Sunflowers in the City

The Downtown Phoenix Roosevelt Row district is an eclectic combination of funky cafes, art galleries and music studios. As a resident of the area, locals recognize it as one the the hippest locations in our urban environment. It’s a home to activists and people who make a difference, and it will soon be home to a field of sunflowers.



The Downtown Phoenix Roosevelt Row district is an eclectic combination of funky cafes, art galleries and music studios. As a resident of the area, locals recognize it as one the the hippest locations in our urban environment. It’s a home to activists and people who make a difference, and it will soon be home to a field of sunflowers.

Intel has provided $22,000 in grants to turn a vacant lot on Roosevelt Row to a vibrant field of sunflowers. Outside of Intel’s donation, the city has approved the project on a two-acre square lot near 6th Street and Garfield.



The “Valley of the Sunflowers” sunflower garden will be planted and maintained by volunteers. Sean Sweat, who spearheaded the project says, “This project activates blighted land, creates an intriguing downtown, and is inspirational to see people doing stuff.”

The first wave of planting is planned for November/December 2011, and flowers should be blooming throughout the winter, weather permitting. The next harvest will begin in spring. After these two seasons of sunflowers, Roosevelt Row will no longer be responsible for the garden, but volunteer groups are welcome to take over.

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