Helena Beautification Board receives plant donation from HBA

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA – The Helena Business Association recently made a generous donation to the Helena Beautification Board for the creation of a bed of roses in Old Town.

“People visit Helena for many reasons, but all are in awe of the roses that bloom here,” Immediate Past President of the Helena Business Association Andy Healy said. “They work to create a town we can all be proud of and the Helena Business Association is proud contribute to the city’s beautification efforts in this way.”

“Many municipalities do not correlate beautification efforts with economic development but Helena however, does,” Helena City Councilman and Board Vice Chairman Brian Puckett said. “The board’s beautification efforts are all a part of an overall plan to enhance the quality of life for our residents and to provide ‘first visuals’ for visitors who might be wanting to shop our merchants, establish a business or move their family here. This planting of roses will create a visual impact to the welcome center area, and we value the ongoing partnership with the HBA.”

The roses, planted in a bed near the welcome center caboose, are an English variety named “The Lady of Shallot,” which is a large double flowered rose with salmon-pink blooms and was named an American Garden Rose Selection winner for the southeast in 2017. This variety is known for its bloom power, disease resistance and its appealing apple and clove fragrance.

“We are excited to have these shrubs in to be able to add to the ongoing revitalization of the entryway of Old Town. Everyone that passes by these roses when in bloom will be in for a treat,” Helena Beautification Board Chairman Chris VanCleave said.

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.

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