PO Box 20178

Kalamazoo, MI 49019-1178

© Kalamazoo In Bloom

(269) 548-6232  

2020 Volunteer Planting Events

Lynda and boys.jpg
Adopt a Bed

May through September

 

Sign up to adopt a flower bed in either downtown Kalamazoo or Portage. Tend to your bed once a week throughout the summer (end of May through end of September). Responsibilities include weeding, deadheading and removing litter. 

Click here to sign up to adopt a bed. (coming 2020)

Lynda and boys.jpg
Adopt Containers

May through September

 

Sign up to adopt a set of containers at Bronson Park, City Hall or the County Courthouse. Deadhead the flowers once a week throughout the summer (end of May through end of September). 

Click here to sign up to adopt a set of containers. (coming 2020)

Peacock Planting Day 1

Tuesday, May 12

The first of several community planting days start with the filling of peacock topiary structure with soil in Bronson Park. Volunteers are welcomed to help us stuff the bird. It's a messy but fun time. Bring gloves and wear old clothes. We start at 9 am and should be done by 1 pm. Come for all of it or however much time you can spare.

Canoe & Butterfly Planting Day

Wednesday, May 13

 

Help plant Portage's recognizable canoe and butterfly structures. We start at 10 am and will be done in a few hours. This is our first of two planting days in Portage. It's very exciting to see the landscape start to bloom!

Peacock Planting Day 2

Thursday, May 14

 

Help plant the peacock in Bronson Park. We start at 9 am and will be done by Noon when the bucket truck comes to lift and attach the peacock head to the body. It's quite a sight to see the peacock come together, and you can play a role in bringing this community icon back for the summer!

Portage Planting Day

Friday, May 15

 

Our first community planting day is in Portage (rain or shine). Registration starts at 9 am in the Portage District Library parking lot. Bring your favorite planting utensils - trowel, gloves, kneeling pad, bucket. After planting, we'll add mulch to many of the beds. Beverages and a pizza lunch are provided.

Topiary Installation Day

Tuesday, May 19

Help install our topiaries in Bronson Park. We start at 9 am and will be done by 1pm. Come for all of it or however much time you can spare. Once the topiaries are installed, join us for planting day!

Kalamazoo Planting Day

Thursday, May 21

Volunteers will help plant Bronson Park, City Hall, County Courthouse, Arcadia Festival Place, and a few other places. Bring your favorite planting essentials - gloves, trowel, small shovel, kneeling pad, bucket, and wheelbarrow. After planting, we'll add mulch to all of the beds. Beverages and a pizza lunch are provided.

Peacock Pull

TBD

 

The two peacocks have to be emptied - plants pulled, fabric removed, and soil emptied. Wear your gardening clothes and garden snippers, and prepare to get dirty. Come at 9:00 or whenever you can. You'll be given a parking pass that's valid at a meter spot surrounding Bronson Park.

Pull Flowers and Remove Topiaries

TBD

 

The remaining flower beds and topiaries have to be pulled at Bronson Park, City Hall, and the Courthouse. Bring gloves and if you have them, a cart/wagon and pots/box to carry any plants home that CJ gives away. Wear your gardening clothes and prepare to get dirty. Come at 9:00 or whenever you can. You'll be given a parking pass that's valid at a meter spot surrounding Bronson Park.

Empty Flower Containers

TBD

 

Now that the flower beds have been cleared, the flower containers can get pulled and the soil raked into the beds. Wear your gardening clothes and boots. Bring gloves and if you have them, a shovel, garden rake, pots/box to carry plants home that CJ gives away. Come at 9:00 or whenever you can in the morning. You'll be given a parking pass that's valid at a meter spot surrounding Bronson Park.

2021 Volunteer Planting Events