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Cal Poly partners with Morro Bay in Bloom for downtown beautification project

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 07, 2020

Cal Poly's Horticulture and Crop Science Department partnered with the nonprofit Morro Bay in Bloom to install new planter boxes with flowers in downtown Morro Bay.

Morro Bay in Bloom secured seedlings from Proven Winners, a plant wholesale company, and then donated them to Cal Poly.

Students grew the flowers in the university's Horticulture Unit. The plants were then transplanted into 18 planter boxes that were placed near businesses throughout Morro Bay.

"Cal Poly’s partnership with Morro Bay in Bloom provided students with a hands-on horticulture project that they were able to execute from start to finish,” said manager of Cal Poly's greenhouses Wendy Robinson. "Students grew the plants from 2-inch rooted plugs and were tasked with creating an aesthetic plan for integrating them throughout the city."

Morro Bay in Bloom is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to landscaping public spaces with floral design and urban forestry.

The group maintains traffic circle on Morro Bay Boulevard, the flower boxes along Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street and flower beds along Morro Bay's Embarcadero and the Visitors' Center.