2023 Marathon: David Adlestein for Hopkinton Garden Club

Above: A Southborough resident is using the 2023 Boston Marathon to raise funds for a community organization in a neighboring town. (photo cropped from fundraising page)

[The Boston Marathon always includes a pack of runners from our town.  Between now and Patriots Day, I’m featuring stories of resident runners donning bibs for a cause]

Southborough’s David Adlestein is running his second Boston Marathon. He has chosen a local charity to support in honor of his late grandfather Murray Lubowitz.

Murray owned a local floral business throughout my childhood, and I have fond memories watching him work in his home garden. My affiliation with the Hopkinton Garden Club helps me to carry on his love of all things flowers, plants, and natural beauty.

​The Hopkinton Garden Club, affiliate of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, is a 501c3 non-profit . Their mission is to promote and teach gardening, horticulture, and floral design; to develop and encourage community spirit through town beautification; and to assist, promote, and contribute to town conservation efforts.

Gardening is more than just the beautiful flowers that can be set in a bouquet on a kitchen counter or hung from a front porch. Plants are a sign of love, like in a wedding ceremony (my wife and I did this at our wedding!); hope, when delivered in a hospital; happiness, when gifted as a sign of congratulations; and overall appreciation for life when given for just about any other occasion.

My hope in supporting the Hopkinton Garden Club is that the members can continue to expand upon all the initiatives that bring happiness, beauty, and education to all those in the community to enjoy.

To support the fundraiser, click here. To learn more about the non-profit, click here. (And if you are interested in Gardening clubs, you may want to check out Southborough Gardener’s Books in Bloom exhibit at the Library.)

[Note: If you are a Southborough resident using the Marathon to raise funds/awareness for a cause, please reach out with your information. Email mysouthborough@gmail.com.]

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