Apprentice nurseryman at Blueskin Bay Nurseries Declan
Smith and Malcam Trust hanging basket co-ordinator Lucy
Grigg check on the progress of the flowers that will soon
be put out in George St and the Octagon. Photo by Dan
George St and the Octagon will soon come alive with
colour, thanks to hundreds of hanging flower baskets and there
will be two people keeping an extra close eye on them.
The baskets - a Keep Dunedin Beautiful project - were
actually more like ''our babies'', apprentice nurseryman at
Blueskin Bay Nurseries Declan Smith said.
He and Malcam Trust hanging basket co-ordinator Lucy Grigg
have spent countless hours over the last few months preparing
the baskets and getting them ready for their big outdoor
''Last year, I went into town just to see the baskets because
they are our babies. I wanted to get up there and pick things
[weeds] out that other people could not see,'' Mr Smith said.
There will be 100 baskets hanging up in town at any one time,
adding a lot of colour right through until late summer.
The plants are still hanging up in the hot house at Blueskin
Bay Nurseries but are about to be moved outdoors for two
weeks, in preparation for the relatively harsh conditions
along George St.
''We think they are going to be perfect buckets and in a
couple of weeks they will just be covered.''
Malcam Trust chief executive Andy Kilsby said the baskets
were not just a colourful addition to central Dunedin but
also provided a project and valuable experience for the youth
in their programme.
''Everyone appreciates them and it gives young people a
He said Dunedin City Council funding for the project, via
Keep Dunedin Beautiful, was a year-by-year thing and there
was no guarantee the trust would be able to do the baskets
''We want to look at it as a way we can give young people a
chance to manage a project from start to finish and there is
an aesthetic aspect, as well.''
He said the trust was very proud of the work Miss Grigg and
Mr Declan had done this year.