Dichondra silver falls the star in city planters
THE CBD is blooming.
Gisborne District Council's “garden team” are enjoying positive public feedback concerning the colourful large flower beds in the city centre, with the Dichondra silver falls “being the star of this summer season”.
Council amenity and horticulture supervisor Belen Ballester said staff had paid special attention to the planters in the CBD and enjoyed receiving many compliments from the public.
“We put so much effort into these gardens, so it's nice for the team to receive this feedback.”
“It's good to know the community is saying how gorgeous the pots are looking.
“We feel proud of the hard mahi we are doing.”
Maintenance work includes regular watering, feeding the planters with seaweed every 15 days, keeping them tidy and free of weeds, deadheading to promote the growth of new flowers and trimming.
“We also carefully consider the design and which species will be used for the following season.
“We look for a combination of colours and shapes and draw from past experience to know what works well in these planters.”
Ms Ballester said Dichondra silver falls had been used in the past “but we didn't achieve the cascade effect seen this year, so we are proud of the result”.
Mayor Rehette Stoltz said she had also positive public feedback.
“I am proud of how our council recreational teams have worked tirelessly leading into the busy season to prepare not only our CBD, but also our other gardens and reserves for the summer season
“Feedback have been very positive and the beautiful flower pots in the CBD have been particularly popular and added a bit of vibrancy to the city streets.”
Te Hapara Garden Club member Bev Miller said herself and daughter Amanda, visiting her home town during the holidays, had both commented favourably on the flower pots.
They looked nice and colourful and beautified the CBD.
Mrs Miller said the flower pots reminded her of what she had seen in Germany with colourful and low-hanging gardens.
But she enjoyed the cascading nature of the Dichondra silver falls.
It was a good team who was responsible for the flower pots, she said.
The Gisborne Herald has also received positive feedback though Letters to the Editor.
One writer said the flowers and other plants in the planters looked fabulous. “Thank you to whoever designed and planted the plants.”
Another letter from “visitors from Tauranga” said the large pots in the main street looked beautiful.
“Well done those responsible for them.”