June 16, 2022 Newsletter Edition
All that we gave of ourselves during the last four weeks of planting and other activities, included overcoming surprise hurdles and lots of follow-up with volunteers. Sure, those weeks are exhausting but we run on adrenaline that is fueled by gratitude for the volunteers working by our side and others surrounding us with encouragement and support. The end result of beautiful flower beds topped with mulch, statuesque topiaries scattered throughout the planted areas, and full, colorful flower trees and pots is why we love our work with Kalamazoo in Bloom.

As you know, the end result you enjoy is because of community volunteers. We had great individuals and groups joining us this year. A few very special mentions go to Stryker who did an amazing job signing up employees to volunteer on each of our six major planting days. We were honored that Kalamazoo Orthodontics chose our organization to fulfill their day of service. We were thrilled to welcome back Loy Norrix High School students on our final planting day! And last, but never least, MSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers have the longest history working with us. We are so grateful for their friendship, expertise, and commitment to KIB.

What's next is to put out all of the flower bed signs and topiary tags. We are all so anxious for that to happen! After everything is planted, however, it takes a couple of weeks of more preparation, welcoming new volunteer bed adopters and additional sponsors before the signs can be made. We're nearly there!  A few weeks more of your patience as we wait for the signs to be ready for pickup. It will all be worth the wait!
The warmest gratitude and appreciation for all of you,
Monika & CJ
Earn hours by sharing your knowledge with the community, and/or have the hours you spent on planting days and as a bed adopter for the summer count by adding a public education component.

This summer, there are several opportunities to volunteer at a KIB info table at Lunchtime Live each Friday in Bronson Park. Select a topic you want to focus on and we'll have MSU Extension-approved handouts at the table. Find more details and the signup by clicking on the box below.

Lawn Makeover Giveaway
Kalamazoo Growlers encourages you to enter a lawn giveaway by the professionals who care for their baseball field, Pure Green Lawn and Tree Professionals Services. Enter by July 1.
Children's Nature Playscape Giving Match
Help our downtown Kalamazoo neighbor meet a fundraising match. Donate to their Patronicity campaign. Deadline to raise $50,000 is July 24. To donate and learn more, click here.
Southwestern Michigan Iris Society of the Kalamazoo Area
Iris Show: June 25
Wedel's Garden Center
Iris Rhizome Sale: August 6
Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
KADS Daylily Sale
July 30
Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
Get there early for the most selections. Last year for this sale at the market.
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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