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BIRMINGHAM – More than 100 volunteers from four Birmingham companies spent part of their day Friday preparing planting beds and planting flowers as part of a coordinated landscaping effort along the streets and avenues in Birmingham’s Parkside District near Children’s of Alabama.
The project, called Blooming Birmingham, included about 100 planting beds running 10 city blocks from 5th Avenue South northward to Railroad Park between 16th and 17th streets. The beds included annual and perennial flowers, specifically a red and yellow pansy mix, red tulips and yellow daffodils. The planting beds were prepped by helpers from Children’s of Alabama, Landscape Workshop, Protective Life Corporation and Regions Bank. Experts from the St. Clair County Master Gardeners selected the plantings and led the volunteer groups.
Blooming Birmingham speaks to what this collaboration is all about—bringing partners to work together to improve quality of life and help Birmingham continue to grow into a better place.
“One of our goals when we opened the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children expansion was to create a way for patient families at Children’s to have easy access to Railroad Park,” said Mike Warren, Children’s President and CEO. “Thanks to outstanding partners like Landscape Workshop, Protective and Regions, we’re fortunate to make this goal a reality. We hope this project encourages more walkability in the Parkside District for years to come.”
In addition to providing volunteer labor, Landscape Workshop, Protective and Regions each made a financial commitment to purchase the plants and materials.
"The work Children's does has impacted our employees and their children, including my children, in an incredibly positive way,” said Landscape Workshop CEO J.T. Price. “Our McKinney Family ownership group and entire Landscape Workshop employee team are proud to be part of making the patient experience better by beautifying the Parkside District near campus."
Other partners who will participate in efforts to “green” the Parkside District include the Birmingham Barons, Smile-A-Mile, Ronald McDonald House, The McKinney Foundation, Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Home2 Suites By Hilton and the Railroad Park Foundation.
“Protective is proud to invest in a healthier, more connected community by joining other partners to help launch Blooming Birmingham,” said Protective CEO and President Rich Bielen. “Curating a greenway that will connect Children’s to Railroad Park, Blooming Birmingham speaks to what this collaboration is all about, bringing partners to work together to improve quality of life and help Birmingham grow.”
Following the event volunteers gathered at Railroad Park to have lunch and mingle.
“Children’s of Alabama is one of our state’s greatest assets, and Railroad Park is one of Birmingham’s most beautiful green spaces,” said Bill Horton, head of Commercial Banking for Regions. “Blooming Birmingham is a tremendous opportunity to connect two of our city’s most treasured resources. Regions Bank is proud to join in this partnership in our headquarters city. This is a wonderful addition to a vibrant neighborhood.”
The partners expect Blooming Birmingham to become a recurring event with seasonal plantings each spring and fall.
About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. More information is available at childrensal.org.
About Landscape Workshop
Landscape Workshop is a full-service grounds management company that has been providing professional service and expert maintenance for outdoor commercial spaces since 1984. Our goal is to bring out the best in each property we serve while delivering a first-class experience every time.
About Protective Life Corporation
Protective Life Corporation (Protective) provides financial services through the production, distribution and administration of insurance and investment products throughout the U.S. Protective traces its roots to its flagship company, Protective Life Insurance Company – founded in 1907. Throughout its more than 110-year history, Protective’s growth and success can be largely attributed to its ongoing commitment to serving people and doing the right thing – for its employees, distributors, and most importantly, its customers. Protective’s home office is in Birmingham, Alabama, and its 3,000+ employees are located in offices across the United States. As of September 30, 2019, Protective had assets of approximately $120 billion. Protective Life Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. For more information about Protective, please visit www.Protective.com.
About Regions Financial Corporation
Regions Financial Corporation, with $128 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,500 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.