Flora, Floats, and Fun

x_rosefloat2With the new year being a time of resolutions and moving forward, it’s no wonder that some would focus their attention on helping raise awareness for the environment. 92024 resident, gardener, and author Bonnie Jo Manion is one such person. Recently she was selected by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company to contribute to and ride their float at this year’s Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena.

Bonnie was chosen, along with three other California residents, based on her gardening experience and passion for sharing gardening within her community and beyond. She particularly stood out due to the way she has adapted to drought-tolerant landscaping. “I use many of the same plants found in the Mediterranean, such as boxwood, cypress, germander, grapevines, lavender, myrtle, olive trees, Russian sage, and wisteria,” said Bonnie. “These plants can withstand long, hot, dry summers, mild winters, and drying winds.”


Along with riding on the company’s float on parade day, Bonnie was chosen to contribute plant material from her own garden to incorporate into the float. Miracle-Gro, the parade’s Official Rose and Flower Care Company for the fourth year in a row, put together a float that is California Grown certified. This means that 85 percent of the flowers and plant material were grown in California, which is an important feat considering 98 percent of roses in America currently come from outside the country. Of the whole experience, Bonnie shared, “I felt very honored to be selected to ride on the float representing California gardening. It means the world to me to be recognized for my gardening passion.” Learn more about Bonnie’s gardening experiences at www.bonniejomanion.com.