In 1990, MaryAnne Conaway and Ann Desmarais convinced the Department of Public Works to strip the land at the triangular intersection now known as the South Triangle.
The Conaway and Demaris families brought soil and plantings to the area. A roadside garden began to develop. From across the road the Brockway family had a granite obelisk installed with a wooden Ponemah sign on top. Every year, MaryAnne Conway would remove the plastic flowers and add more perennials.
Around 2000, the Chamberlain family planted the Callery pear tree in memory of Marylou Chamberlain. The Amherst Garden Club began to develop a garden team under MaryAnne’s leadership. In 2012 a plaque was placed in memory of MaryAnne Conaway. The South Triangle is now known as “MaryAnne’s Garden”. The garden is on Route 122 as the road goes south towards Hollis. The last “Welcome to Amherst” sign has joined this garden. Perennials and bulbs surround the old “Ponemah” sign.
Current Lead: Dawn Burke
Past Leads: Trese Gilligan, Annemarie Turcotte, MaryAnne Conaway