Flower Program and Horticultural Management
Adopted flower beds (left to right): Burke Park adopted by the Military officers Association of America, Chautauqua Park adopted by SmartWool, Salberg Park adopted by a park neighbor, Campbell robertson Park adopted by a park neighbor.
About the flower program and horticultural management
City of Boulder Parks and Recreation horticulturalists plant annual flowers on the Pearl Street Mall, the Flatirons Golf Course, and in select areas at the Municipal Complex in downtown Boulder. Due to the high economic and social impact of the Pearl Street Mall, staff not only plant thousands of annual flowers, but plant nearly 9,000 tulip bulbs from Holland and winter-blooming pansies for all-year color. Visitors come from across the United States and internationally to view the Pearl Street Mall tulip blooms every spring! [More information on tulip planting]
The Parks and Recreation Department has developed several programs to promote beautification of the parks, including the Adopt-a-Flower Bed Program, Garden-in-Box Demonstration Program and flower donation program. The Adopt-a-Flower Bed Program enlists volunteers from organizations and neighbors who live near a park to donate plants and their time throughout the summer to plant and maintain a park flower bed.
The Garden-in-a-Box Demonstration Program was created through a cooperative effort with the Parks and Recreation Department, the Center for ReSource Conservation, and the City of Boulder Water Conservation Office. The goal of the program is to promote low-water, beautiful, easy to plant gardens to home-owners. The Parks and Recreation Department currently has four Garden-in-a-Box gardens in park areas.
City of Boulder Parks and Recreation plants flowers on the and in flower pots at the Municipal Complex in downtown Boulder. All other flower beds in Boulder city parks are donated through the .
Types of flowers planted
Park horticulturists use a mix of annuals, perennials, ornamental grasses and shrub plantings in park flower beds. Water-wise annuals that will be planted include: petunia, marigold, alyssum, zinnia. Each planting bed is evaluated to identify soil type, method of irrigation, sun and wind exposure and location to determine what type of plants will be planted at each site.
Resources for planting flowers in your yard
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:55