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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Brightside’s Wildflower ‘Welcome Mats’ Bloom

Wednesday June 15, 2005

Fifty acres along Louisville’s expressways have become colorful “welcome mats,” filled with a variety of wildflowers.

The wildflowers – blooming now through early summer – were coordinated through Brightside, Louisville’s beautification and environmental stewardship program, using proceeds from last year’s Gallopalooza program.
Brightside partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to plant the flower seeds last fall. “Motorists throughout our community are being greeted with bursts of color and vibrancy,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Those that supported Gallopalooza can be proud of the difference these wildflowers are making in our hometown.”
The current blooms are Brightside’s first major project along outlying expressways such as the Gene Snyder Freeway. Since Abramson established Brightside in 1986, more than one million flower bulbs have been planted.

Current locations with the best blooms include: · From downtown: I-71 North to Gene Snyder Freeway east bound toward US Hwy. 42 (blue cornflower abounds on the left)

· From downtown: I-65 South at the Gene Snyder Freeway exit (acres of blue cornflower and pink cosmos welcome you on the left)

· From New Albany: I-64 East after Sherman Minton Bridge, on the right just past the Shively exit (red poppies, blue cornflower and pink cosmos are plentiful; sunflowers will bloom soon)

A Gallopalooza follow-up project featuring new, original miniatures are being auction at Lots begin closing on June 13 and proceeds benefit Brightside’s beautification programs.