Volunteers wanted for Helena’s annual Basket Planting Day

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–The Helena Beautification Board is excited to announce its annual Basket Planting Day set for Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Everyone is invited to join as the HBB will celebrate spring by planting Helena’s beloved flower baskets. This year’s event will include planting more than 50 hanging baskets, 11 pole planter baskets and installing shrubs to complete the Welcome Center Pergola refurbishment.

All volunteers are asked to meet at the Caboose at 8 a.m.

“Assembling 60 plus baskets seems like a daunting task, but with our assembly line process and a bunch of volunteers, we usually knock it out in no time at all,” Helena Beautification Board Chairman Chris VanCleave said. “People who live in and visit Helena expect to see these baskets, and we aim to please. The board selects plants for maximum impact and display. It’s all a part of our continuing effort to delight and inspire residents and visitors alike. Bring your friends and family and together let’s make Helena Beautiful.”

“Partnerships matter and our unique partnership with the Public Works Department allows the board to coordinate and ensure planting success each year and the city provides watering resources throughout the growing season to keep the plants looking their best,” Board Vice Chairman Brian Puckett said. “We’ll also be completing our planting project around the Welcome Center Caboose Pergola. We’ll be planting sustainable roses that will provide color all season long.”

The Helena Beautification Board is an appointed board of the Helena City Council. The board believes that people and places are profoundly connected and thriving communities are rooted in individual responsibility and action. They host a variety of opportunities for the community to come together and serve each year. Events are posted on the Helena Beautiful Facebook page and announced via Twitter at @TweetHomeHelena.