Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Bloomin' loverly

by Brad Lindberg

October 04, 2012

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — A notion to dress up city gardens won notice from a state beatification group.Representatives of Project Bloom, a campaign by City of Grosse Pointe volunteers to privately sponsor public gardens, will accept a Keep Michigan Beautiful President’s Plaque at an Oct. 19 luncheon in Troy.Project Bloom, conceived in February, lived up to its name.“We were only going to do four gardens,” said David Calcaterra, credited by fellow City Beautification Com-mission members as the program’s key driver. “Before we knew it, it was every garden in the Village.”“All the flower beds are full,” said Mayor Dale Scrace. “People have said the Village never looked better.”There’s a waiting list to sponsor gardens next year, Calcaterra added.“It was the effort of everyone, including all the residents,” said Tracy Lyon, commission chair, receiving a mayoral proclamation last week.The proclamation recognized Lyon’s “leadership and dedicated service to the City and surrounding communities and wish Project Bloom continued success.”“She’s worked tirelessly to promote and beautify the City of Grosse Pointe,” Scrace said.“It’s my pleasure to do this for the City because I love where I live,” Lyon said.Donations totaling $5,000 funded plantings this year in the Village and Neff Park.Preparations are under way for another round next spring.“Anybody who wants to join us, we’d be happy to have you on planting day,” Lyon said.“Tracy gardens rain or shine,” said Susan Budrys, commissioner.