The Marigolds Project – Going Green
Every June, nearly 40,000 marigolds are planted by over 900 students along Main Street in Saint John. Now in its 18th year, Marigolds on Main Street has blossomed into The Marigolds Project, with community gardens sprouting up all over Greater Saint John. With a new theme of Going Green, close to 60 schools from Sussex to St. Stephen will be participating in this year’s planting on Thursday, June 4.
The Marigolds Committee has decided that along with beautifying neighbourhoods, engaging children and increasing community pride, a major focus will be on the health of our environment.
In addition to planting 40,000 marigolds, each participant will receive a spruce seedling to plant around their community.
Working alongside participating schools, the project includes an emphasis on teaching students about the natural world, the role plants/trees play in a healthy environment, and the importance of sustaining a healthy environment for future generations.
The Marigolds Project’s plant day is set for Thursday, June 4, 2015. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30 am in front of McDonalds, 399 Main Street, Saint John. The morning will include the planting of marigolds along Main Street, a presentation of the Marigold Awards celebrating community volunteerism, Centennial School Choir singing the Marigold Song and greetings on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Saint John.
Special recognition and appreciation is extended to participating schools, the City of Saint John Growth and Community Development Services, Saint John Police Force, and Corporate representatives from Halifax Seed, McDonalds, Scotiabank, and Xerox. Support from these groups enables The Marigolds Project to grow year after year.
For more information about the project, visit www.marigolds.ca