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What the America in Bloom Judges saw in Holliston - part 2

by The Publisher
October 17, 2018

Flowers (FL) Recommendations:

Congratulations to Holliston for their many stunning floral displays. The border flower and landscape bed created on either side of Town Hall were very attractive, as was the front border of the Central Burial Grounds cemetery. The floral planting in front of the Congregational Church was more impressive this year than when we first saw it at the America in Bloom Symposium last autumn. The recent addition of white flowering hydrangeas has made it even more spectacular. One portion of the cemetery bed has been planted with a dwarf variety to ensure that flower growth does not obscure signage.

We recommend planting the same variety of dwarf plants in the border area between Town Hall and the Congregational Church so that the theme is consistent and the signs in this area are not obscured.

In addition to the stunning Big Bed border flowers, the new street-scape renovations have provided streetlight and signpoles that have been affixed with double hanging baskets for floral displays. We recommend using vertical ‘thriller’ plants, such as colorful ornamental grasses, or dwarf canna, which would disguise the hanger chains.

The hanging baskets filled with pink petunias in the downtown area are lovely, although probably not large enough or to scale for the area where they are located. We recommend you consider the scale of the location where you want to hang your baskets–use something that will make a statement but that won’t be too large and get too heavy. An 18-inch diameter hanging basket is a standard size for commercial outdoor use. We observed some baskets that were without sufficient irrigation. These baskets also were void of basket liners. Basket liners keep plants healthy and improve water circulation, as well as facilitating the replanting of seasonal species.

 

We commend the many businesses along Washington Street, to include the Mobil Mart and Banking establishments.These businesses have realized the many benefits that floral displays bring to a community and have voluntarily incorporated colorful flowers into adjacent landscapes.

For the flowering landscapes program in general, we recommend developing a suggested palette of flowering herbaceous perennials and woody plants that would encouragea consistent theme along Washington Street. We were pleased to see that some merchants had added additional planted containers to further add color to their building frontage,(although the barrels pictured could use some attention, the plantings are colorful). We recommend implementing a “community color” incentive program, wherein participating merchants can receive discounts at local nurseries or garden centers when purchasing annual “theme” plants that have been selected by Holliston in Bloom. We also suggest extending this program to include residents who have been selected as Garden Club winners.

We were pleased to see the Seed Library on display at the Town Library. We recommend a more aggressive public outreach program to let residents know how the Seed Library can help them enhance their home gardens. Consider a Girl Scout project to expand this opportunity for the community.

 

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