By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
WELLAND – Themes have been selected for the city’s floral display beds.
These outdoor works of floral art year after year can be counted on to show off the creativity and design talent of the City of Welland parks division horticulture crew.
This year’s themes are:
St. David’s Anglican Church 75th anniversary tribute: Prince Charles Drive West (corner of Prince Charles and Colbeck Drive);
D-Day 75th anniversary tribute: Prince Charles Drive East (Prince Charles and First Avenue);
A spider and fly design: Broadway (Prince Charles and Broadway), by Dave Steven, the city’s forestry foreman;
Canadian flag design: Riverbank (Niagara Street and Riverbank);
A lizard design: Triangle Park (Ontario Road and Southworth Street).
In e-mail correspondence, landscape technician Craig Danys said only one bed request was received this year, that from St. David’s Anglican Church. But he said “a few” have already been received for 2020.
The theme chosen this year at Triangle Park follows the trend of having a child friendly, animal design for the bed. In previous years there have been a turtle and a snake so Danys decided on a lizard for this year.
The spider and fly are an original design by Dave Steven.
“It is really interesting and should be a real eye-catcher with some bright colors in both insects and webbing,” according to Danys.
A variety of plant material is used in the displays to provide rich colour and texture. Examples are alternanthera, santolina, begonia, duranta and helichrysum. The hues are yellows, different greens, reds to burgundy, silver and white and blue.
By tradition, the floral display beds receive annual acclaim from passersby who admire the eye-catching design and array of colour.
They have been praised in letters to the editor of the daily newspaper written by local residents, but also visitors to the city who are taken with their attractiveness.
Work on the display beds will begin after removal of the tulip bulbs, around mid to late May.