Thursday, April 18, 2024

DDA Downtown beautification project begins Thursday at Louisiana Avenue and Texas Street

by BIZ Magazine

The pot that we have all been waiting for has arrived. Not that kind of pot; we’re talking about the Earthplanter pots which, in the spring, will begin adorning corners along Texas Street in downtown Shreveport. Thursday, December 28 at 10 am at the corner of Texas Street and Louisiana Street across from Rhino Coffee, our ‘beta test’ Earthplanter will be on full display. On Thursday, the 2024 Adopt-a-Pot sponsors have been invited to take a look at what their donations of support will be helping downtown do. It will also give us an opportunity to thank them for partnering with DDA’s beautification efforts. Our 2024 sponsors include:

Anti-Pest
The Agora Borealis
Porter’s Carpet Cleaners,
Shreveport Garden Study Club, a member of the Garden Club of America,
Hoogland’s Landscape,
Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation,
Robinson Film Center,
North Louisiana Economic Partnership,
Catherine Allred and Canine Country
One Texas Centre­­­­­­­­­
Annette and Joe Littlejohn/New York Life Insurance Co.
Sarah and David Rogers/The Good Guys Promotional Products
Riverside Roofing Materials
and Shreveport Green.

The reason the project is feasible is because Earthplanter pots have built-in water reservoirs, perfect for hot and often dry climates like ours. Prior to Earthplanter, we knew that keeping potted plants alive during our long summers would be close to impossible. The ‘self’ watering Earthplanter has proven that it can be done in the downtowns of cities in similar zones like Sherman and San Antonio, Texas, and towns in south Louisiana. The pots take a special peat-based plant mix and Garrison’s Home and Garden Showplace in Shreveport made sure we were able to get it. In getting the right scale and mix of plants, we will be depending heavily on the skills of horticulturist Tim Hoover, who also performs plant magic on the grounds of the Shreveport Aquarium.

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