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Hanging baskets spring up in High Street

September 8th, 2015

The KMB team (Isobel Mosley on the ladder, David Ogilvie and Beth Bryant providing steadying hands) install their umpteenth basket of the day.

A set of over 100 small hanging flower baskets were installed yesterday to fill the seasonal gap in CBD decoration between the winter art works and the summer flowers.

Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) members were putting up a fresh showing of Spring hanging baskets outside shops along High Street, thanks largely to a good price discount from baskety supplier Mitre10 Motueka.

A small team - one with a real head for heights - installed 104 baskets along both sides of the street, earning lots of enthusiastic comment from passers-by during the four hours it took.

The baskets have been hung to take advantage of the irrigation system that was installed last year by Our Town Motueka for the full summer show, so should keep their freshness until December, when Our Town Motueka will replace them with the larger summer baskets.

KMB spokeswoman Isobel Mosely says the team appreciates the generosity of a number of donors, and the "good deal" provided by Mitre10 Motueka.

"This small example of beautification in Motueka is only possible because the folk in town provide their support," she says.

KMB initially had a budget allocation this year to put up baskets for winter and spring, using plants appropriate to the seasons, but the hanging slots in winter were taken by the Motueka Arts Council with its "Swinging Art on High" installations through the winter months (see our earlier story).

Keep Motueka Beautiful intends to continue displaying their baskets annually.

KMB chairman David Ogilvie says they received 16 more baskets than were needed, so if anyone would like to make a purchase, phone him at 528 9883 to buy one for $15, the original unit cost.


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