The Winkler Horticultural Society planted over 100 hanging baskets to be put up around the city in June. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)
Main Street and city parks will soon be looking more colourful as the Winkler Horticultural Society conducts their annual planting.
A group of 12 WHS members planted over 100 hanging baskets plus additional flower pots on May 8 to prepare for their annual planting blitz next month.
“In 2000 there was a group of us that got together and said ‘Winkler looks so bland,’” WHS chair Margaret Penner said. “So we started out with one or two small areas, and people kept on affirming us for the work that was done, so we kept expanding.”
WHS members will be out on June 4 at 9:00 a.m. to plant flowers in city parks and throughout the city. Anyone interested in helping out can come to Winkler Arena shortly before 9:00 a.m. “We also really need a lot of volunteers to help us spread out wood chips at the Parkside Pioneer Patch,” Penner said.
The committee consists of about 14 members, who split up parks and other areas where plants will be placed. “Our plans for what we plant in the parks are all prepared in the fall so that the greenhouse can order the plants that we need for spring,” Penner said.
Since 2000, WHS now plants in 12 different areas around Winkler. “Some of them are large plantings,” Penner said. “We believe it adds beautification, it adds bright colours. People come from all over to tour our parks and our community.”
“A lot of local people love to walk through the parks and admire the flowers,” she added. “It’s for the community and the citizens of the community, but I believe it is attractive to any visitors that come to our community as well.”
Penner said the response from volunteers over the past few years has been amazing. “Last year we had around 75 volunteers, excluding committee members,” she said. “We have not downsized in any areas this year. We’re trying to keep it more or less the same as last year.”
“We are an aging group of women,” she added. “We feel we have to find what works for us, and we feel comfortable with doing this. We really rely on volunteers.”
There are various areas that volunteers can be assigned to help out with.
The colour theme this year is purple, pink, white and silver.