5 Points Beautification Project

Five Points Median Chosen For Beautification Project

The median in front of the Sav-Way convenient store and gas station will soon get a much needed makeover.  Spearheaded by Keep Florence Beautiful, the beautification project is underway. The median is owned by Rainwater Gas & Oil, leased by Chase Oil and Adams Outdoor Advertising has the easement rights to the property.  This is the first time Keep Florence Beautiful has had the pleasure of working with 3 companies at once, but they have all been very supportive of the project. 

Funded by a Keep South Carolina Beautiful Affiliate Grant awarded by Palmetto Pride, cleanup efforts to remove overgrown vegetation are already underway with completion expected by the end of October.  The original plans for the project called for a complete overhaul of the median including concrete work.  “Unfortunately, we only received partial funding from PalmettoPride which meant we had to eliminate the concrete work.  The new plants and mulch will still be a vast improvement and perhaps one day we will be able to re-visit the possibility of improving the concrete around the area.” said KFB Board Chair Michelle Bailey. 

The group chose the site because it is such a high traffic area.  “5 Points is a high traffic area which provides access to I-20 and I-95.  We are really excited to have a project which will be viewed by so many people on a daily basis.”  

Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help install plants and spread mulch.  For more information on how to get involved, visit www.keepflorencebeautiful.org.


Media Contact: Michelle Bailey, Chair Keep Florence Beautiful 843.206.3205

michelle@keepflorencebeautiful.org www.keepflorencebeautiful.org

Keep Florence Beautiful Has A New Home

We are excited to announce that Keep Florence Beautiful finally has its own space thanks to the City of Florence.  The space needs some TLC and we would love donations of paint and supplies.  All donations are tax deductible.  Donations can be mailed or made through this site.  Please write “KFB Building Fund” in the memo line.  Thanks for helping to Keep Florence Beautiful!


Thursday, May 6, 2013

Keep Florence Beautiful to “Adopt Residency” of William F. Jeffers Center Building at Timrod Park

Keep Florence Beautiful (KFB) is getting a new corporate headquarters thanks to the City of Florence. KFB will operate its corporate offices out of the main level of the William F. Jeffers Center Building, which it will continue to share with The Florence Parks & Recreation Department, The Timrod Park Neighborhood Association and The Florence Police Department. “KFB will begin moving its belongings into the building as soon as the inside of the building gets a little KFB TLC.” states, Michelle Bailey, Chair of Keep Florence Beautiful. “We have been looking for a place to call home for some time, and more than my kitchen table and garage as a storage area. We have exciting plans for Timrod Park around the Building, we will be freshening up the landscaping around the building, the building itself, incorporating a learning center for educational purposes, etc. Having a home for KFB has been a dream of mine for a long time, and things are finally starting to come true.” “Without the Support of Drew Griffin, City Manager, Chuck Pope and Darlene Buchanan of The City of Florence, this would not be possible. So on behalf of KFB, we sincerely thank you for believing in our cause and our vision for Florence.”
For additional information, contact Michelle Bailey at 843-206-3205 or email michelle@keepflorencebeautiful.org . You can also visit our website at www.keepflorencebeautiful.org.

About Keep Florence Beautiful
Keep Florence Beautiful is a 501C3 organization; our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community.

Our focus is to change behavior and improve the Florence community reducing the impact of solid waste and creating community pride by supporting Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Community Greening. We identify the causes of litter and reduce it by organizing cleanups and promoting proper handling of discarded waste while improving the visual aspects of Florence, South Carolina. Keep Florence Beautiful also participates in, and organizes programs that beautify and naturally clean our environment to help achieve our goals. These programs include community education for responsible consumerism; source reduction, reuse and recycling; community gardens; restoration of vacant lots; highway and shoreline beautification; urban forests, native and wildflower plantings; and graffiti prevention and abatement.

Our guiding principles are education, individual responsibility, public-private partnerships and volunteer action. Through education we encourage positive behaviors toward community improvement and teach individual responsibility for improving our community, environment and quality of life. Our goal is to encourage the community to become more engaged as citizens and stewards of the environment. Public-private partnerships and volunteer action create broad-based community alliances and allow us to engage the community as a whole, extending the reach of our education and multiplying the impact of our actions while strengthening community pride. Partnerships and volunteers are essential to the organization; they allow us to achieve sustainable community improvement.

Recent Projects & Initiatives
Some of the recent projects and initiatives of Keep Florence Beautiful include the Florence Cultural Garden in Downtown Florence, The City County Complex Beautification Project, The annual Great American Cleanup, and The Magic City Pride Downtown Litter Sweep. Details such as the amount of trash collected, sponsors, partners, and other project components are available by request.

Keep Florence Beautiful Board of Directors: Tammy Dickerson, Terasa Young, Tabatha Bellflowers, Tara Durden, Victor Webster, Julian Young, Cliff Smith, Susan Poland, and Michelle Bailey.

Plant Native

National Planting Day Logo

You can help plant natives on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 AM – Noon at Timrod Park in Florence.  Volunteers should meet at the large rain garden which is close to the playground.  If you have gloves and a shovel, please bring them with you if you don’t, we will have extra tools onsite.  For more information, contact Terasa Young at 843-661-4800 x 113 or terasa@clemson.edu.  Click here to learn more about the National Planting Day Initiative.

September 8, 2012 marked the first ever National Planting Day hosted by Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates, and its partners.  National Planting Day was established to celebrate the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities.

Native plants are very important for attracting specialized pollinators which lead to the production of food for birds and ultimately many more animals higher up on the food chain.  Native plants also provide wildlife habitat.  As an added bonus, they tend to have lower maintenance, fertilizer, and water requirements making them easier to care for.

Florence Cultural Garden, a Keep Florence Beautiful Project



Florence Cultural Garden, a Keep Florence Beautiful Project

The Florence Cultural Garden installation on South Dargan Street in Downtown Florence is a “Carolina Fence Garden”, this is a Keep Florence Beautiful project in conjunction with the City of Florence and other local and state businesses.   A Carolina Fence Garden utilizes some very basic elements to incorporate both natural and cultural elements which have been designated as symbols of our state. The Carolina Fence™ is a landscape component that can be adapted to a variety of settings. The Fence can function as a valuable habitat element while showcasing symbols of natural and cultural history. Please read below for more information.

Downtown Florence (beside 150 S Dargan Street)

Project Timeline
September 2011

14-16 – Grading/Excavation of Site
19-20 – Installation of Downspout and Rain Barrels
21-23 – Paver Installation (see attached flyer)
23-24 – Volunteer Planting Days
30 – Proposed Project Completion Date, to be ready for Florence After Five Outdoor Concert on S Dargan St

Reference Material
Carolina Fence Gardens: http://www.scwf.org/index.php/education-programs/habitats/fence-garden


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Project Contacts

Terasa Young – terasa@clemson.edu  – 269-5904 (Project Manager/Board Member)
Michelle Bailey – michelle@keepflorencebeautiful.org – 206-3205 (Board Chair)
Tara Durden – tara.durden@acstechnologies.com – 229-7794 (Press /Board Member)

Florence City-County Complex gets greener

Published: May 18, 2011
FLORENCE, SC –The fortress of brick and concrete that towers above downtown Florence showed a softer side Wednesday as volunteers with Keep Florence Beautiful spruced up the landscaping at the Florence City-County Complex.Giving the landscaping a facelift was a no-brainer, organizers said.

“The city-county complex is right here in the middle of town. It probably has more activity of anyone except the mall, but it was not one of the most attractive places,” Bill Picklevice chairman of Keep Florence Beautiful(KFB), said.

The foliage was made possible by a $5,000 donation from BB&T, which also supplied more than a dozen volunteers throughout the day to help with the work. Other volunteers included city workers and members of the Florence Boys & Girls Club who were scheduled to stop by in the afternoon. County inmates also helped with the landscaping.

“I couldn’t have asked for more help then this,” Pickle said. “Now, I’ll tell you there are some here who don’t know an oak tree from a banana tree, but we’re all having fun and doing hard work and it’s going to be really nice when we get through.”

Victor Webster, another KFB volunteer, said work began about 6 a.m. and continued through the evening until the project was complete. Volunteers were rewarded with a small cookout on the steps of the complex when the landscaping transformation was complete.