News from Downtown
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The Downtown Missoula Partnership announces the boulevard flowers program will be extended to the end of October, possibly later. Traditionally, the flowers are removed and composted the Monday following University of Montana’s Homecoming. It was decided this year, however, the flowers should stay up as long as they are vital.
In total, 97 flower baskets hang from poles throughout Downtown Missoula and Caras Park. The diligence of the Downtown Facilities Staff combined with the quality of flowers provided by Pink Grizzly has contributed to a landmark year in the program. Facilities staff water the flowers every day (twice during especially hot days) on foot with a watering cart or using the new Downtown Multipurpose Vehicle.
Shane Clouse, owner of Pink Grizzly, has provided flowers for the program for many years. He designs arrangements made to endure the highs and lows of Missoula’s summer. The flowers have endured the peak heat of summer down to the two frosts Missoula has experienced so far. “The MDA staff took extra care to keep the Downtown flower baskets looking vibrant. They are the best I've seen in my time with MDA,” Clouse said.
A corps of volunteers from the Downtown business community assists with the setup and removal year after year, volunteering their own trucks and time. The flowers have suffered no vandalism and the Partnership office has received much positive feedback.
Because the weather is growing colder, the flowers will need less water but more care in coming weeks. Business owners and residents are encouraged to keep an eye on baskets in their area, covering them with trash bags during suspected frosts and contacting the Downtown Missoula Partnership with any questions or concerns.
For more information, visit facebook.com/missouladowntown, missouladowntown.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 543-4238.
Join us at Garlington, Lohn and Robinson’s beautiful LEED certified building to learn a little about the law firm that traces its roots back to 1870. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Downtown Missoula from their 6th floor meeting space and enjoy some delicious coffee and pastries with your fellow MDA members.