On January 11th, 2024, in planting the seed for Mayor Ronald Morrell, Jr.‘s “Clean City 2.0” initiative, Marion introduced a city flower: the white daisy, inspired by a piece of Marion’s history.
A prominent historical figure in Marion is Marie Webster — one of America’s first female entrepreneurs, and an influential quilt designer from the early 1900s. Her family home, now known as the Marie Webster House and home of the Quilters Hall of Fame, is where she planted a garden which served as inspiration in designing her pioneering quilt patterns.
“Marie was the first person to write a history of quilts. She was a clever business woman, running her cottage industry for 30 years. Her floral appliqué designs created at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement are still widely appreciated and imitated today, more than a century after her designs were first published,” — Deb Geyer, Executive Director of the Quilters Hall of Fame
The white daisy is featured in one of Webster’s quilts and quilt patterns sold all over the world.
The image of the white daisy is popping up around town, and the community is encouraged to plant them around their homes and places of business to celebrate Marion’s new journey toward a cleaner city. The flower is connecting the community as the first phase of Clean City 2.0 — Mayor Morrell’s initiative to regenerate Marion while paying homage to campaigns of the past.
“I pledge to the citizens a dedication to enhancing the cleanliness of our city. The launch of Clean City 2.0 and a city flower marks the fruition of that commitment. This endeavor not only honors our rich history, but introduces a contemporary perspective as we embark on a comprehensive effort to elevate the standards of cleanliness in our community.”
- Mayor Ronald Morrell, Jr.