Its officially spring, and the City of Gardens once again is planning to beautify the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods with hanging baskets.
The hanging flower baskets have become a wonderful source of enjoyment for community residents and visitors alike. Since the program began in 1999, the program has expanded considerably.
Nineteen experimental baskets were placed in a variety of highly visible locations in 1999. This year the City of Gardens expects to hang nearly 200 baskets.
One of the new locations for the program is the Mid Town District along Swedish American Way.
These baskets enhance the natural beauty of our downtown neighborhoods and help to create a sense of civic pride, said Ruth Miller, program director for the City of Gardens. Visitors and residents love them.
A variety of flowers will be incorporated into this years baskets to delight us throughout the season.
The hanging basket program is sustained through generous donations of $125 per basket.
The cost is a good value considering the amount covers the cost of the basket, liners, planting, and watering, said Miller. Maintaining their beauty throughout the summer is a challenge. Many of the baskets require daily watering because of extreme temperatures, Miller added.
Donations may be sent to the City of Gardens, Rockford Park District Foundation, 1401 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107. Donors will be recognized at the Rockford in Bloom awards dinner held in the fall. Citizens interested in learning more about the City of Gardens should contact 987-1689.
The City of Gardens is a program of the Rockford Park District Foundation. The City of Gardens Hanging Basket Program recently received a $1,250 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in support of the program.