AmericanHort Event Brings Cheer To Homeport Residents
For the sixth summer in a row, residents of Homeport’s communities have had an opportunity to stop and smell the roses -- and azaleas, and begonias and an array of other greenery.
With the closing of the annual AmericanHort conference Downtown, hundreds of leftovers from the flower and plant industry event were once again delivered to Homeport households or community centers.
“They brighten my day,” said Nina Thornton, a resident of Eastway Village in Whitehall. “I got a rose bush last year. These (azaleas) are similar to it. I said, ‘I’ll take that one.’ It was so pretty and pink. I love flowers. I was pretty happy.”
AmericanHort represents a consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association andThe Association of Horticulture Professionals. Its annual conference, always in mid July, supports and showcases its nearly 16,000 members and affiliated businesses of growers, landscape professionals, florists, students and others.
But when the show is over it is only natural that the community benefit from the beauty brought to it. The deliveries to the non-profit communities and scattered sites enhance a sense of home and community.
Homeport residents of all ages received flowers and plants that filled four Uhaul trucks, two pickup trucks and three cars.
“The residents were waiting on us. They know every year that the flowers and plants will be delivered,” said Brenda Moncrief, Homeport Service Manager. “Once we unload them, they dive in. There was a lot of chattering and laughter.”
Pheasant Run resident Aniyah Banks, 8, grabbed a sunflower to present to her mother for when she got off work.
"That's nice!" said her surprised mom, Tifarah Banks.
Besides sunflowers, residents took back to their homes Mums, geraniums, wildflowers, carnations and petunias. Other plants refreshed flowerbeds at various community centers. In some cases dead trees and bushes were replaced.