Petunia planting a great activity for all ages

Spring is (finally) in the Upper Peninsula air, and that means it’s time for Petunia Pandemonium.

The 31st annual event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on the west side of South Front Street in Marquette.

Volunteers of all ages, businesses, organizations, churches and Scout troops are needed to help plant this award-winning project that beautifies south Marquette’s gateway for five months, according to a release from the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee.

The flower beds are all prepared for easy planting and plants will already be placed.

Saturday’s forecast looks promising, so this is a great suggestion for area residents who are looking to have some fun and spend the day outside. Not only can you get out and enjoy the long-awaited spring weather, but you will be helping to beautify your community at the same time.

Planters should pick a flower bed between Hampton and Genesee streets on the west side of the highway. The traffic lane closest to the flower beds will be closed for safety. Safety vests will be available, especially for children. Wear old clothes and shoes plus gloves and sunscreen.

Planters should bring a trowel, although extras will be available, and a very large spoon can work as well.

The planting takes about an hour and will be followed by a free picnic lunch on the lawn of McCabe’s (south of Beef-A-Roo). Beef-A-Roo will provide complimentary ice cream cones to volunteers and the picnic lunch features Vango’s pizza, Third Street Bagel’s sandwiches, cookies from the Holiday Inn, fresh coffee and beverages.

Planters wishing to plant early that day can report to the picnic site at McCabe’s for an assigned area.

Petunia Pandemonium is a great way to help children learn how to plant and the activity helps introduce them to community pride and civic responsibility, officials said.

This community event provides a great opportunity for families to be outside, learn a new skill and join with others to create a popular, mile-long garden, which is seen by 14,000 passing cars per day.

Children take great pride in the flowers they planted as they watch them grow into a stunning display, according to the release.

For further information, call Barb Kelly, chairman, at 225-5077.