from The Herald-Sun, Chapel Hill, NC
-BY KERI CLAY :
Dec 6, 2004 : 7:02 pm ET
CHAPEL HILL -- During the holidays, it's not usually
flowers and foliage that people are thinking about.
But longtime Chapel Hillian Roland Giduz, a
coordinator working with the Friends of Downtown
Chapel Hill, is looking for people who are willing to
adopt a flower box on Franklin Street. Giduz, who
takes care of a planter of his own, said he enjoys
seeing something that he planted grow.
"I take a lot of pride in beautifying downtown Chapel
Hill," Giduz said.
Within one block of Columbia Street, there are
approximately 15 planters that need tending, and the
Friends are looking for individuals or groups who can
Each planter requires routine maintenance about once a
week. Different greenery specimens can be planted, but
they do need year-round maintenance and replanting
with the change of seasons.
Giduz said pansies grow particularly well this time of
year, but must be planted in December to ensure their
survival. Some planters have trees in them as well,
and are made of brick. Others, mainly the new ones
made of stone, are still empty and in need of help.
Landy and Dixon Qualls, who are retired and reside in
Chapel Hill, adopted their planter this fall because
they thought they might enjoy tending it. What they
didn't count on was enjoying it as much as they do.
"We [adopted] because the planters are so attractive
for Franklin Street. It really adds a beautiful
touch," said Dixon Qualls. "We will probably keep it
for a long time."
The Quallses tend their stone planter once or twice a
week by pulling weeds and removing leaves. It only
takes them about 15 minutes a day, Qualls said. They
park at Morehead Planetarium and transport gardening
supplies using a new Radio Flyer wagon.
Their flower box can be seen blooming with pansies
right now in front of Battle Hall on the UNC campus.
They used topsoil to help in the growing process, and
water it regularly. Its brightness is a cheerful spot
on a cold, autumn day in Chapel Hill. Tending their
flower box allows the Quallses to get out in the
community and see the difference they can make.
"What makes it nice is being able to see the other
displays," Dixon Qualls said. "It gives us a reason to
walk down Franklin Street."
Since adopting their planter, the Quallses say they
are more observant about nature, admiring the Rose
Gardens at Morehead Planetarium each visit and taking
in the beauty that is downtown Chapel Hill.
"We enjoy going. We even enjoy the weeding," Dixon
Want to take part?
To adopt a planter, call Roland Giduz of the Friends
of Downtown Chapel Hill at 942-2194. There is no cost
for the adoption. The only requirement is to provide
the love and attention that's necessary to help the
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