Class of 1957 Member's Gift Is A Real Treat for the Eyes

Class of 1957 Member's Gift Is A Real Treat for the Eyes

Linden Lane, Boston College's venerable campus road, got a little special treatment as part of its annual sprucing-up for Commencement - and the eye-pleasing results will be around for years to come.

Paul Mahoney Sr., '57, donated thousands of plants and flowers to the University this spring from his Winchester nursery, the flagship of the seven Mahoney's Garden Centers in Massachusetts. Last week, BC landscapers began planting Mahoney's multi-hued donations, worth approximately $29,000, along Linden Lane and throughout the campus for Alumni Weekend and Commencement.

In addition, Mahoney has agreed to make a similar donation in future years.

University administrators called Mahoney's offering a unique and heartfelt gift, one that appropriately expressed his bond with Boston College. Mahoney's business began as a small vegetable stand while an undergraduate, and all six of his children - Paul Jr., Peter, Susan, Tom, Michael and Lauren - graduated from BC before joining the family business.

"We are grateful to Paul for his great generosity," said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "The Facilities Services staff also deserve praise for working so hard to get the flowers planted in time for Commencement."

"Paul is, if you'll pardon the expression, a very well-grounded man," said Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre. "He's built a fantastic business and he does high-quality work. But they are such a wonderful family, and BC is fortunate to have them as part of our alumni family."

Mahoney, who has made many horticultural donations to BC over the years, said, "Our annuals are getting better and better each year, so I thought it would be a nice idea to donate some.

"I look at it as an opportunity to do something for the University in my own way. Some people donate money, and it goes to concrete and bricks and mortar. I wanted to give something that is really beautiful to look at, that people can appreciate in a different way."

-Sean Smith
Paul Mahoney Sr. with some of the flowers and plants he recently donated to the University. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)


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