2022 2nd Street Adopt-A-Pot Fundraiser

Historic Frenchtown Association welcomes our community to help beautify our eclectic neighborhood by adopting one or more planters on 2nd Street for the 2022 growing season. Your donation of $100 per pot includes: A planter sign with the pot sponsor name(s) with one of two options to select a HFA flower & plant package from Parkview Gardens Florist & Greenhouse OR plant your own flower/plant choices! Preparation, planting, maintenance and watering are the responsibility of the adopter.

To participate, begin by adopting one of the pots on 2nd street. Click the “To Adopt-A-Pot” button below which will redirect you to a new tab. From the new tab, you can select a pot based on the pot’s address/location and then click “Check Out”. Repeat this process if you would like to adopt more than one pot this season. Once you’ve chosen your pot, you will bring your emailed receipt to Parkview if you plan to utilize a pre-selected flower and plant package. Your sign will be added to your pot once it’s adopted.

For questions, please contact a member of the HFA Board.


When to Plant!

You may begin work on your pot as soon as you adopt! In preparation for the Frenchtown Sister Cities tour by representatives from Montbeliard, France please ensure your adopted pot is planted no later than Friday, May 13, 2022.


Do’s & Don’ts

Don’t*…

Please no wacky (illegal) or dangerous plants. Please do not use profanity, controversial or political topics in your adopted pot. Please do not paint or alter the pot(s) in anyway.

*Offensive items will be removed. Repeat issues will result in your pot being re-adopted.

Do…

Be creative! Consider a theme like a sensory, pollinator-friendly or memory garden for your pot! Take care of your flower and plant babies! Add pops of color! Water based on the requirements of the plants you select! Share the HFA adopt a pot program with friends & neighbors! Consider using MO native plants that thrive in full sun and use less water! Post pics of your pot(s) on social media and tag HFA! Most importantly HAVE FUN!


Resources & Links

Some suggested container plants for full sun include Fame Flower, Prickly Pear Cactus, Agave or False Aloe and Paririe Dropseed. Click on the buttons below for even more ideas including sample pot planting graphics!

Facebook has many groups that focus on MO native plants, container gardening & the like! Here is an excerpt from a really great FB post:

Container Gardening with MO Native Plants
General planting instructions:
1. Use a container with a drain hole(s) at the bottom.
2. Use commercial soil-less #potting_mix and fill up to 3” from the top of container.
3. Use diagrams as your guide and start planting.
4. Don’t mash or pack soil around the roots after watering.
5. Keep evenly moist.
When choosing native plants for your project, keep in mind these three words: #Thrillers, #Fillers, and #Spillers.
THRILLERS are #natives that catch your attention. They are the “piece de resistance” or superstar of the container garden.
– Blue Star (Amsonia illustris)- Grey Sedge (Carex greyi)- New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)- White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)- Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)- Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)- Copper Iris (Iris fulva)- Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pyncnostachya)- Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)- Sweet Coneflower (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)- Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)- Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)- Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)
FILLERS as the name suggests, add mass and fill gaps in the container.
– Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)- Pussy Toes (Antennaria parlinii)- Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)- Oak Sedge (Carex albicans)- Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)- Blue Waxweed (Cuphea viscosissima)- Coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)- Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)- Purple-headed Sneezeweed (Helenium flexuosum)- Willow-leafed Sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis)- Littleflower Alumroot (Heuchera parviflora)- Alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)- Crested Iris (Iris cristata)- False Solomon’s Seal (Maianthemum stellatum)- Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans)- Slender Mountain Mist (Pycanthermum tenuifolium)- Missouri Coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis)- Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
SPILLERS drape over the side of the container, adding dimension to the overall look.
– Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)- Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe involucrata)- Wild Strawberry (Fregaria vesca)- Rose Verbena (Glandularia canadensis)- Sand Pholx (Phlox bifida)- Barren Strawberry (Waldstenia fragarioides)
Once you’ve gotten your natives in a pot, give them their first dose of water. As soon as it soaks in, water them a second time. In the succeeding days, watering will depend on soil moisture or dryness upon touch. Please note that in the summer, heat can make plants look wilted. It doesn’t necessarily mean they need water. Before you grab that watering can, stick a finger one to two inches into the dirt and feel for dryness.
*”Container Gardening with Native Plants” by Andrea DeLong-Amaya courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center**”Native Plant Container Gardening” by Mervin Wallace courtesy of GrowNative.org


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