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Keep Kokomo Beautiful campaign kicks off April 5


The Greater Kokomo Downtown Association invites residents, businesses and community organizations to lend a hand and keep our community looking beautiful through its Keep Kokomo Beautiful campaign.

This year, the event will include four events and the planting of more than 1,000 flower baskets that will adorn street lights around the community, as well as downtown garden planting and trail maintenance.

The event is in its fourth year and has enjoyed tremendous community support since its beginning, said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown creative placemaking for the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.

“The Kokomo community is known for its beautiful flower baskets,” Alexander said. “And the fact that a community of volunteers comes together to plant those baskets make them even more beautiful.”

In 2017, the Keep Kokomo Beautiful initiative engaged 350 volunteers, planted 1,100 flower baskets and more than 100 garden areas, and removed nearly 1 ton of debris from the Wildcat Creek and the community’s walking trails.

“It’s about so much more than flowers,” Alexander said. “It’s about residents being proud of the community they call home and giving them an opportunity to take ownership of it.”

In 2018, there will be four events that include flower planting, garden maintenance, and a trail maintenance project to enhance the beauty of Kokomo and Howard County.

Alexander encourages advocacy groups, teams from businesses and organizations, and families and individuals to participate in the events.

“This is a great way to demonstrate that your organization supports the community,” she said.

The 2018 campaign kicks off Thursday, April 5, with flower basket planting at The Garden, formerly known as Lybrook Landscaping, 4476 S. 00 East-West, Kokomo. There will be two sessions of plantings that day, one from 9 to 11 a.m. and a second from 4 to 6 p.m. At each event that day, volunteers will be served a free meal from Hawg Heaven.

The planting will resume in May as volunteers will gather for two work days. First up will be annual planting at the City Hall Gazebo, 100 S. Union St., from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, volunteers will plant the downtown container and alley gardens, meeting on the Courthouse Square at the corner of Main and Sycamore streets.

There will be a Garden & Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday, July 21. That day, volunteers will work from 9 to 11 a.m. and will start the morning at the City Hall Gazebo, 100 S. Union St.

All four events are free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring along work gloves, knee pads and their favorite gardening tools to each event. To register for Keep Kokomo Beautiful events, visit

The campaign is made possible through partnerships with the city of Kokomo, Dave Lybrook of The Garden, Howard County, Wildcat Guardians, Howard County Stormwater District, Hawg Heaven, Discover Howard County Trails and Sunbelt Rentals.

For more information, contact Susan Alexander at 765-457-5301 or by email at