I have not received any suggestions for a narrator for our promotional video. There are about fifty people on this mailing list surely someone knows of one who is willing to help. Without this video we cannot solve our financial problems using crowd funding. Without more funds we cannot continue to make our little town the most beautiful in the state. Please help.
Our next meeting is this Wednesday at 10:30 at the library. I will be showing a short video from the America in Bloom Symposium about Urban Forestry.
Wasn't the weather nice yesterday? I took advantage of it by walking to the Discovery Garden. On my way to the Discovery Garden I found a visitor at Capitol of Texas Park. I helped him find all our historical sites. I weeded the Discovery Garden & pruned Lantana. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I hope you had a chance to enjoy it as well. I also weeded the Fire Station and got started weeding the Rosenwald School.
I apologize for the miss-communication last week about our meeting. I've been under the weather. Our next meeting will be November 4 at 10:30 at the library.
I'm hoping we see the sun today. I'm thankful that we got rain and that it did not cause major problems in town.
I finished adding video excerpts from the America in Bloom Awards Symposium to columbiablooms.org. Click America in Bloom. Note: The videos will not play if you are using Firefox. They will play with Internet Explorer.
Updates will be made to columbiablooms.org soon. They include a fix to the problem of navigating to the next month in the calendar where it sometimes would skip a month. Also the About link has been updated to include minutes of all our meetings and all the press we have received. Excerpts from the live stream video of the America in Bloom Symposium can be found by clicking America in Bloom from the home page of columbiablooms.org.
Here is a wonderful quote from The Cut Flower Quarterly, Vol. 27, Number 2, Spring 2015, p. 23 about the value of horticulture.
“Horticulture is invaluable. You can’t put a price on horticulture. It is everything we eat. It is our earth and our soil. It is the plants that surround us. It is all that provides us life and sustains our world.”
We had a good committee meeting on Wednesday. I have posted the minutes to the web site. See the home page. If you find errors please email me.
Hasn't the weather been nice? If you've not had a chance to get out in it please do so. The Discovery Garden plants are really looking good right now. The Discovery Garden is located in First Capitol Park.
We have received many compliments on our new planting in front of the Fire Station. If you've not been by there lately please take a look.
The long-awaited America in Bloom report has arrived. I've posted it to the web site. Click America in Bloom on the menu. I analyzed some of the data. My observations are included. You can download the complete report. At our next meeting on Wednesday we will prioritize the recommendations in the report. If you have ideas please email me.
A volunteer and I pulled weeds, spread fresh soil, and planted new plants in the planters in front of the Fire Station in preparation for their Open House this Saturday.
Thank you to Gary for weed eating the area near the law office. It looks a lot better.
I'm getting excited. A week from today we will receive the America in Bloom judges' report and beginning Thursday evening at 6:30 the America in Bloom Symposium and Awards Program begins. You can see it live-streamed at www.stream.cityofholland.com. We are likely to receive the award in the Heritage Preservation category due to all our historical sites.
Did you know that plants are used to clean up oil spills and other hazardous waste? It is a process called phytoremediation – a technique that uses plants to extract heavy metals and chemicals from soil without having to remove contaminated soil.