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Main Street's award-winning beautification team spends thousands of hours per year to provide seasonal touches all over downtown, from hanging baskets to pumpkins to Christmas Trees.

The group has also taken on additional projects, such as the Tracy Park Christmas Light Display and the creation of a public courtyard at 535 Second Street


award-winning master gardener Sue Burke manages the committee that oversees downtown beautification

According to co-chair, Suzette Rhea, 

"Sue’s accomplishments with the Main Street Portsmouth Design Committee are astounding. She oversees and assists in the planting of 73 hanging baskets in our downtown area; 60 huge planters in front of businesses are decorated with beautiful flowers; ten urns in front of our murals have been filled with flowers; ten large planters adorn our city building and 6 at our county courthouse. Sue has also coordinated the grass-cutting to be privately maintained by Main Street Portsmouth at Alexandria Park and the Esplanade, along with the watering of all hanging baskets, pots, and gardens.

She silently donates significant amounts of money towards these projects and others. This year, Sue has also raised enough money for ten benches, which were $1,700 each. Four of these benches were placed in front of our murals and six in Tracy Park.

Sue also oversees the maintenance of Alexandria Park, the Roy Rogers Esplanade, The Fourth Street Parking Lot flower beds, and the 1810 House Museum grounds."

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