KBOI-TV interviewed Pro Care VP Kevin Allen & Production Manager Bonnie Longie about Pro Care’s three decade history of caring for some of Downtown Boise’s most impressive & important features: its flower planters. Click on the picture to see the story.
When Pro Care was founded in 1987, it’s President, Rodger Erstad, met with Downtown Boise Association Board Member, Joan Carley. Together they conceived an idea to add 12 flower planters in the Grove area at the heart of the city. Each year thereafter, a few more were added. Now, 500 gorgeous flower planters adorn Boise’s streets from Jefferson St to Myrtle St and from 3rd St to 13th. At least 44 city blocks are decorated with these planters. Surrounding properties have taken notice & added planters of their own, with Pro Care servicing approximately 150 of them. Pro Care has installed literally hundreds of unique species & varieties of flowers. We take copious notes throughout the year to document how each flower responds to the spring, summer heat, & cool autumn nights. We use this information to focus on plants that perform well in a variety of conditions. We also bring in at least 2 dozen new varieties each year from surrounding states.
Not only are Downtown Boise’s flower planters important to the city, they’re important to a family. The program started with Rodger & has been continued through his son, daughter-in-law, & niece, not to mention dozens from our Pro Care family who get up at 4:30 in the morning to care for these planters!
The next time you’re downtown, please take a moment to enjoy these stunning flowers before winter arrives!