BULBS 101: Getting to Know our Bulbs – Part 1

By: Shelby Baker – Communications Intern

Bulbscape has begun and orders have started flying in! If you are considering purchasing bulbs this year but are not sure what types we have, you’re in luck! In this two part blog we will be introducing our bulbs and showing a little of what they have to offer! Check out our first nine bulbs and see if any one sounds like a good fit for your garden!


  • King AlfredKing Alfred Daffodils – Considered the “king” of all daffodils, these bright yellow flowers might intimidate the rest of your garden. King Alfreds bloom rather large and multiple rapidly. If you’re looking for more bang for your buck these are the bulbs for you!





  • Purple DrumsticksPurple Drumsticks – These ball-shaped flowers bloom in at a whopping 2-3′ tall! Drumsticks bloom from May to June and come in a lovely crimson shade. Add these bulbs for a lovely long-lasting accent to your garden!





  • MixedMixed Daffodils – Unlike the King Alfreds, these bulbs bloom with a variety of colors and sizes. Order this stunning combination today and watch your garden be filled with an array of white, yellow and bi-colored bulbs!





  • Red tulipsRed Parade Tulips – Tulips have been a favorite among gardeners for years. With these gorgeous vividly red tulips in your yard you will be envied by the neighborhood. These bulbs will definitely add more color and attraction to your lawn from months!





  • Blueberry RippleBlueberry Ripple Tulip – If you are looking to switch your red tulips for another tulip this year, these are the bulbs for you! Blueberry Ripple Tulips bloom with striking pure white and deep violet-purple flames. Plant these bulbs in your garden and watch them bloom into the most beautiful tulips you could imagine!




  • Super ColorSuper Color Hyacinths – Much like their name suggests, these bulbs are super! If you want bulbs that can do it all these are the bulbs for you! Plant them next to your perennials for an accent. Use them to mark the border of your flower bed. Whatever the purpose, these flowers will leave neighbors in awe of their variety of colors and long lasting fragrance.




  • Indoor Paper WhiteIndoor Narcissus Paper White – Have you ever wanted your bulbs to last year round? If you said yes, then order Indoor Narcissus Paper Whites. These bulbs can be planted inside your home, giving it a lovely smell of spring! They’re also great gifts at showers!





  • FoxtrotFoxtrot Tulips – If you’re looking for an attractive and less-expensive alternative to roses these are the bulbs you have been waiting for. These striking rose-like shaped flowers are a great alternative to give as a gift. They are just as beautiful at half the cost!





  • Alpine BellsAlpine Bells Assortment – This assortment of bulbs is for those who are looking for more than just one kind of bulb. Double your pleasure with this cluster of flowers. With it’s variety in color and strong fragrance, this assortment is sure to rock any garden and give it the zest it needs!




If you looked through our list and decided that none of these bulbs are for you, check out next weeks bulb blog! We will be introducing the rest of the bulbs offered in this year’s Bulbscape fundraiser! Make sure to check it out so you can find the perfect bulb fit for your garden!

Want to know more about bulbs? Make sure to check in on the KAB blog throughout the upcoming weeks. Bulbscape is in season, so we will be sharing more on bulbs to help make sure you are prepped and ready for planting season!

LogoYou can order bulbs now by going to hhtp://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/keepakronbeautiful.php and listing Keep Akron Beautiful in the “Add special instructions to the seller” box!

KAB CEO recognized by 30 for the Future

By: Lauren Brady

Jacqui proudly showing off her award with J. Michael Kolk and Daniel C. Colantone.

On September 3rd, Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) CEO, Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, was honorably recognized by the 30 for the Future program presented by the Greater Akron Chamber.

30 for the Future is a recognition program that is associated with the Young Professionals Network started by the Greater Akron Chamber. 30 for the Future recognizes young professionals ages 25-39 who not only work and/or live in the Akron area, but are also trendsetters within their industries and have a large impact on the area through their service and leadership. An independent committee selected the recipients based on professional and community accomplishments, team building and leadership. The individuals were nominated by members of the Greater Akron Chamber, regional for-profit and nonprofit organizations and their own organizations

Aside from being an extremely hard-working CEO here at KAB, Jacqui is also a member of Junior League of Akron. Junior League of Akron, the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), represents nearly 30 communities and works to raise funds, chair events, create organizations and deliver assistance to people in need within the community. Jacqui is currently one of the chairs for ShowHouse 2016.

Jacqui has also served as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Summit County Juvenile Court System. Jacqui says that this has been her favorite way she has given back to the Greater Akron community so far. She was able to work with multiple children on various cases and is grateful she had the opportunity to ensure the children she worked with would live meaningful lives and be active citizens in their community. Jacqui’s work for CASA  left an impact on the children she was able to work with, and she believes they, too, will make an impact in the Greater Akron community someday.IMG_1777

Aside from Junior League and CASA, Jacqui has also given back to Akron through volunteer work with the Akron Marathon, Summit County Italian Festival, Akron ReadsAkron Waterways Renewed!Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, and Alpha Gamma Delta.

To learn a little more about Jacqui, watch her interview with The Greater Akron Chamber!

Congratulations, Jacqui! Thank you for all you do here at KAB and throughout the entire Akron community!


Starting College and Staying Healthy!

By: Shelby Baker – Communications Intern

School is back in session and you have a million things on your plate already. With so much to do the last thing you’re thinking about is eating right and staying healthy. Here is a list of things you can do this semester to make sure you stay healthy after moving back into the dorms:



Exercise: Unless you are extremely into fitness, exercising can be a hassle. Some colleges offer fitness or yoga classes on campus for students to get involved. If you don’t have the motivation to hit the gym, try fitting some exercise classes into your daily routine. If doing Warrior I poses everyday aren’t really your thing, just add more walking to your routine. Take longer routes to your classes or walk downtown to get lunch instead of driving. Walking more or exercising can be beneficial to your mind and body and keeps your health in check for the semester.



Switch-up your snacks: Doing late night papers can lead to hardcore snacking. If your dorm room is full of chips, candy, cookies or other sugary snacks replace them with healthier options! Fruits and vegetables are always good alternatives if you have a case of the munchies. You can also add in snacks full of protein such as a hand full of almonds or a grape and cottage cheese combo. Switching sugary unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives is a great way to stay healthy and give you the energy you need to write papers without the crash.

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Hydrate: Although it seems like a silly thing to remind yourself, remember to drink lots of water. Besides keeping you hydrated, water improves your health. Drinking lots of water fights off headaches, helps to maintain a healthy weight and improves energy and the ability to focus. Stay on top of your coursework this semester by drinking more water and avoiding a ton of red bulls or other sugary drinks.


Sleep: Along with eating healthy and drinking water it is very important to get an adequate amount of sleep! Avoid pulling an all nighter to get that term paper in. Staying awake longer can affect your state of mind and make you crave those unhealthy snacks you just tossed. Getting more sleep has been known to improve health and attitude. Take time out during the day to work on your homework so you can focus more on the back of your eyelids during the night!


Spend You Time: Okay so you are a full time college student that exercises and sleeps often, leaving little to no time for anything else. Being dedicated to your college work is not a bad thing, just remember to take a break and spend some time on you! Go to a park and walk around, get a manicure or go to your favorite restaurant with friends. Doing whatever makes you feel normal is important to your body and mind.

College is supposed to be a fun time! Just make sure that you are staying healthy and taking care of yourself so you can enjoy the most of it! What kind of things do you do to stay healthy while hitting the books? Leave a comment and let us know!