median_garden.jpgMost likely you’ve noticed one of the many flower beds in the medians of (mostly) downtown streets in Colorado Springs. Did you know they are planted and maintained by volunteers? The program which oversees the volunteers and their flower beds is called “Springs in Bloom.” The median flower beds are great projects for groups of all sorts.

If you’re interested, read the following news release from the City of Colorado Springs for more information:

Calling all green thumbs: Springs in Bloom volunteers needed

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to adopt a flower bed and help keep the City blooming this summer. The 2012 Springs in Bloom flower bed adoption program seeks individuals, families, clubs and businesses to adopt approximately 58 flower beds located throughout Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department will provide the flowers free of charge to all volunteer adopter groups. Flowerbed adopters will take responsibility for planting and maintaining the beds throughout the summer, per guidelines provided by the City.

Thirty-five percent of the flower beds are already adopted, and flower beds are available on a first come, first serve basis. The City hopes to have sponsors for all beds by April 3, because prime planting season is May 15 thru June 4.

If you are interested in adopting a flowerbed or making a donation to the Springs in Bloom program, go to For more information, contact Donna Sanchez at (719) 385-6568

Contributed by Carey Harrington, Colorado Native Plant Master and Certified Colorado Gardener
Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Tribune (