GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis in Bloom attracted 62 planting volunteers Saturday morning at its annual plant exchange and community planting day.
The effort seeks to beautify parts of Gallipolis City Park, containers along streets as well as beds in the public access area along the Ohio River.
According to GIB volunteer coordinator Kim Canaday, four garden clubs appeared to help along with one Boy Scout troop, one 4-H group and the Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club. Canaday said only part of the beautification project was completed, with more planting on the way.
Members of the public were welcome to arrive and exchange plants with the beautification project in return for other plants or to come collect plants for their own planting purposes without making a trade.
Volunteers enlarged and cleared out the bed around the La Vue Premiere statue near the Public Use Area. According to Canaday, the man who used to take care of the landscaping around the statue moved and so the women’s club volunteered to take over the planting of that particular flower bed.
According to information provided by GIB, pole planters, flower towers, flowers on the Kerr Memorial, and bridge planters would hold Easy Wave Yellow, Blue and Pink Passion flowers to make large overflowing baskets that have become iconic of the nonprofit group’s planting efforts. Along with the addition of 16 pole planters on interior park walks, Solenia Pink Begonias and Trailing Pink Bacopas will hang in those containers. Large ground planters are holding elephant ears, and three different types of mounding petunia flowers, Yellow Trailing Lantana, Blue Trailing Scaevola and Pink Trailing Bacopa.
Smaller ground planters surrounding City Park and streets, as well as city building pots, the municipal pool and Canaday Park pots would hold Pink Gaura, more mixed mounding petunias, Yellow Trailing Lantana and Blue Trailing Scaevola.
Overall, 32 ground containers are being planted as well as 106 hanging pole baskets. Four large hanging baskets around the Ohio River Plaza will hold flowers as well as four large black pots as part of the flower towers on Second Avenue, one near the Gallipolis Municipal Building and one on Court Street alley. Four park benches will have plants around them.
The Doughboy Monument will have six smaller flower pots and the Kerr Memorial will have 10 baskets. The riverfront welcome signs will have two small pots near them. Two flower towers will be featured on Second Avenue. Two smaller pots will be planted at the Gallipolis Municipal Building as well as one smaller container at the Gallipolis Justice Center.
Haskins Park will play host to one large container and some planting nearing its entrance sign. The stone water towers nearby will have one large planting container. Both the north and south entrance signs of town will be planted and Vine Street Bridge will have six planting baskets. State Street will have three hanging baskets. The Canaday “Tot Lot” will have four smaller planting containers and its sign will be landscaped. Two small and large containers will be placed near Pine Street Cemetery and three large containers will be placed at the municipal pool.
Finally, fence baskets will be placed at the rear of the Gallipolis Elks Lodge with two other small urns nearby.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.