Residents grow flowers, friendship

Mary Fish (left) and Cornelia Scarborough with friend Zoey admire the lilies that they planted at the Fellow Town residence in Wellsboro where they live.

WELLSBORO — A friendship between two residents of Fellow Town Residence has blossomed as they have planted gardens around the building.

The apartment complex on Charleston Street here is abloom with perennials and annuals. There are azaleas, lilacs, hens and chicks, marigolds, lupines, impatiens, gladiolus, Sweet William, geraniums, petunias and lilies. The lilies are especially beautiful this year, said residents, tall with multiple blossoms on each stalk.

The gardens are the work of Cornelia Scarborough and Mary Fish. It started when Scarborough moved into the residence. She was a flower lover, but Parkinson’s disease prevented her from gardening.

Fish had never been a gardener, but offered to help.

There were a few plants around the apartment complex, two azalea bushes, some hens and chicks, but the plot needed some tender loving care.

“So we pulled the weeds, found the dirt and planted,” said Fish.

Flowers came their way.

“It sounds like a friendship and garden were created simultaneously,” said this reporter.

“It is. It’s a very good friendship,” said Scarborough.

If the garden is an analogy for their friendship, it’s blossomed. The lilies are bountiful, the other flowers adding pops of color.

“Last year, the lilies did extremely well,” Scarborough said. “This year because of the rain, they slowed down a lot but the lilies are coming on now.”

Frost caught the azalea buds this year, eliminating their colorful flowering, said Fish.

Most mornings, you will find the pair and pet dog Zoey on the porch, mugs of coffee nearby, pulling some weeds, tending to the beds and chatting.

“I fertilize all the time and Mary waters,” said Scarborough.

In addition, cherry tomato plants are tucked behind a porch railing. More flowers and an angel statue decorate the top of a retaining wall behind the building, and they get some accolades for their work.

“People walk by and say ‘Oh my land, the flowers are beautiful,’” said Scarborough.

There are no plans to expand the garden, but Fish said the pair will continue to tend it.