Geranium Lovers Occupy Bowling Green Park!

The rain held off yesterday and nearly 4,000 Bowling Green Park geraniums found themselves in the arms of thousands of Lower Manhattan residents and workers. In its fourth year, the wildly popular Adopt-a-Geranium event drew a constant stream of flower lovers, who waited patiently in a steadily moving line that wrapped around the park’s historic gates.

Adopt-A-Geranium Day 2011

Downtown Alliance President Elizabeth Berger and Council Member Margaret Chin pass out thousands of fresh geraniums.

Digging flowers up just as fast as they were given away, hardworking Downtown Alliance staff could barely keep up with demand. Luckily Downtown Alliance President Elizabeth Berger and Council Member Margaret Chin were at the helm, helping eager participants select the perfect plant. You can see some of the proud owners with their new flowers here.

Chef Maximo Lopez May

Andaz Wall Street’s Wall & Water Executive Chef Maximo Lopez May stands with his newly adopted geraniums.

Now that all of the geraniums have found loving homes, the Downtown Alliance is excited to prepare for its next Green Around Lower Manhattan event, Fall Community Planting Day, taking place on Saturday, October 22 from 10 AM to Noon. In preparation for spring, volunteers will help plant thousands of tulip bulbs in the same place the geraniums once proudly grew. What better way to occupy one of New York City’s oldest parks!

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