An army of volunteers descended upon the
to beautify the grounds, planting 19,152 plants in a single day.
According to excerpts from the article:
Working quickly and efficiently, the crew - more than 70 strong and
ranging from teens to seniors - plucked color-coded plastic straws from
the dirt and replaced them with colorful flowers. The blooms ranged
from deep-burgundy petunias to pink begonias and screaming yellow
Their goal for the day: get 19,152 plants into the ground to beautify the Capitol for the summer.
In the long beds leading up to the Capitol steps, the colorful annuals
form a scroll pattern, one of four or five that rotate from year to
year, said Trena Trowhill, the Capitol events coordinator. That's not
so obvious from ground level, but the pattern is easy to spot from the
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