A new garden at the Arroyo Grande Fire Department is one of many beautification projects undertaken in recent years by the growing volunteer base for Arroyo Grande in Bloom. More than 60 volunteers spent several weekends converting a 4,300-square-foot lawn into a garden with more than 50 low-fuel plant species such as sage, lavender and succulents.
Paths and a kiosk show local citizens how to use plants to create a fire-resistant ring around a home. Arroyo Grande in Bloom will maintain the garden, which was designed by volunteer Mary Hertel and made possible by a $3,000 grant from the California Fire Safe Council. In the past, the group has planted trees, installed hanging flower baskets on Bridge Street and picked up trash around the city.
Volunteer Vivian Krug said, “When you live in this area, it’s very noticeable the changes Arroyo Grande in Bloom has made.” To volunteer, visit www.arroyograndeinbloom.org.