600 planters swarm White Oak Savanna event
An attempt to break a Guinness World Record at the White Oak Savanna fell just short last Saturday, but organizer Roberta Schwarz still called the event a success.
According to Schwarz, a total of 600 people showed up to plant camas and trillium bulbs at the park between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. April 18, short of the 851 needed to break a record for most people planting bulbs simultaneously set in the United Kingdom last November.
The event doubled as a fundraiser for the effort to acquire the last six unprotected acres of the park.
This is the biggest event we have ever done at the Savanna, Schwarz said. The only one that will be bigger is the party we will have when the last 5.65 acres are acquired.
In total, 1,100 blue camas bulbs and 150 trillium bulbs were planted at the event.
Schwarz also noted that the event helped volunteers pass the 10,000 hour mark for volunteer hours spent at the park.
Moving forward, Schwarz and other volunteers will continue to fundraise in an effort to match a $500,000 Metro community grant, which was approved in May 2013.
The goal is to raise the total amount needed to purchase the last unprotected acres of the park and thus ensure that the entire swath of land remains protected as a city park.
The remaining acreage is currently owned by the RKM Development Corp.
The city has owned and operated 14 acres of the White Oak Savanna since 2009.