For Immediate Release
June 04, 2011
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today kicked off the first Boston Blooms Day with a Mayoral proclamation declaring today as the first official citywide flower planting day. At Mayor Menino’s direction, the Boston Parks Department is working with other City departments and agencies to plant more flowers on municipal property throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. The Mayor kicked off Boston Blooms Day in Roslindale Square, planting flowers on the Washington Street median alongside community members and officials from the Parks Department, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), and Roslindale Main Streets.
“Summer is a special time of year in Boston. The City comes to life after a long winter, our parks once again filled with visitors, farmers markets return with local seasonal goods, and our neighborhood business districts are crowded with shoppers,” Mayor Menino said. “I know our residents and businesses take as much pride in our City as I do and Boston Blooms Day is an opportunity to come together to showcase our beautiful City so it blooms throughout the season.”
Mayor Menino also celebrated the grand opening of Roslindale’s newest restaurant, Sugar Baking Company and Restaurant, and visited nearby Adam’s Park to help kick off the opening of the Roslindale Farmers Market. Sugar joined the Boston Blooms Day effort by adding two vibrant flowering pots to the restaurant’s entrance on Washington Street.
The City and its partners have committed to planting more than 5,000 additional flowers this spring and the Mayor is encouraging residents and businesses join in the effort. BCYF community centers and BPL branches are adding more plants, and the BHA has directed staff to plant and maintain additional flower beds and landscaping improvements at all housing developments.
Efforts to keep Boston blooming all summer include:
- The Parks Department is providing large flowering pots for the entrances of the City’s community centers and branch libraries, as well as some neighborhood organizations. The organizations have agreed to care for the flowering pots throughout the season.
- Boston Centers for Youth and Families are planting flowers at community centers and engaging local youth to help care for and maintain the plantings.
- Boston Housing Authority is adding flower beds and landscaping at entry ways, courtyards, and tree pits at housing developments properties.
- City of Boston Property Management is adding more planters to municipal buildings and properties throughout the City, and renovating several planted medians and adding color with perennial plantings.
- Several business districts along major thoroughfares sponsor flowers, including Downtown Crossing, Boylston Street in Back Bay, Audubon Circle, Bennington Street in East Boston, the Bulfinch Triangle and Cambridge Street at Beacon Hill.
Residents and businesses can contribute by planting more flowers on their storefronts, or adopting a median or tree pit to add some color to their neighborhood.
The Parks Department currently plants flowers in over 300 park locations and medians throughout the City. The Public Garden alone features seasonal displays of tulips, tropical, annual and perennial flowers in addition to 125 different tree specimens. Approximately half of the flowers displayed are grown at the City of Boston’s greenhouses located in Franklin Park.