Volunteers plant flowers on new Main Street

City and Park District workers help Michelle Gearhart-Minick (right) plant flowers along the new Main Street July 1. Photo by Frank Schier

From press release

Nearly 750 perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses and climbing vines were planted July 1 in eight landscape planter boxes, at the base of 10 festival poles and in planting beds along the re-opened Main Street in the downtown Rockford River District. An additional 1,684 bulbs (tulips and daffodils) will be planted in the fall.

Almost $5,000 was raised to purchase the plants. Donations came from downtown business owners, organizations and individuals.

City of Rockford, Rockford Park District, Angela de la Uz of ADV Enterprises and CMM Landscapers volunteered staff to install the plants. ADV, CMM and Meridian Landscaping provided the plants at wholesale cost.

The following businesses, organizations and individuals donated funds to purchase the plants: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; City of Gardens, a program of the Rockford Park District Foundation; Fridh Corporation (owner of Stewart Square); Octane; The Element; Fuzz Salon; Rockford Chamber of Commerce; J.R. Kortman Center for Design; Trekk Cross-Media; Rockford Ald. Doug Mark (R-3) and his wife, Sally. Small signs will be installed in the planted areas noting the names of the companies, organizations and individuals that donated to the effort.

From the July 7-13, 2010 issue

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