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Martinsburg Mayor's Bubblegum Petunias a Welcome Summer Sight

Inspiration Came from 'Greatest Generation' Resident


Rick Boston

Martinsburg Mayor Richard Brantner Sr. recently finished planting a little more than 200 Bubblegum petunias in front of his South Market Street home.

Summertime in the Cove means farmers working their fields, lush green rolling hills as far as the eye can see, and for travelers on South Market Street in Martinsburg, the pink hill of Supertunia Vista Bubblegum, commonly referred to as Bubblegum petunias, in front of the home of Mayor Richard Brantner Sr.

Every Spring, Brantner makes his rounds to Piney Creek Greenhouse, Brubaker Greenhouse and Spring Farm Greenhouse to purchase more than 200 Bubblegum petunias that when in full bloom, add a splash of pink to the surrounding greenery.

"I buy them here to support our local greenhouses," Bra...

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