Residents, businesspeople and others are participating in the Adopt an Island program and helping to brighten traffic circles, triangles, squares and corner crescents across the City.
Over the next few months we’ll highlight these islands and the people who volunteer their time and talents to transform them into attractive and welcoming public spaces.
At the corner of the VFW Highway and Aiken Street is where, over the last six years, Jack and Salmira Mitchell have developed an ever-changing palette of plants that welcomes drivers to Centralville. Jack and Salmira can often be seen planting and nurturing a variety of perennials that bloom all summer long. They also make sure the shrubs are trimmed and weeds and litter kept at bay.
“I love taking care of the flowers,” says Salmira. “It’s hard work at times, but also very relaxing. The program gives us the opportunity to help beautify our neighborhood. My plan this year is to move some of the plants so the sign for Centralville will be more visible.”
The Mitchells also plan to add perennials to the back of the garden.
If you’re passing by and see them at work on the island, give them a shout out of thanks for their work keeping this Centralville entryway looking great.