Ouray Main Street flowers bring color to the city
Written by Administrator
Sunday, 28 April 2013 02:31
By Sheridan Block
Ouray will blossom into the summer season as Main Street’s sidewalks will be decorated with bright and colorful flowers and flags.
For five years now, the annual Flags and Flowers project, organized by the city’s Beautification Committee, ushered in the summer months and created an inviting environment for tourists and locals alike.
Hanging baskets will dangle from the city’s acorn posts on June 10, and the committee and volunteers will plant and arrange flowers along the sidewalks on June 11. Businesses are encouraged to participate by planting bouquets of their own outside their shops. Flowers will be planted in old whiskey barrels and accompanied by mining artifacts donated by members of the community.
“In the spirit of Ouray’s history, we try to tie in mining equipment and any kind of implements that are objects of art, like primitive art,” said Flower Committee Chair Cindy McCord. “It’s really fitting for the history of Ouray, I think.”
Tourists are often fascinated by the creative display and often ask about the artifacts included. McCord said she hopes that this will encourage visitors to return to Ouray and help businesses in the area as well.
The committee is trying to achieve a “country garden” look with their arrangements, which will include three shades of wave petunias, lobelia and yellow million bells. McCord and her staff have experimented and researched different types of flowers that will adjust well with Ouray’s altitude and climate. Because it’s difficult for plants to grow and survive in the mountainous environment, they are being grown and kept at a greenhouse in Vernal, Utah.
“In this climate, we don’t see much growth. That’s what we found out the hard way,” said McCord.
When the plants are transferred from their desert-like surroundings to Ouray, they tend to go into shock, she said. After a while they acclimate and maintain throughout the season. Volunteers are vital for the flowers’ survival as they help tend the plants throughout the summer.
Volunteers will be needed at 10 a.m. on June 11 to help with planting. Individuals can also sign up to be a member of the TLC groups that help maintain the flowers, including trimming when needed. The city will be responsible for daily watering.
Those who wish to help but are unable to volunteer can also donate money and equipment. The project is financed through donations, and McCord said there are many groups of people who have continually been supportive of the Beautification Committee’s efforts.
Any amount is appreciated though donors can opt to purchase a hanging planter for $50 or fill a barrel with flowers for $25. Checks can be made out to “The City of Ouray” with “OBC Flower Fund” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the City of Ouray or dropped off at City Hall.
Volunteers should contact Cindy McCord at 970-325-9934 or 970-986-9070.
“I think it’s a real win-win for businesses in town and the community in terms of civic pride… I’m hoping this year will be more beautiful than ever,” said McCord.