Akron Residents Appreciate Community Improvement Efforts of Keep Akron Beautiful

By Cindy Pantea

Keep Akron Beautiful cash donation and note for beautification

“Just a note” from a proud Akron resident.

As an Administrative Assistant for Keep Akron Beautiful, one of my jobs is to record monies received from fundraising, donations, and grants. One thing I know is that Akron residents like the community improvement efforts of Keep Akron Beautiful and want to help.

From the Overwood Triangles Group  who is “happy to be a part of beautifying our city,” to the single water bill donor, Susan, who added “Love the flowers,” with an accompanying smiley face, you all make this job of mine more awesome every day!

And to Timothy, Wendy, Stephen, Judith, Renee, and anyone else who has written notes to thank the program and crews for the beautification work, your words have been forwarded on…most definitely.

Last but not least, although the words of thanks are a little added “fun” in the donation envelope, we cannot stress enough that everyone’s donations throughout the year, in a tough economy, is much appreciated and allows us to Keep Akron Beautiful for YOU as well as out-of-town visitors you may want to brag to by showing our wonderful Akron city Flowerscapes.

On behalf of Keep Akron Beautiful, thank you, and we look forward to more of your notes.

If you want to say more, reply to this post. We would love to read your comments!

Suffering Impatiens? Downy Mildew Fungus Is Likely the Issue

By Polly Kaczmarek, Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape Director

Are you having trouble with your impatiens this year? There is a fungus among us!

“Downy Mildew” is causing real problems for impatiens (walleriana – the common variety we all know and love) in many areas of the country. We have found it in all of our impatiens plantings in our Flowescape gardens and I have seen it in many other beds and planters in this area. Fortunately it does not affect New Guineas and ’Sunpatiens’ varieties, as this article found on the Greenhouse Grower website also alludes. The plants are infected by soil and airborne spores that are capable of wintering over in this area.

The infected plants are generally yellowing and lose their leaves from the bottom of the stem up. If you look closely at the underside of the leaves, you will see a fine white coating. Eventually, the plant will die. There is no cure for this disease!

The recommendation is to remove all infected plants from your garden immediately, place them in a plastic bag and dispose of them. Remove all stems and roots. Do not compost! Do not plant impatiens in the affected area next year!



Beautification Watch Awards Mailing On The Way To 5,000 Akron Homes

By Jacqui Flaherty and Cindy Pantea

Beautification Watch Awards are being stuffed and sent out this week! What a record year for Keep Akron Beautiful–we are sending out 5,000 Beautification Watch Awards! Make sure to keep checking your mail box–you may have been selected by one of the Keep Akron Beautiful volunteers for a Beautification Watch Award. Thank you for all that you do to keep your yard blooming and litter free!

Keep Akron Beautiful would like to give a special ‘thank you’ to all of our hardworking Beautification Watch Volunteers for all of their help! We couldn’t have done this without you!

Want to see more photos of beautiful Akron flowerscapes and Adopt-A-Sites like the one at left?