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. 

K.I.B. Downtown 54 (1 of 1).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.

Peacock Planting Day 1 - CANCELED

Tuesday, May 12

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.

Canoe & Butterfly Planting Day

Saturday, May 16

 

Help plant Portage's recognizable canoe and butterfly structures and help CJ install topiaries. We start at 9 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! Park at City Hall and follow the sidewalk down. There is no parking allowed on the street.

Peacock Planting Day 2 - CANCELED

Thursday, May 14

 

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 Mike the Peacock's head to the body. It's quite a sight to see the peacocks come together, and you can play a role in bringing this community icon back for the summer! A parking pass will be handed out to park at a metered spot surrounding Bronson Park.

Portage Planting Day

Monday, May 18-Thursday, May 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.

Topiary Installation Day - CANCELED

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

Kalamazoo Planting Day

Tuesday, May 26-Thursday, May 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.

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

PO Box 20178

Kalamazoo, MI 49019-1178

© Kalamazoo In Bloom

(269) 548-6232