Corn is growing along Main Street in downtown Bountiful for the first time in 100 years, says Dell R. Holbrook, 76, a lifetime resident of the city.

Holbrook, who owns Lakewoods Home Furnishings, 70 N. Main, Bountiful, planted a 75-foot-long row of sweet corn along the sidewalk near his store about six weeks ago, after a downtown redevelopment project built new streets and sidewalks from Fourth North to Fifth South on Main Street and suddenly produced a long, narrow dirt plot in front of the Lakewoods parking lot."I had to do something with the plot so I spent $50 to buy geraniums, marigolds and other plants and 35 cents for corn. The corn is a quick growing, early variety that only grows four feet tall.

"The corn makes a great background for the flowers, with its wide green leaves and stalk. When I was in England on an LDS Church mission from 1932 to 1934 I noticed the British planted corn in their parks as decoration and I remembered how well the corn looked with flowers."

Holbrook, who was born in Bountiful and who has lived within a block or two of his store most of his life, said he has already harvested some delicious ears of corn from his flower bed and expects to pick a lot more corn for his table in the next few weeks.

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"I understand there were farms in Bountiful in the early pioneer days and corn and other vegetables were growing in this area, but I doubt if anybody living in Bountiful now has seen corn growing downtown in their lifetime," Holbrook said.

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