Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bridge of Flowers


The Bridge of Flowers in Simsbury is endlessly fascinating.  It is an 1892 metal-truss bridge that became obsolete for automobile traffic and was replaced in 1992.  Starting in 1996, Simsbury citizens began planting the old bridge with flower boxes and hanging planters.  Today there are 48 planters and 32 hanging planters.  Sponsors pay for their upkeep.  There is so much community support that
potential sponsors are turned away and go on the waiting list for the following year.

Last year I showed the bridge after a September rain.  These photos were taken on a bright and sunny July morning.

25 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

Ha, that is a cool idea.

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Reminds me of a bridge in my city, but mine does not have any flower arrangement. Very cool!

Luis Gomez said...

Sweet! Very pretty.

brattcat said...

such a clever way to repurpose an old bridge.

Birdman said...

Beautiful!

Cathy Hudspeth said...

Love that community spirit - what a beautiful idea!

Sharon said...

This is so gorgeous and so wonderful that it was all done by the community.

Nita Davis said...

This is absolutely beautiful repurposing of a great old bridge. It is commendable that so many community members came forward to save this bridge in such a grand way.

Lowell said...

Gorgeous bridge and a super communal effort to keep it beautified!

Bruce Clark said...

Very nice Jack. I am going to have to make it a point to visit this spot in the future.

Lois said...

Very pretty! What a nice place for a walk.

RedPat said...

Gorgeous! You can certainly see that this summer's heat has slowed the growth a bit - something I see in my own planters too.

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful idea! And how colorful and beautiful it is! Lovely capture for the day, Jack! Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

jennyfreckles said...

So wonderfully colourful. I applaud community initiatives like this. They just lift my spirits. It would be a neat idea for the metal footbridge in Saltaire.

Lynette said...

Jack, brilliant topic you've shared with us today--love the link to the September post, too. Thanks!

Dianne said...

What a delightful sight Jack

Michelle said...

Wow! How beautiful!

Randy said...

What a nice thing to see as you cross the bridge.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That's a grand idea though I'm surprised there are no climbing plants - the structure of the bridge looks made for the purpose.

VP said...

Quite spectacular...

JM said...

I remember this bridge, it's just fabulous! Glad you posted it again, Jack.

Halcyon said...

This is gorgeous! Love all the color. :) You've got some great gardeners in Hartford. :D

Gunn said...

Very pretty! Never seen a bridge with so many beautiful plants.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Marvelous community spirit at work here Jack, so great to hear about good things like this for a change.

shahbaz khan said...

I am searching for that unique ideas of flowers designs and you provides it. just tell me what are the types of flowers are being used in it?