Colorful flowers stand out in a landscape. They light up a community. In order to bring a community together for a positive joyful cause, name an official flower for your community and encourage the planting of this flower everywhere.
In order to bring a community together for a positive joyful cause, name an official flower for your community and encourage the planting of this flower everywhere – at the entrances, in residential front gardens, at flagpoles and mailboxes, at entrances to neighborhoods, in containers in front of businesses, in flower beds in front of municipal buildings, at churches and schools, and in parks and public gardens.
One America in Bloom community selected the pink cone flower (Echinacea purpurea) as their official flower. It was planted everywhere throughout the community in private and public areas. Spots of bright pink brightened every corner of the city. They celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness month by planting more pink cone flowers. They featured them on banners for their main street. They encouraged their local garden center to offer pink cone flowers at a special price for residents.
All-America Selections identifies the best flower varieties each year for locations across America. Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ and Echinacea ‘Pow Wow Wild Berry’ are just two of their selections to try.
Another America in Bloom community selected the daffodil as their community flower. Each fall they plant thousands. They encourage residents to buy daffodils for their home gardens from a special program called Bloomin’ Bucks. It is a unique program from Brent and Becky Bulbs that offers the best selection of bulbs in the country and then gives 25% of your order to your designated not for profit organization. If you establish your community organization as a 501c3, you can raise money within one year to pay for more daffodils the next year. Imagine how colorful and joyful your community would be in the spring with all the daffodils blooming. And the deer won’t eat them!