Bloom with Xenia

The City of Xenia Board for Recreation, Arts, and Cultural Activities (BRACA) is once again collaborating with the Greene County Master Gardeners (GCMG) and the Downtown Xenia Now group for the annual “BLOOM with XENIA … Adopt-A-Spot” program!

This collaborative effort was born in 2010 by the Greene County Master Gardeners, Carol Atzbach, to be specific, based on the City’s on-going need for support to maintain, enhance, and beautify the flower beds and flower pots located in and around our downtown. Due to the City’s significant budget cuts and reduction in staffing in recent years, the flower beds and flower pots were not given priority treatment. We want to change that 1 flower at a time!

Adopter Information
Again this year, the “BLOOM with XENIA … Adopt-A-Spot” program will allow individuals, families, businesses, community groups, non-profits, church groups, PTOs to adopt downtown flower beds and flower pots. In total, there are 36 flower beds and 34 flower pots.

Apply to be a part of the program with this online application or click here to download a PDF file.

The City of Xenia will provide the following support:
  • Flowers for four flower pots around City Hall
  • Routine watering will be done by City Public Service Workers (*more frequent watering may need to be done by the adopter of the flower pots depending the weather)
  • Mulch will be provided for all flower beds on Volunteer Day on Sat., May 14, 2016 at 9 a.m.
  • Debris removal (trash from flower beds, removal of weeds, last year’s dead growth) on Volunteer Day
  • Publicity of the program to include signs to acknowledge the adopters of each flower bed or flower pot
Master Gardener Information
The Greene County Master Gardeners will provide the following support:
  • Training on good gardening practices (learn the difference between what is a weed vs. a flower, how to stage plants and flowers, annuals vs. perennials, etc.)
  • General support for those wanting to adopt a flower bed or flower pot
Downtown Xenia Now
Downtown Xenia Now will participate with helping to promote and support the program. Many downtown businesses are members of Downtown Xenia Now and each have flower beds and flower pots in front of or near their storefronts. A small sign will be placed in the window of a participating business to acknowledge their participation in this year's program.

Citizen Participation
Can we count on you to help Xenia grow, bloom and prosper? Will you Adopt-A-Spot and help us make Xenia a more beautiful place to live, work and play? Contact Carol Atzbach, Master Gardener, at 937-374-1202 as soon as possible to claim your spot or, stay tuned for more details on Volunteer Day when unclaimed flower beds and flower pots will be up for grabs!

We look forward to having you “BLOOM with XENIA!”