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#BringBackTheBloom Downtown Flower Baskets
A local manufacturing industry designed, created and donated 66 large flower baskets to be attached to local lamp posts Downtown. The baskets were all sponsored within a matter of a couple days by businesses, community members and in honor of residents both near and far. This sponsorship will help with the ongoing costs of the baskets each year. Many local business professionals came out in April for the "Raising of the Baskets" to help install them on the lamp posts. Downtown was flooded with professionals in suits and ties with their socket wrenches tightening the bolts to attach to poles.
The flowers that were planted this year were paid for in part by a grant written and received from the Neosho High School FFA. They were instrumental in working with local greenhouses and gardeners researching the best flowers for the baskets and then were also on the planting team. The planting team also consisted of the Leadership Group from Neosho Junior High and several of our Chamber Members. The baskets are maintained daily through a grant received by the local Wal-Mart store, which pays for Adult & Teen Challenge of the Four-States to water them. Adult & Teen Challenge is a local non-profit group that helps men who are overcoming alcohol and drug addictions. These men are seen daily out watering and tending to the flowers Downtown.
#BringBackTheBloom Revitalization of Big Flower Box
The huge vision to revitalize the "World's Largest Flower Box" began in January at the Chamber Board Retreat. 2019 marked the 70th Anniversary of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce and revitalizing the large flower box seemed like a perfect fit. For the past 18 years, visitors who arrive to Neosho via U.S. Highway 60 have been greeted by the World’s Largest Flowerbox, located on North College Street and now part of Morse Park North. The Chamber of Commerce along with a number of local citizens and area businesses spent the early spring season refurbishing the World’s Largest Flowerbox. Members of the Chamber Board of Directors came out to help on a Board Work Day.
This project was led by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, but would not have been possible without the help of so many. The community effort was amazing with people coming to help shovel dirt, donating equipment rentals, plant flowers and truly giving of their time, talent or treasure. With the help of Hillside Gardens and Landscaping, who designed the project and many community members, the World’s Largest Flowerbox is more beautiful than ever.
#BringBackTheBloom Adopt-a-Flower Box
As flowers began to pop up all over town, there were places that we began to notice may not have anyone to take care of. These flowerbeds were placed on the "adoptable flowerbed" list for community members who want to lend a helping hand. Homes resided by elderly citizens, vacant buildings and empty lots began to be manicured and planted with flowers.
"Bloom Festival" Carver Elementary 2nd Grade
With a desire to be a part of the #BringBackTheBloom, a local elementary school asked us to come and talk to their students about what it takes to run a business, from marketing to a business plan. Their "Bloom Market & Festival" was completely student-driven and allowed the 2nd graders to take ownership in what was being done. This Farmer's Market type project ended in a huge festival celebration, in which the community was invited. The entire second grade class decided what plants to grow, starting from seeds. But it doesn’t just teach kids basic science. They also needed to think in terms of math for the market. Plants weren't the only things that were for sale at the Market. They sold painted rocks, for 50 cents so that’s a whole different ballgame for math skills than just whole dollars. The students also used writing skills for advertising and communication skills for homemade commercials. They held a very successful "Bloom Festival" and plan on making this an annual event. Some of the profits made from the Festival were used to sponsor a Downtown flower basket and they even donated $200 towards the renovation of our big Flower Box. The rest of the proceeds are planned on being used to build their own flowerbed around their school building's digital sign.
#BringBackTheBloom Earth Day
Beauty Spot of the Week
Other Community #BringBackTheBloom Projects
#BringBackTheBloom Member Donations/Fundraisers
We have had so many of our members think how they could use their time, talent and treasure to be a part of the #BringBackTheBloom initiative. This has resulted in member product donations for raffles, one of our local boutiques making customized shirts, product donations for the projects involved, and even a custom-made flower box for our office sign. We had no idea that the community support would be so great with this project but it gives us great pride to know that Neosho is living up to it's name, "The Flower Box City" and we will continue to work with our community, members, school district and businesses to grow this each year.
#BringBackTheBloom Long Table Dinner
We hosted well-known, gardener P. Allen Smith for our #BringBackTheBloom Long Table Dinner Fundraiser.
The 2019 Bring Back The Bloom Long Table Event was a beautiful evening that highlighted the success of the initiative and also helped raise funds to continue future projects. The event was held at Hidden Grace Event Center and attendees were encouraged not only reminder about the importance of their role in beautification but also encouraged to dream about future projects.