Project Petunia out to beautify town

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer
abradbury@fortfrances.com

Project Petunia is looking for sponsors to add some flower power to Fort Frances.

The annual project has been blooming in Fort Frances for 21 years. The project enables Fort Frances residents and businesses to sponsor hanging baskets of flowers that will be placed on the light poles along Scott St.

The Fort Frances Museum is coordinating the project this year and curator Kayleigh Speirs says the project is a great opportunity for residents to contribute to the town.

“People can actually participate in something that makes the town more visually appealing to everybody,” Speirs said. “Like tourists but also locals. People can say that they played some part in making the town look better.”

The town is partnering with Lowey’s Produce Greenhouse and Market gardens for the flowers this year.

“We’re going with Lowey’s this year,” Speirs said. “They’re going to be the ones creating the baskets for us, which is super exciting.”

The sponsorship letter says that “Baskets can be sponsored on behalf of yourself, your business/organization, as a gift, or in honour/memoriam of a loved one. Sponsor a basket for $50 for one year or $100 for a two-year commitment.”

Those who donate will be acknowledged on the Fort Frances Museum’s online platforms as well as in an ad in the Fort Frances Times.

For more information you can contact Speirs at the museum by phone at 274-7891, Ext. 2 or by email at kspeirs@fortfrances.ca or by visiting the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.