Ludington Petunia Parade

Ludington is known for many things, including its expansive beaches, lighthouses, and the Ludington State Park. But any visitor to Ludington will tell you that one of the most beautiful sights during the summer is the Petunia Parade.
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Each spring, hundreds of volunteers gather along Ludington Avenue, the downtown boulevards, and the marina to plant 30,000 red, white and blue petunias, grown by Gustafson's Greenhouse. A new petunia variety, "Pico-Bella," was planted in 2014. This is a lower-spreading petunia with small but numerous blossoms. The Petunia Parade has become an annual tradition for the past 25 years, started by Ellery and Sue Sabin in 1987. Petunias were chosen as the flower to use because they spread nicely and grow well in sun or shade. The idea of planting petunias came from the city of Charlevoix in northern Michigan.

By the time of the July 4th Freedom Festival, the petunias are in full bloom and a wave of color lines the avenue from Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital all the way down to the beach. Each block is assigned a captain who is responsible for maintaining the petunias in that block. From planting the petunias to watering and weeding, it literally "takes a village" to keep this tradition going. The cost for the planting season is $10,000. This is a volunteer donation supported project. The Ludington Petunia Parade Committee would greatly appreciate your help. Donations may be sent to:

Ludington Petunia Parade Committee
Barb Sitler and Cathy Webster, Co-Chairmen
P.O. Box 5
Ludington, MI 49431



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Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
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Last Updated: 06-26-2014 09:44 AM ID: 1263