MARQUETTE - Volunteers of all ages are needed to help plant Petunia Pandemonium along South Front Street on Saturday.
Planting will begin at 10 a.m. for the 24th annual Petunia Pandemonium, which is an award-winning project sponsored by the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee.
The planting takes about one hour and is followed by a picnic lunch on the lawn of Family Wellness Chiropractic at about 11 a.m. Pizza, gourmet sandwiches, beverages and desserts will be served to all the volunteers. Starting at 10 a.m. complimentary ice cream cones will be available for the planters at Beef-A-Roo Restaurant, which is next door to Family Wellness Chiropractic.
In this May 2011 photo, North Star Academy seventh-grade student Bridget Engstrom plants flowers as part of the 23rd annual Petunia Pandemonium. Students from NSA and Marquette Area Public Schools will launch this year’s Petunia Pandemonium on Friday, with volunteers needed for the main planting on Saturday morning. (Journal file photo)
Volunteers should report to any flower bed on the west side of the roadway from Hampton Street to Family Wellness Chiropractic along South Front Street. Flowers and assistance will be provided at each area. Volunteers are asked to bring a trowel, wear old clothes and shoes plus a hat and sunscreen if needed. Extra trowels are available. The traffic lane closest to the flower beds will be closed to traffic for safety.
The east side of the highway will be planted on Friday by students from North Star Academy and Marquette Area Public Schools.
The project is planted entirely by hundreds of volunteers and is supported financially by the Beautification and Restoration Committee, the city of Marquette and many area businesses. The flowers are grown by Meister's Greenhouse. About 15 different varieties of annuals are used in the planting, totaling roughly 26,000 flowers.
For more information, call Barb Kelly at 225-5077.