February 2,2021 Newsletter Edition
This year's first newsletter is being written as I just came in from shoveling four inches of snow. Makes me yearn even more for warm days and flowers.

I am excited for the return of the topiaries and, for the first time, TWO peacocks! They will be in new beds which were installed last fall. They are also each receiving nose jobs. Their beaks have always been cocoa liner (coconut fiber). But thinking about beaks, they should be black. So that is all I will tease you with...perhaps an in-process photo will entice you even more. 

So we will be planting again like we did last year, by giving Kalamazoo and Portage a three-day planting schedule. This actually worked very well. Dates and further details will be confirmed in the coming months (below are tentative dates for some of our activities). In the meantime, give our newsletter a read and be sure to take our quick survey.

Looking SO forward to my Bloomin Buddies, flowers, topiaries, peacocks (and new sprinklers in Bronson Park)! Love and hugs...CJ
May 11 & 13: Filling & planting peacocks
May 19: Portage canoe, butterfly & topiaries
May 20 & 21: Portage planting days
May 25: Topiary installation
May 26-28: Kalamazoo planting days
We'll have a volunteer signup & more volunteer dates on our website in the coming months
Take our Volunteer Survey
If you're a KIB volunteer (or have been interested in volunteering with us), we're interested in your feedback. Please take this brief anonymous survey to help us shape our volunteer recognition efforts. Survey open through Sunday, February 7. Thank you!
Sponsor a Topiary 
in Bronson Park

Many of the topiaries are returning to Kalamazoo and Portage. See what's available and sponsor your favorite! Topiaries are first come, first available. Contact 
for availability.
Help make Riverside Cemetery Memorial Site Accessible
The Westwood Garden Club restored a Veterans Memorial in Riverside Cemetery on Gull Road, and are now working to make it accessible to all. They need the community's help to raise the final funds for this ramp project. Go to their GoFundMe page to donate.
You can also visit to order bricks for veterans in your lives that will be inscribed and placed in the Star of Honor of the Memorial. Help honor our veterans who deserve our gratitude.
If you have info on plant sales, gardening events/tours, outdoor-related volunteer activities, and other news of note to include in the Bloomin' News, email

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