MaryAnne’s Garden was first created in 1990 when MaryAnne Conaway and Ann Desmarais convinced the Amherst Department of Public Works to strip the land at the triangular intersection of Route 122 and Old Nashua Road. They brought in soil and plantings, and a roadside garden was born.
It is a casual garden, without irrigation, filled with durable, low-maintenance favorites such as purple cone flower, bearded and siberian iris, tall sedum (‘Autumn Joy’ and ‘Neon’), liatris, russian sage, monkshood, artemesia, blue fescue, and Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Hortensia’ — a yellow flower that grows 6 feet in tall!
The granite obelisk with wooden “Ponemah” sign on top was added by the Brockway family who once lived across the street. Later, in 2000, a Callery pear tree was planted by the Chamberlain family in memory of Marylou Chamberlain.
In 2018, a granite block from the historic Mack Hill bridge was placed under the pear tree to provide a shady resting spot for weary gardeners.