2021 Volunteer Planting Events

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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.

Vew our Bed Adopter orientation for Kalamazoo or Portage.

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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.

Peacock Planting Day 1

Tuesday, May 11

The first of several community planting days start with the filling of 2 peacock topiary structures with soil in Bronson Park. Volunteers are welcomed to help us stuff the birds. 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. A parking pass will be handed out so you can park at a metered spot surrounding Bronson Park.

Peacock Planting Days 2 & 3

May 12 & 13

 

Help plant the 2 peacocks 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 heads to the body on Thursday. It's quite a sight to see the peacocks come together, and you can play a role in bringing these community icons back for the summer! A parking pass will be handed out to park at a metered spot surrounding Bronson Park.

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Transportation Center

May 18

 

Help plant 16 containers located at the Kalamazoo Transportation Center downtown.

Portage Planting Days

May 19-21

 

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. Buckets and snow shovels are good to use. Beverages and pizza lunch are provided. An afternoon shift is available too. Volunteers are tired by lunchtime so having more volunteers come for a 2nd shift will help us get all the work done.

View our welcome video on planting in Portage.

Watch our Planting Basics video.

Watch our Bed Supervisor orientation video (experienced KIB volunteers).

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Arcadia Creek Festival Place

May 24

 

Plant with the team from Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. There is the orange slice bed and numerous containers.

Topiary Installation Day

May 25

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! A parking pass will be handed out to park at a metered spot surrounding Bronson Park.

Kalamazoo Planting Days

May 26-28

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, a small shovel, kneeling pad, bucket, snow shovel, and wheelbarrow. After planting, we'll add mulch to all of the beds. Beverages and pizza lunch are provided. An afternoon shift is available too. Volunteers are tired by lunchtime so having more volunteers come for a 2nd shift will help us get all the work done. Park at bagged meters surrounding Bronson Park.

View our welcome video on planting in Kalamazoo.

Watch our Planting Basics video.

Watch our Bed Supervisor orientation video (experienced KIB volunteers).

AND MORE

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Pull Flowers & Topiaries

Portage:  October 2

Kalamazoo:  October 4

 

Flower beds and topiaries have to be pulled at Portage, Bronson Park, City Hall, and the Courthouse. Bring gloves and if you have them, a shovel and pots/bag to carry any plants home. 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. In Portage, park at City Hall or along S. Westnedge just past Library Lane.

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Empty Flower Containers

Kalamazoo:  October 5

 

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/container to carry plants home. 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.

2022 Volunteer Planting Events