GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis in Bloom representatives are preparing for another colorful growing season for the upcoming America in Bloom competition.
Gallipolis in Bloom anticipates judges will visit city beautification areas this summer on July 13 and 14. According to group representative Kim Canaday, judges have normally visited in June, so this gives more time to prepare the town for judging.
As part of the festivities, GIB typically asks Gallipolis ladies to considering applying to become the next Little Miss Gallipolis in Bloom. This will be the third year for Little Miss GIB to be crowned. GIB representatives are looking for a young lady specifically interested in gardening and representing GIB functions over the course of the year. The library will cosponsor an event with GIB on April 8 for the choosing of Little Miss Gallipolis in Bloom. Those interested in applying can contact Kim Canaday in the Gallipolis City Tax Office.
On April 28, GIB representatives will plant a Ohio Buckeye Tree in Gallipolis City Park to commemorate Arbor Day at 11 a.m. Representatives from Gallia County Soil and Water District will be present to give away trees to those who are interested in planting them in their yards. The first 20 participants will receive seedling trees.
On April 29, GIB will meet volunteers in City Park at 9 a.m. for a plant exchange. Those who are interested can bring plants they have carefully pulled from their gardens to exchange with other plants bought to the exchange. One does not have to bring plants to receive plants. At 10 a.m., volunteers will separate across town to engage in the beautification and planting of the city.
On May 20, GIB members will meet in Haskins Memorial Park with the Gallia Soil and Water District to hold its annual “Organic Garden Fun Day.” Families are encouraged to attend and learn about organic gardening techniques and vegetables and fruits they may have never eaten before. Games and crafts will be available.
Gallipolis in Bloom extends its “Yard of the Week” competition to the rest of Gallia County. Individuals are encouraged to post photos of their yards to their Facebook page and can nominate themselves or a friend’s property.
Between April 15 and 20, GIB intends to hold grand opening displays of a pollinator and butterfly garden. Funds for the project were provided by a grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and other sources.
For more information, visit the Gallipolis in Bloom Facebook page.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.