Huntington In Bloom
HUNTINGTON — As a warm spring rain fell on flowers recently placed throughout Huntington, those who planted them were giving blooms away to kids wishing to give their mothers a colorful Mother’s Day gift.
Tom Bell, chair of Huntington In Bloom, was at Southern States on Saturday with other organization members to hand out flowers and promote their cause.
“We want the people (who) live here, and the ones traveling through, to have a positive attitude about Huntington,” Bell said. “When walking or driving around Huntington, we want people to see flowers, not graffiti.”
Bell said by offering the flowers at no charge to local children, it helps the younger generations appreciate the value of getting their hands dirty to help make where they live more attractive.
HIB works closely with Cabell County Master Gardeners. Ed Barnett, a master gardener, said both organizations share the mission of promoting gardening throughout Huntington and surrounding areas.
“Gardening is important, and we both want the younger people to get involved,” Barnett said.
Bell said HIB still has some planting to wrap up downtown, and then the organization will work on maintaining the blooms throughout the summer.
Ironton In Bloom also had its annual plant sale Saturday. Proceeds from that sale benefit beautification efforts in the city.
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