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May 13. 2013 6:57PM

Pinkerton's palm

Pinkerton Academy in Derry the beneficiary of palm's prolific growth


Paul Jean of Pinkerton Academy and Randee Martin of the Derry Garden Club pose with the 30-year-old palm that Martin donated to the school. Jean and his crew installed the palm in the arboretum at the school's new Academy Building. (LAUREN MAURICE PHOTO)

DERRY - The annual Derry Garden Club's perennial plant sale will be held Saturday at the Masonic Temple in Derry, but there is one member's donation that will not be for sale.
It was a little too big.

Randee Martin, a member of the Derry Garden Club and its Civic Beautification chair, had a 30-year-old potted palm which had out grown her home on Dexter Street. She called Paul Jean at Pinkerton Academy who maintains all plantings at PA and asked if he could find a home for it in the new Academy Building.

During April vacation, Jean came to the Martin home with another member of the ground crew. Together, they managed to get the 6-foot-tall, 7-foot-wide palm into a truck and into the arboretum at the entrance to the building.

Martin, who is a substitute teacher at Pinkerton, said she is delighted that she will still be able to see her longtime friend that last winter had grown to the point that she and her husband, Roger, feared they might eventually need a machete to get into their living room.

The palm now has plenty of room to grow.


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