Downtown Syracuse Now Blooming in Shades of Gold, Yellow as the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. Debuts Fall Planting Program
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Syracuse, NY – The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. is excited to introduce a new fall planting program for the 2017 season, continuing its overall beautification mission. Wednesday morning, members of the Downtown Committee staff planted 115 mum plants throughout Downtown Syracuse, beginning in Hanover Square at 9:00 am. The crew also planted mums throughout M. Lemp Park, at the corner of West Fayette and Warren Streets (map); at points along the Onondaga Creekwalk where it runs through Downtown (at the Trailhead near the Museum of Science and Technology and at Walton and Fayette Streets); throughout Armory Square and along Harrison Street, bringing shades of gold throughout Downtown as we collectively all officially “fall” into the autumnal season.
The new fall flower program is designed to build upon the success of the Downtown Committee’s hanging flower basket program, now seven seasons strong. The hanging flower basket program – featuring cascading purple petunias from Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses - was first introduced in 2011 and relies on sponsorships and donations to support the program. This past season, a total of 335 hanging flower baskets were installed throughout the Cathedral Square, Hanover Square, Clinton Square, Armory Square, and Heart of Downtown neighborhoods. The hanging flower basket program, which begins in May and lasts through early September, is sponsored by more than 50 Downtown Syracuse friends, businesses and property owners. A grant provided by Syracuse Parks Conservancy helps support the fall planting program.
“Just as the purple petunias have become a symbol of pride that our Downtown neighbors and friends feel for their neighborhoods, we hope the mums will continue to provide an exciting element in Downtown Syracuse as we transition into fall,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. “Every year when the hanging flower baskets come down, neighbors tell us that they wish we could keep them up longer. Since mums thrive during this time of year, we see this as a wonderful opportunity to extend Downtown’s ‘Flower Power’ and start a new tradition.”
For more information about the Downtown Committee’s overall beautification efforts and how you can play a role, please visit www.downtownsyracuse.com/flowers.
Kevin Stanard uses a trowel before planting a mum plant in M. Lemp Park.
Mums cascade down over flower beds surrounding the Hanover Square fountain.