Beautification is a core pillar of Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s mission and a major part of Louisiana’s largest litter removal and beautification effort, Love the Boot Week, recently held statewide from April 17-23. We were excited to see people of all ages getting their hands dirty, planting trees and gardens. Here are a few beautification projects that took place during the week:
In Eunice, Keep Eunice Beautiful and The Garden Club refurbished gardens at all community welcome signs, cleaned up litter, and put in new plants and ribbons at the Plant it Pink Garden downtown. They also planted two trees at one welcome sign site.
In New Orleans, the Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association gave away 24 flowers and 100+ flower-bombs (wildflower seeds wrapped in a soil ball).
The Academy of the Sacred Heart students in New Orleans planted an herb garden and pollinator plants using compost and pine mulch.
At Galvez Garden in New Orleans, NOLA Artist Incubator planted a new berry patch with 20 strawberry and nine raspberry plants. The patch incorporates elements of no-dig and vertical gardening and provides an edible meditation walking path for visitors to the community garden.
In Thibodaux, Keep Nicholls Beautiful planted native grasses (Gulf Muhly and Gulf Cordgrass) to replace non-native plants and beautify the Nicholls State University campus.
In the Roger D. Songe Veterans Memorial Park in Houma, The Houma Terrebonne Marine Corps League and PNP Norma A. Liner pressure-washed and cleaned cement, sidewalks, memorial bricks, and statues. They also spent time picking up litter, weeding gardens, and replacing flags.
In Lafayette, The Coca-Cola Company — a 2023 Love the Boot Week sponsor — weeded and spread new mulch for 10 flower beds around the park and downtown area.
At LSU in Baton Rouge, Campus Sustainability and Geaux Green hosted a Spring Greening Day to plant 12,000 native and perennial plants in front of the Student Union. This project was partially funded through a Keep Louisiana Beautiful grant. (Photo by Francis Dinh)
Keep Louisiana Beautiful will publish the 2023 Love the Boot Week impact report in May. Stay tuned for the final results!