With thanks to the Franklin Garden Club, the beautiful plantings at Clock Tower/Rankin Square have brought a huge splash of treasured green space into our downtown.
One acquaintance recently remarked that was one important reason she moved here, saying “that garden in the center of town made me just know this city cares about itself.” Yes! As important as parades and festivals and banners is the “looks of the place” that encourages people to want to slow down and stick around.
For years garden club members have diligently maintained and expanded the plantings to give residents and tourists alike, an uplifting sense of calm and natural beauty amid the pavement. And now they have created a certified NWF Wildlife Habitat at Clock Tower Square, showing that cities can purposely create space for wildlife, another example of “community caring.”