Volunteers needed for Downtown Kingston’s flowerbed project

One of the many flowerbeds in downtown Kingston. Photo via the Downtown Kingston BIA.

Earlier this spring, the Downtown Kingston BIA asked the community for help to get their flowerbeds planted as part of “Blooms: the downtown Kingston flowerbed project”.

Now, they are looking for volunteers to help plant in the downtown beds. According to a release from the BIA, 29 of 31 flowerbeds have been sponsored by local businesses, community members, and organizations, and will be planted the first weekend in June with sustainable, perennial plants, bushes, and flowers for everyone to enjoy.

While the sponsorship covers the cost of the materials that will be planted, along with sponsorship plaques, the actual planting will be done by the volunteers over four days: Friday, May 31 through to Monday, Jun. 3, 2024.

“We are seeking enthusiastic, community-minded volunteers to join us to take part in this community event. It is something that all members of our community can partake in – giving a beautiful gift to share with all employees, residents, and visitors,” stated Marijo Cuerrier, Executive Director of the Downtown Kingston BIA.

According to the BIA, participants will work together with others to plant a variety of flowers and small bushes in designated flowerbeds located throughout downtown Kingston.

“No prior gardening experience is necessary – just a willingness to get your hands dirty and contribute to the community! All tools, plants, and materials will be provided. Gloves are recommended,” the release reads.

In addition to making a positive impact on our city’s landscape, volunteers will also have the opportunity to connect with fellow community members and enjoy refreshments generously provided by local businesses.

“We are excited to launch this initiative and see the positive impact it will have on downtown Kingston,” said Alex Splinter, Chair of the Downtown Kingston BIA Clean and Safe Committee. “We believe that by working together, we can create a more inviting and visually appealing environment for everyone to enjoy.”

Additionally, the BIA confirmed that the time spent volunteering on this project should qualify as volunteer hours for high school students. Students who are looking for co-op hours can ask their teachers if they can participate in the planting day and use the hours towards their co-op, the BIA said.

The BIA shared that Gardening Kingston (Kingston Horticultural Society) volunteers will be planting four designated flowerbeds on the corner of King and Princess as a special project. As Kingston Horticultural Society (Gardening Kingston) is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2024, the group’s volunteers have embraced the opportunity to partner with the Downtown BIA and the City on the ‘Blooms’ project – as an important demonstration of our shared goal to beautify and revitalize our City’s streetscapes and living environments by creating (and growing) more environmentally healthy, bio-diverse, green spaces and gardens for residents, workers, and visitors to enjoy and engage with, according to the release.

Those interested in helping downtown Kingston “bloom” can register as a volunteer at www.downtownkingston.ca/blooms or by email at [email protected]

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