Town council approves the "Adopt a Flower Bed" policy
By Nancy Lindsey
The Stuart Town Council voted unanimously May 20 to approve an "Adopt a Flower Bed" program under which businesses, groups or individuals agree to plant and maintain the designated flower beds in the town.
Council member and Vice Mayor Rebecca Adcock said the program is designed to keep all the flower beds looking "similar" but still have some flexibility about the plants selected.
Business owners will be offered the first opportunity to adopt a garden spot in close proximity to their businesses, Adcock said, and after that applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
"A clean, litter-free, and aesthetically pleasing community is fundamental to upholding the values and beauty of the town of Stuart," the policy states. "To help maintain attractive streets, parks, neighborhoods, streams, and natural areas, and to encourage local involvement, the town has created the Adopt a Flower Bed Program."
Participants will agree to install and maintain a planted area or bed for a two-year period, the and town will provide a recognition sign at the adopted site. Phrases such as "in honor of" or "in memory of" will not be permitted on the signs, the policy states.
Potential participants should contact the town office to apply.
The program includes a list of approved plants, which includes the following hardy annuals and perennials: coreopsis, rose campion (a member of the pinks family, not a traditional rose), Spanish lavender and lavender Provence, candytuft nigella, Marguerite daisy, nasturtiums, pineapple sage, holy basil, amaranthus, celosia, cleome, coleus, cosmos, Dahliberg daisy, dahlia, dianthus, dusty Miller, gazania, gypsophilia (baby's breath), flowering kale, marigold and petunia.
The list includes the following perennials: salvia (meadow sage), coreopsis, speedwell (Veronica), ice plant, creeping thymes, rudbeckia, coneflower, liatris, sedum, hardy geranium, gaillardia, hardy mums, verbena, and three types of grasses--feather reed, blue fescue and switch grass.
The list does not include daylilies, which town officials have planted in several areas of the town, especially during the downtown revitalization program a few years ago.
The garden spots available for adoption include: the welcome to Stuart sign across from Walmart on Rt. 58; the corner of Blue Ridge Street and Main Street at the Stuart Post Office; the Main Street planting areas in front of Wanda's Estate Jewelry, Nationwide Insurance, Marilyn's Florist, My Friend's Closet, and the Tae Kwan Do Studio.
Other flower beds include the Main Street and Rye Cove intersection (the old Lemon's Jewelry); the intersection of Main Street and the parking lot for Divine Designs; the cross-over bridge in downtown Stuart (both sides), and the area around the Stuart Farmers' Market.