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Basket of flowers adorn New Zealand town

by webdev

October 20, 2010

For the entire summer of 2010, baskets of flowers will be hung around Nelson, New Zealand, reports The Nelson Mail.

A total of 650 hanging flower baskets will be put up by the Nelmac Nursery staff and voluneers in order to decorate the city for summer. Another two hundred baskets will be put aside in case one of those hanging is struck by a disease and needs to be replaced.

Organizers hope the decorations will serve Nelson's citizens beyond beautification, they are "baskets of joy and happiness - they make people feel happy," Mike Gafa, Nelmac nursery team leader, told the news source.

Some of the baskets will be hand watered but most will be put on water timers.

The baskets were first created in 2000 by Alan Drummond who saw similar displays around the world while traveling. Each year 150 volunteers gather to help the Nelmac staff plant the baskets. The project is funded by Nelson City Council parking meter revenue and private business owners.

When baskets are hung they will be overflowing with bright begonias, purple petunias and indigo impatients.

Impatients, which resemble miniature roses, are small, purple, pink or white flowers which require minimal gardening effort and propagate quickly according to 


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