Some energetic and talented gardeners want to give Marietta's entryways a dash of color and we wish them well. The program is called Marietta In Bloom.
The seed for the idea was planted by local resident Frank Christy, who has seen dashes of colorful flowers around town and was impressed by flowers he saw recently on a trip to Europe.
Christy got Marietta College first lady Diane Bruno involved along with the city's impressive cadre of master gardeners and things took off. Last month, they dressed up the city's entry at Market Street and Fort Harmar Drive.
More work is planned at entries to the city on Pike Street and Muskingum Drive. Organizers even would like to expand their work to planters at the Valley Gem dock off Front Street and along the newly expanded River Trail.
And the hope is volunteers from all over the city will get involved. Residents on Front and Third streets also will be approached about adding flower displays to their yards.
Marietta in Bloom has set up a fund with the Marietta Community Foundation to provide flowers and pots. Residents are asked to maintain the flowers. Participants can get discounts on daffodil bulbs, too. We encourage you to dig in and plant some flowers. Marietta will look better.
There are some important dates ahead, as detailed in the weekend edition, if you want to get involved:
Tuesday, Oct. 15 - 9 a.m. at the planters by the Marietta sign at Ohio 7 and Market Street.
Saturday, Oct. 19 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the planters at the Valley Gem lot on Front Street.
Saturday, Oct. 26 - Planting in multiple locations as part of Make a Difference Day.
Maybe Marietta's blooming idea at least can be as successful as Belpre's, which has won awards for its Belpre in Bloom effort. It sounds like a great way to improve the appearance of our city and add some color to our lives.