Willshire resident Jayden Black planted 13 planters in downtown Willshire as part of a beautification project. (Photo submitted)
Willshire resident Jayden Black planted 13 planters in downtown Willshire as part of a beautification project. (Photo submitted)
WILLSHIRE – Those who stop in Willshire will notice 13 new beautiful flower pots. The beautification project was started by long-time resident Jayden Black who wanted to add charm, pride, and beauty to the village.

Black, a 19-year-old Parkway graduate, organized funding and donations for the start of the project at the beginning of 2018, and has managed the project so far. Black only planned to have pots lining the main street of Willshire, but the project received numerous support and with that, came a total of 13 planters.

“I felt compelled to start this project because I have always had a deep love for Willshire,” said Black. “Generations of my family have laid their roots in the small village, and I too wanted to plants my roots. Because, I too want to have a legacy in Willshire, and this is mine. We actually have a flower pot in my family’s name in their memory.”

Black has been involved and enjoyed the art of plants and horticulture since he was a small child. He has learned many tips and tricks in plant care along the way from neighbors, friends, and lots of trial and error.

The flower pots are planted with Supertunia Bubblegum, Silverberry, and Fuchsia, and a sweet potato vine. They are fertilized with Jack Peter’s Petunia feed twice a week. Black’s tip for success with flowers is to be consistent.

“Be consistent with watering and fertilizing, and your plants will be very happy,” said Black. “Gardening is a science and it can teach you so very much, whether it is containers or a large landscape.”

Black encourages citizens to be involved in their community as much as they possibly can and hopes to lead by example.

“The thing that I have enjoyed the most from this project are people calling, texting, stopping me on the street telling me how beautiful the flowers are and how much they enjoy them,” Black said. “That was the whole reason for this project — to bring a smile to peoples faces, to bring pride to the village, and to bring the community together as a whole to share something they love together.”