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Beautification commission enhances City with colorful flowers and plants
Teams of pink t-shirt-clad volunteers who belong to the City of Northville Beautification Commission (BC) get the plantings done every spring and maintain them throughout the growing season. Their work is supplemented by the DDA in the downtown district and by local businesses that create eye-popping displays of flowers and plants, often set against a backdrop of well-tended shrubs and trees.
You may have noticed the begonias at Hutton and Main between Long’s and the Presbyterian Church, the juniper and sedum berm near Rural Hill cemetery, and the hostas and roses that grace the gazebo in Rotary Park next to the water wheel.
The color scheme and plants are chosen by DDA director Lori Ward and BC Chair Diane Pittaway. Members on the commission … 13 currently … plant flowers and maintain the larger plantings that grace the city spring through fall.
The BC takes on a special project each year. This year, on Sept. 12, a team of nine was digging in the dirt at the median along N. Center St., south of 8 Mile to extract weeds, add fabric guard and fresh mulch to ward off new weeds, then reposition the plants. Refreshing tired areas is a labor of love that these gardeners relish.
“When you’re in the city, it’s more enjoyable to see greenery and flowers rather than all concrete,” Pittaway said.
As BC president, Pittaway sets the planting dates and asks members of the commission to sign up for times and places that work for them as teams or individually. Often, when passersby see the BC crews working in a landscaped area, they will say “thank you.” Some even tell them that they copied the color scheme or flower choice in their own gardens.
“Flowers make Northville look inviting and it inspires people to be creative in their own gardens,” Pittaway said. “It makes a statement to residents and visitors that says, ‘We welcome you.’”
Quality of life through gardening and plantings
Each spring, the BC assists
with giving free seedlings to residents to plant as part of a broader
effort to increase the tree canopy in southeastern Michigan. In 2016,
1,400 seedlings were handed out.