|Downtown BG will bloom with color this week|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 21 May 2010 11:26|
The hanging baskets placed Monday were the first wave of a wash of color that will lighten the heart of downtown Bowling Green this summer. Designed by Sue Wolf, Sharon Pahl and the Downtown BG landscape committee, plants were grown by Wolf's Blooms and Berries, and hung as a public service by Tony Kramp of Allseasons Lawn & Landscape.
The next wave will go up on the wall at the former site of Rail Billiards on Saturday, courtesy of Noreen Overholt, Bowling Green City Schools art teacher. It is artwork of stylized flower and leaf shapes designed by Crim Elementary sixth-grader Nick Wagner, and painted by fifth-grade students from Crim and Milton elementaries. The artwork will be installed at 145 N. Main Street at 9:30 a.m. by Overholt, her students, and the Downtown BG staff.
The rest of the downtown plants will go in on Tuesday, courtesy of members of the BGSU University Women, the BG Woman's Club, and several individual volunteers organized by Sandy Wicks The volunteers will convene at Grounds for Thought at 8 a.m. The large pots that punctuate the sidewalks in the downtown will echo the plantings in the hanging baskets.
The color palette is primarily pastels this year: pink, blue, yellow and purple. The plants include geraniums, rudbeckia, million bells, petunias, streptocarpus, vinca vine, cordyline, and rubrum grasses, which are being donated by Barb Rothrock of Calico, Sage, & Thyme, which is teaming with Grounds to donate thank you gifts for the planting volunteers. Wolf's has donated a portion of the cost of the plantings.
"Whenever we talk to people about their impressions of Bowling Green, they always mention how much they like the way the downtown looks in the summer with the beautiful flowers," said Downtown BG Director Barbara Ruland. "It's a real example of the power of community spirit, because we wouldn't be able to do this without help from many members of the community. "
Downtown BG will be relying on volunteers to help maintain the flower pots and raised beds. Interested persons should call (419) 354-4332.
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