Adopt A Geranium

An hour before last year’s adopt a geranium day event, there was a line around the perimeter of Bowling Green Park.

This fall, I’m hoping for more of the same.

Last year, in an effort to involve the Downtown community in beautifying our open spaces, we managed Adopt-A-Geranium Day (check out a few photos from the event). Though we were unsure whether many people would show up to claim a free potted geranium from Bowling Green Park, a hoard of Downtown workers showed up on a crisp fall day.

As the event progressed, I saw that people were not just there to be handed a plant. Perhaps to the surprise of the many women in heels and men in ties, their work cubicles and office lighting didn’t sap their bodies of outdoor spirit entirely. They rolled up their sleeves, grabbed trowels and got dirty.

On October 7th and 17th, it’ll be time to do it all again.


This year we are once again offering Adopt a Geranium Day on Wednesday, October 7th from 10:30AM to 12:30PM. In addition, we will also have our Fall Community Planting Day on Saturday, October 17th, from 11AM to 1PM.

The Adopt a Geranium event will provide participants with a free geranium from the Bowling Green Park, in preparation for our fall tulip bulb planting. Participants will also have the opportunity to dig up their own geranium and pot, if they so choose. The Downtown Alliance will provide woven recyclable totes to carry home the potted geranium. For Fall Community Planting Day, we will have free pumpkins for participants to decorate, in addition to bulb and kale planting.