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Pierce Memorial Garden Dedicated

Palmer previews site at rain-soaked ceremony.

It was all she ever wanted.

Pat "Peggy Lynn" Pierce, a longtime resident and radio host, loved flowers.

So when the township was seeking donations to help build the at 4100 Green Pond Road, Pierce answered the call: She would give money for a garden only after her passing.

On Thursday afternoon, Pierce's wish was granted when township officials dedicated the garden during a rain-soaked ceremony before about 25 onlookers, including township supervisors Dave Colver and Bob Lammi and township manager Christopher Christman.

"We'll remember this for a long time," supervisors chairman Colver said. "This is the largest donation the township has ever received."

The garden is to the right of the community center, facing bustling Route 22.

It features numerous plants, shrubs and flowers, a water fountain and a plaque in honor of Pierce.

The plaque states: "Pierce Memorial Garden given by Ted and Pat "Peggy Lynn" Pierce, Palmer residents and legends in local history, of radio station WEST, 2011."

"Pat loved Palmer Township and she loved flowers," said Vangie Sweitzer, executor of the Pierce estate. "She wanted to make a contribution, a bequest of the garden and its maintenance."

The garden was put together over the summer after three years of planning, Sweitzer said. She said Pat, who died in May 2008, worked in radio for 29 years.

Colver acknowledged Pierce's presence at the ceremony, stating, "Those above are shedding tears of thanks to those involved."

Colver said Pierce initially gave a $50,000 donation. But then he discovered that Pierce had also planned to cover costs for future maintenance, a figure far exceeding $100,000.

"We will never have to use taxpayer money to maintain it," he said.

He said the garden is a marvel that township residents will cherish for years to come.

"I said 'wow' when I first saw it," Colver stated. "What you see today is a combination of a lot of hard work and effort."

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