Photo courtesy of Tom Davids
From left, Olga Erlichman, Donna Williamson, Helen Calhoun, Joanne Daniels and Barry Daniels helped fill San Carlos' hanging baskets and planters with flowers, greenery and bulbs ready to bring a little beauty to downtown visitors.
Everything’s coming up roses in downtown San Carlos.
Actually, more like impatiens, petunias and some yet-to-be determined flora.
Thanks to two community-driven efforts in the last weeks, the city’s hanging baskets and planters are filled with flowers, greenery and bulbs ready to bring a little beauty to downtown visitors.
In mid-November, the group San Carlos Together collected plants and donations to keep the Laurel Street hanging baskets blooming all year long between San Carlos Avenue and Arroyo Street. They have an internal water drip system but planting and maintenance are left to volunteers.
Former mayor Tom Davids said the group recently raised $2,000 which is sufficient to get through this year’s plantings — although he said more donations are always welcome.
“We wouldn’t turn anyone back,” he said.
To call Davids hands-on in the effort is an understatement. He watches over the 82 baskets, tends to about 40 in his backyard as need be and replaces them as necessary.
“That’s what happens when you raise your hand at the right time,” he joked.
As soon as Christmas is over, he’ll be at it rotating them again.
The Civic Garden Club of San Carlos also added color to the four planters at Cherry and Laurel streets as part of its quarterly change-out, Davids said.
Bulbs planted now mean flowers in the spring and summer, he said.
The real surprise, he said, is what those flowers will turn out to be.
Along with the violas and pansies, Davids said one volunteer offered up 50 unidentified bulbs for planting.
“We have no idea what they are, so it will be a surprise,” he said.
Joanne Daniels, of the 40-plus member club, said the bulb’s owner suggested there might be daffodils but that she and the others are looking forward to finding out.
Both planting campaigns are completely community supported by volunteers and private donations. The effort may have started with the city paying for the first budget but the onus shifted, Davids said.
“I think they decided if the community likes it, they are going to pay for it and now we’ve got a good run and it keeps building,” he said.
Giving back to the community and creating something beautiful just makes you feel good, not to mention helping get the word out about the clubs, Daniels said.
“We are the City of Good Living and one of our goals as a club is to contribute and add enjoyment to the residents and visitors,” she said. “We’re helping and having a good time doing it.”
The garden club is even starting plants that can be later transferred into the baskets maintained by San Carlos Together.
The group wants to add more baskets and Davids feels the more, the merrier.
“People really respond. You go out early in the morning and see people coming by enjoying it,” he said. “It’s really a community project.”
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