(MARIETTA, OH) - With Mother’s Day coming up, the fragrance of fresh flowers will soon be in the air.
Next Thursday at 7 AM, the flowers will literally be hanging in the air as Marietta Main Street and several volunteers will hang flower baskets along the streets of downtown Marietta.
Main Street Executive Director Jean G. Farmer says they’re always looking for new volunteers to help add decoration to the downtown scenery.
“We’re asking any volunteers who want to hang these to come join us,” Farmer says. “The more volunteers we have, the better off everyone will be.”
This year marks a milestone 20th year for the basket hangings, and Farmer says pink petunias will return to the baskets this year and says those flowers have become a tradition within a tradition--as they’ve stood the test of time.
She says the petunias are funded by donations, and a large part of those donations come from the Red, White, and Blues Fest that takes place on July 4.
Farmer says she considers downtown Marietta to be the gem of the community, and says volunteers put many hours—not just into the flower project—but also into enhancing the downtown view. She says she’s grateful for this work and dedication.
“We have a guy who waters the flowers for us, and all kinds of volunteers keep little things up like the tractors and getting gasoline,” Farmer says.
Again, basket hanging begins at 7 AM on May 8 in front of the Lafayette Hotel. If you’re interested in volunteering to hang flower baskets this year, give Jean G. Farmer a call at 740-885-8194 or check out the Marietta Main Street website for more information at www.mariettamainstreet.org.