Monday, December 12, 2011

'Gem of the Foothills' as 'Petunia City'

Petunia City doesn't have the same ring as Gem of the Foothills, but in 1932, in time for the Olympic games, Monrovia was a "garden of petunias in extravagant flower displays of red, white and blue." The call to plant petunias originated with the then Monrovia Foothill Garden Club. The response from gardeners and businesses was so great, it captured the attention of the horticultural editor of a New York magazine. She toured the City, taking numerous photos, and ultimately published her account in the summer edition of McCall's magazine.

To read the rest of the article about Monrovia's brief flirtation with petunias, ask the Reference Librarian for help with the Heritage Room History file.