Several years ago, a large effort went into making the planters that have been filled with flowers and placed in front of Calumet stores. They have been creating a unified and vibrant look to the downtown.
The planters spend each winter in the Village Warehouse. Each spring volunteers load them in a truck and place them in front of stores. Next they plant the peat pots that have been filled with annuals ordered by Amy Knight of Calumet Floral, who has been donating her time. Calumet owned a watering cart and a resident volunteer has been going to the dozens of planters to keep them watered with the help of the hosting retailers. At summers end, volunteers load them again for the warehouse.
However, about half of the planters have reached the end of their life span. After research and evaluation, the Calumet Main Street Design Committee concluded it is the best time to change to a new planter and watering system. (See our March post on hanging planters for downtown.)
The remaining, although they might need TLC at their corner joints, are in too good of condition to discard. Interior dimensions are 12" deep, by 16.5" wide by 24.5" long. Exteriors are approximately 30"wide x 16" high x 22"deep. At last count, there were 30 planters available for purchase.
Main Street Calumet volunteer Stuart Baird is kindly donating his time to meet anyone at the Village Warehouse (the green building next to the Calumet Colosseum on Red Jacket Road) on May 19th from 10-noon. The suggested donation is $10/planter. Cash or checks made out to Main Street Calumet are both acceptable.
The planters are sold AS IS. Purchasers will also need to be able to transport the planters themselves, so bring a friend to help lift if necessary.
Here's your chance for an economical makeover for the front of your house or your garden!