Wildflowers / Operation Bloom Town

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A Wild Tradition

Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department plants more than 100 acres of wildflower seeds in municipal parks, street medians and the City Hall campus. The tradition began in 1990 with a trial planting at Campbell Ridge Park, and today, wildflowers are in most parks and on numerous medians throughout the city. This planting of seeds also resulted in the creation of another tradition in Richardson: the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival debuted in 1993 at Breckinridge Park and has continued celebrating the wildflowers ever since.

Richardson’s wildflowers serve not only to help beautify the city, but also as a great photo opportunity for you and your family. But remember, per City Ordinance 3235-A, please do not pick or damage the wildflowers: they are here for everyone’s enjoyment!

The seeding takes place in October-November and is a variety of wildflower seeds, selected for overlapping blooming cycles, good show and hardiness we call the signature "Richardson Mix". 

Operation Bloom Town

Residents, homeowner associations, non-profit/religious organizations and businesses can help "paint the landscape" near their homes, buildings and offices. Simply identify a median, park or other public area that could use some color and submit an application by June 15. The Parks Department will order the seeds and do the planting that fall, charging only the wholesale cost for both the seeds and labor. The cost is approximately $100 per 1/10 acre, which is more than 4,300 square feet.

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For more information, contact Shohn Rodgers, Superintendent of Parks, at shohn.rodgers@cor.gov or 972-744-4306.