GIB to hold planting day

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis in Bloom will soon be holding its signature planting day which serves as a cornerstone of the group’s gardening activities before being judged later in the month by visiting America in Boom representatives in the national competition.

According to GIB Volunteer Coordinator Kim Canaday, the public is invited to visit the Gallipolis City Park Clock this coming Saturday on Second Avenue at 9 a.m. for a plant exchange. Those who wish to take plants or bring plants to be traded are welcome to do so. GIB only asks the plants actually be used. At 10 a.m., volunteers will visit the various planting areas throughout the city to finish landscaping within a roughly two hour period. Afterwards, they are welcome to attend a lunch. Participants will receive a t-shirt and a certificate.

Canaday emphasized volunteer support had been one of GIB’s highest scoring areas as it was judged during the America in Bloom competition over the last two years.

Arbor Day will be observed Friday in the park at 11 a.m. with the city planting a tree. Gallia Soil and Water District will be assisting.

“We’ll use big wave petunias in hanging baskets this year,” said Canaday. “The ground containers we’re adding some really fun stuff like sweet potato vine which is a really big favorite. Well it grows a sweet potato but you don’t want to eat it. It has lime green foliage and trailing leaves. We’re using some baby’s breath and we’re using trailing begonias in the hanging baskets in the interior of the (City Park). We’re using some caladiums in the small planters.”

Monday, GIB and local Boy Scout Troop #200 broke ground on a pollinator garden at GIB’s organic garden on Fourth Avenue. Funds for the project were provided through a grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio through AEP Access to Environmental Education. Area civic groups also contributed money to the total of $2,000 for the project. Isaiah Stinson is helping with the pollinator garden as it also serves as an Eagle Scout project.

The pollinator garden is filled with varying vegetation which is meant to attract and sustain butterflies and bees.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright