How the Middletown (CT) Downtown Business District stretches its street planter maintenance budget

Summer planting at the City of Middletown, CT

Every day we hear the stories of public maintenance budgets shrinking.  Check with almost any city park & rec department and they’ll lament the fact that they can’t keep up in the face of cuts.  The Middletown (CT) Downtown Business District found that by using Tournesol Siteworks’ container irrigation system they could make their color program budget stretch further. They use our CWF container irrigation bowls with existing concrete containers, changing them out with each season. In the words of Marie Kalita-Leary, Director of the Middletown Downtown Business District:

Tournesol Siteworks irrigation systems were the end to our nightmare.  The only way to get water to our planters was to use manual labor via a wagon.  On hot summer days it  required hours and hours of work to water all the planters along our Main St.  The irrigation system from Tournesol Siteworks have saved us so much and brought us so much.  During warm weather spells in the summer, I know that planters are receiving the water they need – and – the flowers look great from the minute they are planted.  We save on labor and staff time.  A landscaping company fills the systems with water and checks them weekly.  Because the flowers and plants are receiving the nourishment they need, when they need it, we always have full and gorgeous flowers in our planters.  I highly recommend the irrigation systems by Tournesol Siteworks.

more images of their color program after the break

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Citizens State Bank – Hugoton, KS

Photos courtesy of Farthingale Stone



In the Spring of 2010, the City of Hugoton, Kansas formed a streetscape committee and began working on downtown beautification.  Under consideration for redevelopment were 2 blocks of Main Street and 6th Street in the downtown area.  Continue reading

Monroe, WI, “Swiss Cheese Capital of the U.S.A.”, adds planters to their downtown streetscape

Basix Collection BS-3000 planters in Mesa Matrix finish

This spring we furnished 40 planters to the City of Monroe, WI, as part of their Main Street Beautification program. Monroe, as I just learned from their website, is the “Swiss Cheese Capital of the U.S.A.”.  More images and information after the break.

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Avalon at Mission Bay – San Francisco, CA

Wilshire Collection rectangles WR-962424

Sometimes more is not less.  For the Avalon Apartments at Mission Bay in San Francisco, PGADesign went for a simple Wilshire Collection fiberglass (frp) rectangle for the accent planters along the street fronts of this glass curtainwall building.  By using the 24″x24″ profile, the architect gave the unit enough “punch” to make a statement in this fast-developing section of San Francisco.  The planters were installed by Valleycrest Landscape, the same folks that installed the planters in the last post, 211 Main.  More images after the break.

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The Greening of San Jose, Part 3

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The previous two posts about San Jose featured applications of Tournesol Siteworks pots and planters used to green the streets of Downtown.  This post features one of the city’s most interesting experiments – widening the sidewalks.  Continue reading

The Greening of San Jose, Part 2

downtown san jose 006The City of San Jose has put over 300 planters in its downtown district during the past year, and nearly all of them have been manufactured by Tournesol Siteworks. The previous post showed the most recent installation of custom Urban Collection and Wilshire Box hanging planters.  This post highlights previous work done in the same downtown area. Continue reading