Ludington Petnunia Parade planting May 18

May 1, 2013

 LUDINGTON — The 26th annual Ludington Petnunia Parade is scheduled for planting on Saturday, May 18 beginning at 10 a.m. The Ludington Optimist Club will be serving lunch for the volunteers after the planting at the City Park ( planters do not need to have clean hands to have lunch).

The parade was started in 1987 by Ellery and Sue Sabin whose goal was to help beautify Ludington by planting petunias along Ludington Avenue and along the streets by the Ludington Municipal Marina.

The 30,000 red, white and blue petunias are grown at Gustafson’s Greenhouse. They will peak in July and August.

“We are continually in search of community members and businesses to assist with planting and upkeep of the petunias,” said Chairwoman Donna Brown. “They need to be weeded and nurtured throughout the entire summer to keep them looking the greatest.”

The Petunia Parade is also in need of financial donations to help with the budgeted expenses. “Costs for planting and maintaining the petunias increase each year,” Brown said. “Community support is crucial to the success of the Petunia Parade. Donation sponsors will be recognized in the following categories for the amount they donate:

Above $500.00                       Golden Petunia Sponsor

            $ 200.00 to $ 499.00               Silver Petunia Sponsor

            $ 100.00 to $ 199.00               Bronze Petunia Sponsor

            Below $ 100.00                       Honorable Mention


DONATIONS can be mailed to:

  • PO Box 5 ∙ Ludington, MI 49431 

This year you will see donation canister around the Ludington Area to collect donations to help with expenses for the 2013 planting year.  If you would like more information, or to volunteer in any capacity, please contact Donna Brown at 231-301-0699.

 Planting, weeding and pulling schedule for the petunias:

            Saturday May 18, 2013                      Planting

            Saturday June 1, 2013                        Weeding

            Saturday June 22, 2013                      Weeding

            Saturday July 27, 2013                       Weeding

            Saturday August 24, 2013                  Weeding

            Saturday September 14, 2013             Pulling


New block sponsors:

            Doug & Kelly Shoup

            Elks Lodge #736

            Jim Myers

            Kelly Aloe & Dan King DDS

Heyse & Associates


2013 Repeat Block Sponsors

            West Shore Bank

            Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan

            Dr. Tim Murphy & Staff

            Lenz and Associates

            Rite-Aid Pharmacy

            Ludington Education Association

            Sunburst Inn

            Joe Dollaway and Friends

            Holton Family

            Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast

Home Depot


            Mason County Garden Club

            McDonald Family



            Kolb Family

            United Methodist Women’s Group

            House of Flavors

            Lighthouse Professional Clinic

            Petersen Family


            Lakewinds Dental

            John Reed

            Dick Falk and Dick Gerkowski

            Rotary Club


            Shirley Peterson & Friends


The Petunia Planting planning committee consists of:

            Donna Brown – Chairperson

            Tom & Bettye Tyron

            Carol Pehrson

            Barb Sitler

            Suzanne Townsend

            Kathy Radtke

            Deb Gundersen


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