Bloomin' News October 16, 2018
What a fantastic season. We are finally finished pulling flowers, dumping out soil and removing animals. We spread out the end of season cleanout over a couple weeks to ease my pain. It is always so hard to remove flowers at their peak. But this is the circle of life we must complete.
I planned an “Oval Project” for this year – removing grass from 4 oval beds along Rose Street and planting Daylilies – which was rained out last weekend. We completed 2 of the 4 beds, and may have to finish this spring before planting. This will make the 6 interior “perennial” beds into annual beds, along with having more beauty along the Street.
We will have a new addition to our Zoo next year, with a smaller version of our own Mike the Peacock. “Junior” has been at WMU outside Miller Auditorium. They want to do something new, so we are putting her in the Park. Our longtime friends and partners at River Street Flowerland are going to put it in their adopted corner, the southeast corner looking at the Library. The following year we will relocate both Mike and Junior to a new location in Bronson Park.

Portage also had a great season and putting those beds to rest was hard, especially when the Zinnias & Purple Fountain Grass still looked spectacular. Thanks to the Portage adopters for getting a lot of the end of season work done, and thanks to Portage Gardeners, Lynn and Sandy, for being awesome.
Mark your calendars for November 7 to come to our Pumpkin Soiree fundraiser (just remember, it's the day after Election Day – VOTE). Get your tickets now. We're also recruiting volunteers for this fun feast of an event.
Thanks, again, to all my bloomin’ buddies everywhere. Looking forward to another great season with you next year.
The Great Pumpkin Soiree
November 7, 6-8 pm

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Join Kalamazoo in Bloom for this pumpkin-themed fundraiser. Vote for People's Choice winner and learn who judges vote as Overall Pumpkin Champion, Best Dessert, Best Vegetarian & Most Creative Use of Pumpkin.

There's a silent auction, a sneak peak of 2019 animal topiaries with a chance to sponsor them first, door prizes, live music, cash bar and more. Proceeds from the event help us purchase flowers to beautify public spaces in our communities.

Competing participants:

600 Kitchen & Bar
Bell's Eccentric Cafe
Central City Tap House
Chauncey Brinn, caterer
FireKeepers Hotel & Casino
Friendship Village
Heritage Community of Kzoo
Latitude 42
Pretty Lake
Stuart Avenue Inn
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