Get Your Winning Dreamscape Ticket TODAY! Ticket Sales End June 4th!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Have you purchased your Dreamscape ticket yet? There are just 7 days left to purchase a ticket and make sure it is in the raffle drum on Thursday June 6th at Alexander Park. By participating in the Dreamscape Raffle, you’re not only giving yourself a chance for beautification, you’re giving all of Akron an opportunity too.

For ten years, the Dreamscape Raffle has funded Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape Program. There were 36,000 flowers planted throughout the 39 Flowerscapes in 2012, helping to beautify Akron’s landscape!

The Flowerscape at Mud Run.

This year’s lead landscape designer is Nick Roth, of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC. Nick’s Landscaping has been a long-term vendor partner. Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape & Design, Inc. did a fantastic job last year as lead landscape designer, transforming the backyard of David Canfield, a Copley resident. Nick has some big shoes to fill but we’re excited to see what he can do!

Joining Nick’s Landscaping in this collaborative effort,  offering goods and services for the landscape makeover areAdvanced Arboriculture, Belgard® SalesCascade Lighting, Inc.Circle K, Dayton NurseriesDonzell’s Greenhouse & Garden CenterHitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Main Street Gourmet, Naragon IrrigationPam’s Perennial Plant Farm, Paul’s Greenhouse, R.B. Stout, Inc.R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc.Gates Landscaping Co.Graf Growers Garden CenterKB Compost Services, Inc.Star Printing Co. Inc.Suncrest GardensTim’s Custom Electric,  Terrascape LTD., W.L. Tucker Supply Co.,Vision Graphics & PrintingWilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and YES Press Printing Co.

You can join our team and help us beautify Akron! Purchase your Dreamscape Raffle ticket today! In addition to online, tickets can be purchased at the KAB office located at 850 East Market Street, Akron, or the following locations, until Monday June 3rd: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, Inc. Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, Suncrest Gardens.

Remember, our grand prize winner from 2012 purchased his ticket online. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100.

The “after” photo of 2012 winner, David Canfield’s backyard makeover.

Owners of Summit County businesses or residences can enter to win a professionally designed front or back yard makeover valued at $10,000.

The winner will have until the end of June to meet with Nick Roth of Nick’s Landscaping, to create their plan for the landscape transformation the week of August 5-9, 2013. The grand prize winner may choose tomake over the front or back yard of their property

In addition to the grand prize ticket, there are three runner-up prizes. Runner-up prizes include 4 yards of mulch or compost blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape, LTD, a birdbath donated by Suncrest Gardens and a basket of gardening supplies courtesy of Graf Growers.

Flowerscape site at Alexander Park on West Market Street.

Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape Notes

By Polly Kaczmarek, Flowerscape Director

Hi folks! Sue, Chuck, Tim and I have been around the City of Akron prepping and planting Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscapes. We’re ready for another beautifully bloomin’ year.

Since a lot of my friends know what I do, I get a lot of planting or plant questions. So, I thought I would share some of the most popular ones with you: What type of ornamental grass is planted behind the sidewalk benches in front of the City of Akron’s Lock 3 park? What advice do you have for planting a flat of flowers? and What type of tall, stalky year-round flowers are at the KAB offices, at the Flowerscape at Cedar and Maple and at Lock 3?

KAB plants pennisetum karley rose

Picture of a blooming pennisetum karley rose.


What type of ornamental grass is planted behind the sidewalk benches in front of the City of Akron’s Lock 3 parkPennisetum karley rose, which blooms feathery, fluffy pink flowers around July and through the fall. It is a slow spreading oriental fountain grass. Hearty and reliable for any garden.


See this plant behind benches at Lock 3 below.


KAB plants pennisetum karley rose at downtown Akron's Lock 3

KAB plants pennisetum karley rose behind park benches at Downtown Akron’s Lock 3


What advice do you have for planting a flat of flowers?

First of all, it’s best to follow the lighting requirements on the flat card insert, or check the Internet. You’ll find that most petunias thrive in full sun while violas typically prefer shade. However, sometimes all this can depend on a species of flower. For example, some different species of geraniums bloom better in sun while others in the shade.

After finding the best spot in your beds from doing your sun/shade research you:  prep the soil with peat moss or compost, loosen up the root ball a little bit, because it gets all bound in their little flat cup, and then plant flowers as deep as they are in the flat you received.

Kab plants limelight hydrangeas in their flowerscape beds

Picture of blooming limelight hydrangeas


What type of tall, stalky year-round flowers are at the KAB offices, at the Flowerscape at Cedar and Maple and at Lock 3?

Those are perennials (a plant that can last through the seasons for more than two years) called limelight hydrangea. It is actually a shrub that blooms light green blossoms in July which slowly change to a pink shade by September.


See picture below of limelight hydrangeas in bloom (in the back) in 2012 at KAB offices.


kab planted limelight hydrangeas at their location at 850 e market st akron

Keep Akron Beautiful has limelight hydrangeas that bloom each year at their offices located in the Central Services Facilities Building at 850 E. Market St., Akron. They are shown in the far back of this camera shot taken in 2012.

Happy Planting from the Keep Akron Beautiful Flowerscape Crew!

Donate to the KAB Flowerscape Program today.

Keep Akron Beautiful is HIRING~ Flowerscape Foreman

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

Keep Akron Beautiful is currently searching for a Fulltime (April-October) Flowerscape Foreman. Please check out the information in regards to the job below. If you think you know someone who fits these qualifications and has a desire to be part of a team that takes great pride on the impact they have on urban beatification, please send them our way! We will be accepting resumes until March 29 at 4:00 PM. We look forward to hearing from you and are excited to begin the search to add to our wonderful team at KAB!

Flowerscape Foreman- Fulltime Position from April-October

  1. To perform work, transport and supervise a crew at Flowerscape sites as designated by and under the supervision of the Flowerscape Director.
  2. To be responsible for the well being of a crew of up to six members.
  3. To meet each work crew and to transfer said crew on schedule to each work site.
  4. To supervise the work and activities of the crew
  5. To work alongside the crew at the site.
  6. To keep daily records as required by KAB and turn said records into the Flowerscape Director as requested.
  7. To follow the directions of the Flowerscape Director.
  8. To operate city vehicles in a responsible manner according to the City of Akron’s Operator’s Manual.
  9. To perform such other duties as may be assigned by the KAB Executive Director or the Flowerscape Director.

In addition to the basic requirements outlined in the annual contract, here are skills sets we are trying to find and considerations that make this year’s selection unique:

  • Clean driving record, as you will be driving City of Akron registered vehicles.
  • If the perfect fit is found with the KAB staff and particularly the Flowerscape Director, this position could become training for a fulltime position in subsequent years.
  • The perfect candidate would have a natural love of horticultural and hands-on experience with growing annuals and perennials.
  • Ideally the perfect candidate would be able to make minor repairs on gardening equipment, including power tools.
  • The Flowerscape Crew Foreman would be strong enough to move roto-tillers, mowers and heavy bags of yard waste in and out of vehicles.
  • He /She would have a desire to be a part of a team that takes great pride in the impact they have on urban beautification.
  • This person needs to have the qualities of a team leader, inspiring, listening, and assigning duties for the best work results.

Resumes are due to Keep Akron Beautiful by 4:00 PM on March 29, 2013

You may submit your resume by USPS mail, email or fax.

Keep Akron Beautiful

850 East Market Street

Akron, OH 44305

Email: Jacqui Flaherty

Fax: 3300.375.2118

Akron Home and Flower Show Kicks Off TODAY!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

As Akronites, many of you may be aware that the Akron Home and Flower Show starts today at the John S. Knight Center! The show will run today (Friday, February 22) from 10 AM – 8 PM; Saturday, February 23 from 10 AM – 8 PM; and Sunday, February 24 from 10 AM – 5 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and children ages 12 and under are free, if accompanied by an adult. The show will feature entertainment-packed stage presentations and educational seminars, and  have hundreds of home improvement exhibits! There will be over 7,000 square feet of feature gardens and flowers showcasing the latest trends in plants and garden accessories, on-site gardening seminars and even vendors with sustainable products/services!

Two of our wonderful Dreamscape Vendor Partners will be showcased at this years Home and Flower Show, so make sure you head over to visit their booth’s! Our lead landscape designer for Dreamscape 2013, Nick Roth of Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio will have an upper level feature garden and our friends at Naragon will be there as well, as one of the show sponsors! Make sure you check out all there is to offer at the 2013 Home and Flower Show. We will be there this afternoon to check out all the buzz and to visit our Vendor Partners. We are looking forward to the 2013 gardening and planting season! Oh… to be outside in our yards, we can only dream of that right now!

Get ready for spring by heading over to the Home and Flower Show!