The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department is searching for volunteers to help with the annual observance of "Plant Reynoldsburg" on May 8.

The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department is searching for volunteers to help with the annual observance of "Plant Reynoldsburg" on May 8.

The event aims to beautify the community by having residents plant a variety of flowers in the many beds located near the city's buildings and in its parks.

Parks and recreation department director Jason Shamblin said staff members will be on hand to assist all volunteers. Those interested in helping are asked to register and show up at the municipal building, 7232 E. Main St. at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Plant Reynoldsburg will last until noon.

"We encourage volunteers to come out and beautify the community," Shamblin said. "We provide all plants and we'll also give the first 50 volunteers a special T-shirt specially designed for this year.

"We want people, anyone who is interested, to just come out and enjoy, have fun and join in the ownership and pride in the community," he said.

The department's horticulture staff will be on hand to provide the plants, instructions, tools, kneepads and refreshments. Participants are asked to bring trowels and gloves, if they have them.

The flowers used are grown in the department's two greenhouses on Truro Road. City horticulturalist Delayne Williams said last year more than 4,000 plants were planted during the event.

Williams has worked with the city as its horticulturist since 2004 and before that, was a gardener for the city of Columbus for four years.

She received a degree in greenhouse management in 1995 from the Agricultural Technical Institute, a branch of The Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio.

Each year, Williams said, she begins growing all the flowers during the winter months. She said they are tiny when planted but grow throughout the summer and last until about October.

"These are pretty small plants we plant," she said. "People can drive by City Hall and watch them grow up they get really full around June."

She said she likes to present a different variety of colorful flowers each year for Plant Reynoldsburg.

This year, there will be a variety of annuals, including two different kinds of lantana, three varieties of angelonia, and some gomphrenas, elephant ears, petunias and coleus, just to name a few.

Volunteers will be planting flowers at Huber Park, the Senior Center and in the areas around the municipal and police buildings and the school district's administration building.

Shamblin said if time allows, they may plant flowers at the Livingston House and Civic Park. Williams said Plant Reynoldsburg will go on, rain or shine.

Those interested in volunteering should contact the parks and recreation department at (614) 322-6806.

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