A Touch of Spring on the Y-Bridge

by WHIZ Reporter on May 15, 2012 at 4:38 am

You may notice Zanesville’s iconic Y-Bridge looking a little more floral than usual.

Today volunteers from the Muskingum Valley Garden Society and staff members from Timber Run Gardens planted flowers in baskets attached to lamp posts along the bridge.

Tom Ruggles is a Master Gardener from the OSU Extension Office and said dressing up one of the city’s most prominent landmarks during the season is a very satisfying experience.

"I think what has happened with the downtown, has changed our perception of the community, with all the planters and the trees that are now downtown, and the Y-Bridge is such a prominent feature for Zanesville, to decorate it with plants during the season somebody through would be a great idea, and I think it is, said Ruggles."

Pink and white petunias are the potted plants of choice this year.

Ruggles said the sensitive flowers are maintained by an irrigation system created specifically for the bridge.

"The plants that are in containers like this require a lot of water, so there’s an Irrigation system that basically uses water from the river underneath, and it works very well to keep them going," added Ruggles.

The flowers were purchased with funds from the Garden Society’s Spring Symposium fundraiser and other sponsors.