BANGOR- If you walk through downtown Bangor, you might notice an abundance of rose flowers and other flora.
That’s because, for the last eight years officials from the Downtown Bangor Partnership has organized their adopt-a-garden program to get people and organizations involved with the downtown area.
“Some of them are tree pits in the street, there are adopt-a-garden is the parkways and along in the streams. Just kind of any possible plantable spaces in downtown, we like to put out as an adopt-a-gardens,” Downtown Bangor Coordinator Betsy Lundy said.
She added that there’s about 150 garden plots spread all over Downtown Bangor.
“And then people adopt them, plant them and take care of them over the summer and so each garden has a different person taking care of it and so they all have their own little personalities and have really different looks and you can plant wherever you want in them.”
Every year in the spring, an adopt-a-garden map is published and any individuals or organizations can fill out a form and select an available adopt a garden plot
“First of all the adopt-a-garden program adds a lot of color and vibrancy to downtown Bangor in the summer time, it’s also a really great way for everybody to feel involved in downtown and become a part of the community,” Lundy said.
While it’s too late to adopt a garden plot, there are sponsorship opportunities to maintain the plots through the summer and fall.
Sponsorship costs start at $100.
“So its a great way for people to give back to downtown but also to enhance their feelings of community by planting their garden downtown, that way people who don’t own businesses downtown or live downtown can still feel part of the downtown community,” Lundy said.
To learn more, go to Downtown Bangor’s Facebook page.