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Langley Second Street planting to begin, Main Street seeks volunteers

Bernita Sanstad, a Langley Main Street volunteer, holds a small sample of the plants to be placed in the 18 new bump-outs on Second Street in Langley. Main Street is looking for garden volunteers to help with this project starting Friday, June 6 through Sunday June 8. - Contributed photo
Bernita Sanstad, a Langley Main Street volunteer, holds a small sample of the plants to be placed in the 18 new bump-outs on Second Street in Langley. Main Street is looking for garden volunteers to help with this project starting Friday, June 6 through Sunday June 8.
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Plants are ready to go in the ground in newly created bump-outs on Second Street, and Langley Main Street Association is on the hunt for experienced gardening volunteers willing to help.

The 18 bump-outs added during the Second Street construction project will create a showcase green streetscape aimed at encouraging visitors to spend more time enjoying Langley.

The planting will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 6-8, with volunteers meeting at Langley City Hall.

Plants have been carefully selected, bought and ready to go in the ground. Cathy Waymire-Rooks, along with others, have selected hardy plants that will provide a variety of color, texture and interest to the landscape.

"We are using plants that are appropriate to our climate and the setting in a streetscape, and will make the beds look good year round," Waymire-Rooks said, adding there will be a wide variety of interesting new plants and many with native roots.

Main Street volunteers will plant all the new garden areas on Second Street except the rain garden feature by the Langley Village and the trees, which was completed by SRV Construction.

Main Street has successfully taken the greening of Langley in hand. Last year the Centennial Edible Garden was created, which won a State Excellence Award for creating a greener community. Hanging flowing baskets are added each summer to enhance the town, and maintained and improved plants in pots and existing garden areas are all part of the group's accomplishments.

Planting the new landscaping on Second Street became a natural extension of what Main Street began.

A mutual agreement was made between the city and Main Street to plant and maintain the new Second Street landscape.

"We felt that the local garden experts, who created the garden at city hall had a better sense of what was appropriate for this space," Mayor Fred McCarthy said. "They are the experts in the field."

There could be a savings to the city in the overall landscaping budget, originally estimated to be $20,000 according to Jeff Arango, Director of Community Planning. The actual cost will not be known until the project is complete. The city will also save over time as Main Street will maintain the landscaping.

Those who wish to help can meet at City Hall at 9 a.m. on June 6, 7 and 8th. Come on any day or for any amount of time available.

For more information or to sign-up, email mainstreet@whidbey.com, or call 929-9333.

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