Clean Mill Valley volunteers ​Left to right is: Margo Kirkpatrick, Jill Young and Peggy Katcher at the new wildflower spot on East Blithedale at Tower Drive. Courtesy image.

On the heels of historic rainfall over the winter, incredible wildflower blooms have been in abundance all over Mill Valley, Marin, the Bay Area and beyond over the past several weeks.

One of those blooms – at a longstanding, litter-strewn eyesore at the corner of Easy Blithedale Avenue and Tower Drive – came as the result of the efforts of Clean Mill Valley volunteers Peggy Katcher and Margo Kirkpatrick, who adopted the spot with friends. Katcher planted California poppies in the spot and nursed hand watered them during previous droughts.

City of Mill Valley Public Works operations Superintendent Denise Andrews brought mulch to retain the moisture to the flowers and Larry Anderson helped spread it at the base of the flowers. City staff and Clean Mill Valley volunteers will continue to remove weeds and litter from the spot.

“It’s hard to miss this delightful bunch of bright orange flowers as you enter or exit Highway 101 from East Blithedale,” says Clean Mill Valley co-founder Joan Murray. MORE INFO ON CLEAN MILL VALLEY.

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