Bloomin' News April 9, 2019
I love spring! (big shock). Walking through Bronson Park, the Daffodils are blooming, the birds are singing, and the beds are awaiting the beauty we will add in May.
I am humbled and so proud of the recent Women’s Lifestyle article featuring Monika and me on the cover representing Kalamazoo in Bloom, and the Second Wave Media article highlighting Eastside Neighborhood residents, this month on me as a 32-year resident. Both of these focus on community. Without neighbors, friends, volunteers, and people who care, projects such as our beautification cannot be accomplished. I get to work with and live near wonderful, caring folks who are willing to help in so many ways.
Most of our plants are started at the greenhouse. Colors are starting to pop on other plants which were planted a few weeks ago. So even if it is still gray outside, there is beautiful color inside.
Prior to our 2-week flurry of May plantings, I have to finish the Oval Project we began last fall but got stopped by early cold weather. On Saturday, May 4, I’m looking for volunteers to finish clearing the layer of sod out of the remaining 2 oval beds on Rose Street. Plan to start about 9 am. Bring a shovel (square end) or a garden claw, gloves, and muscles. Once the final 2 ovals are clear of grass, then they will be planted with beautiful Daylilies from existing beds. With a good group, we should be able to finish in a couple of hours. Good opportunity for volunteers who are unable to join us on our planting days during the work week. Let me know if you can help. Email me and check out this Facebook event.
If you haven’t already marked your calendars, here are our planting days. Activities all start at 9 AM. Sign up to plant here. To adopt a bed, click here.
  • 4/25 at 6:00 PM – Portage planting day & bed adopter volunteer orientation at the Portage Senior Center
  • 5/4 – Bronson Park work day
  • Week of 5/6 (date & location to be determined) - Kalamazoo planting day & bed adopter volunteer orientation
  • 5/14 – Fill Peacocks with soil in Kalamazoo
  • 5/15 – Plant Canoe and Butterfly and install topiaries in Portage
  • 5/16 – Plant Peacocks
  • 5/21 – Install topiaries in Kalamazoo
By the way, it's National Volunteer Week. Thank you for all you do!
Westwood GC Plant Sale
May 11, 9am-1pm
George's Appliance
Mother's Day weekend, get some plants for mom and your garden. Prices from $2-$10. Bring a friend.
Master Gard. Plant Sale
May 17 & May 18
Kzoo County Expo Center

Support the Master Gardeners at their annual sale on Friday, May 17 from 9am-6pm & Saturday, May 18 from 9am-3pm.
Parchment Garden Club Plant Sale
July 13, 9am-3pm
Kindleberger Park

Visit the Parchment Garden Club's annual plant sale during the Summer Festival for Performing Arts. 
Kalamazoo Area Daylily Society Annual Sale
July 27, Early is best
Bank Street Farmers Market

Many varieties of daylilies that will sell fast.
If you have information on plant sales, gardening events, garden tours, outdoor related volunteer activities, and other news of note that you'd like me to include in the Bloomin' News, please email me at

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