to minimize maintenance and provide naturalized berms.