May 6, 2022 Newsletter Edition
Saw a post recently about the month of May being aptly named: it MAY rain, it MAY snow or it MAY do anything in between… Well, in less than two weeks all planting schedules will begin, regardless of the weather. We learned last year anything is possible.
We are still looking for lots of volunteers. We have a two-week schedule of events to give you choices of opportunities to help in Portage and Kalamazoo. No experience is necessary. If you have them, bring your gloves, your hand trowel, and be ready to have a couple hours of fun with the community enriching our own places.
Flowers this year are mostly back to basics with a variety of color: Begonias, Rudbeckias, Sunpatiens, Cuphea, and Cleome, with some Red Velvet Curtains Amaranthus to be the tall beauty in the back.
Looking forward to seeing all my friends again and meeting new ones! Be sure to join us for our Open Houses where we will be in Bronson Park, then the next day in Portage on Library Lane. I will try to keep things entertaining…
So ready all your equipment, boots, and hats, and prepare to bring back the annual beauties that are only possible because of ALL OF YOU!

The next several weeks are full. Here are just some of the activities:
  • 5/13 & 5/14: FILL both peacocks with soil
  • 5/16 & 5/17: PLANT peacocks
  • 5/18, 5/19 & 5/20: PORTAGE planting days
  • 5/21: PLANT Portage Creek Bicentennial Park trailhead bed
  • 5/23 AM: PLANT Arcadia Creek Festival Place
  • 5/23 PM: PLANT Transportation Center pots
  • 5/24: INSTALL topiaries & plant small beds, Kalamazoo
  • 5/25, 5/26 & 5/27: KALAMAZOO planting days
Check out all that's available on the buttons below. It helps for us to know how many to expect. We are also still looking for people/families/groups to be bed adopters for the summer.
Planting Days SignUp
Bed Adopter SignUp
Join us at our "open houses" prior to planting days. We'll have some fun and games for the family from 10:30-11:30 each morning.
Saturday, May 14: Kalamazoo, Bronson Park
Sunday, May 15: Portage, Library Lane
Open House RSVP
Guess what!? Pumpkin Soiree contributor, Kalamazoo Growlers, want to make sure you know about a lawn makeover giveaway from the professionals who care for their baseball field. Pure Green Lawn and Tree Professionals Services can do any of the following: weed control and fertilization, tree and shrub health care, lawn aeration, grub control, mosquito control, turf insect and disease control, vegetation control, seeding, soil testing and amendment, bug barrier, and mole control. Enter by July 1.
Enter to Win Lawn Makeover
Westwood Garden Club Plant Sale
May 7, 9am-2pm
1188 N. Seventh Street, Kalamazoo
Plants & flowers from members' gardens & baked goods too!
Kalamazoo Garden Club Plants and More Sale
May 13, 10am-5pm
May 14, 8am-2pm
7930 Bent Tree Road, Kalamazoo
Perennials, potted herbs & topiaries, tree saplings, concrete statues & more!
Chula Vista Garden Club Spring Plant & Baked Goods Sale
May 14, 9am-2pm
1941 Cygnet Drive, Otsego
May 21, 9am-2pm
Otsego City Farmer's Market
Tomato plants, tree seedlings, annuals, perennials
Petal Pushers Plant Sale
May 19, 9am-3pm & 6-8pm
May 20, 9am-3pm
1515 Dogwood Drive, Portage
Herbs, annuals, perennials, ground cover, shrubs, trees
Portage Garden Club
Trail Plant Sales

May 20, 7am-5pm
May 21, 8am-3pm
2732 Kalarama Ave, Portage
Southwestern Michigan Iris Society of the Kalamazoo Area
Iris Shows: May 21, June 25
Wedel's Garden Center
Iris Regional Convention: May 27-28
Click here for details
Iris Rhizome Sale: August 6
Kalamazoo Farmers' 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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