Volunteer Spotlight: Allium Display Project
One of the great parts of our Volunteer Program is the recurring opportunities for individuals to assist the Horticulture Department with gardening tasks along The Greenway. Projects happen all over the park and occur about every two weeks. We have a great group of volunteers that come almost every time, as well as people that sign up when they can, or come once to learn more about The Greenway!
Last year, we had one project that volunteers helped with throughout the year, focusing on a planting bed in our Urban Arboretum. The bed was originally planted with ground roses (Rosa wichurana), but as our trees grew bigger the roses were getting shaded out and began declining. Darrah Cole, Horticulturist extraordinaire, came up with a new plan to showcase Allium bulbs. We have alliums planted throughout The Greenway and with their globe-shaped purple flowers they are always a bit hit this time of year. Our regular volunteers (and a few of our groups!) helped at almost every stage. The pictures below show the transformation as well as a bunch of our amazing volunteers!
Staff and volunteers alike are proud of the final result! The allium bed is still in bloom now so stop by and check it out for yourself! A few alliums are still slated to bloom later in the year. And after seeing the cool things our volunteers get to work on, learn more about our volunteer program and sign up for upcoming projects here!