Petunias

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Historic, Parks

The Petunia Story (an excerpt from Keep Charlevoix Beautiful):

In early January, 1982, an organization called Keep Charlevoix Beautiful held a meeting to discuss ways of 
making Charlevoix more beautiful, mainly by placing a few barrels of flowers around town.  Historian Bob Miles 
whispered to Dale Boss, "I don't think anything I've heard so far adds too much to making Charlevoix beautiful."  To that, Dale replied, "Just wait until everyone gets through talking and see what I have in mind."  Dale told those present that it sounded wild, but for years he had envisioned having petunias line both sides of the roadway from city limit to city limit.  He suggested financing the plan by selling license plates to everyone in town in one evening.  The group decided that the idea had merit, and perhaps they should try it.  Thus was born "Operation Petunia."

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Now the petunias stretch 5 miles on each side of US 31 with a total of around 70,000 petunia plants. Each year the petunias are planted by 800-1,000 community volunteers in a few short hours during Operation Petunia. After the planting volunteers celebrate with a community picnic.

In addition to the roadside display, downtown Charlevoix would not be complete without the gorgeous baskets that hang from the light poles. There are 135 baskets that create a beautiful sight and smell surrounding the streets downtown.

The Petunia Story (an excerpt from Keep Charlevoix Beautiful):

In early January, 1982, an organization called Keep Charlevoix Beautiful held a meeting to discuss ways of 
making Charlevoix more beautiful, mainly by placing a few barrels of flowers around town.  Historian Bob Miles 
whispered to Dale Boss, "I don't think anything I've heard so far adds too much to making Charlevoix beautiful."  To that, Dale replied, "Just wait until everyone gets through talking and see what I have in mind."  Dale told those present that it sounded wild, but for years he had envisioned having petunias line both sides of the roadway from city limit to city limit.  He suggested financing the plan by selling license plates to everyone in town in one evening.  The group decided that the idea had merit, and perhaps they should try it.  Thus was born "Operation Petunia."

For the full story click here

Now the petunias stretch 5 miles on each side of US 31 with a total of around 70,000 petunia plants. Each year the petunias are planted by 800-1,000 community volunteers in a few short hours during Operation Petunia. After the planting volunteers celebrate with a community picnic.

In addition to the roadside display, downtown Charlevoix would not be complete without the gorgeous baskets that hang from the light poles. There are 135 baskets that create a beautiful sight and smell surrounding the streets downtown.