Where have all the flowers gone… in downtown St Catharines?

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Published October 27, 2021 at 5:05 pm

St. Catharines residents who frequent the downtown core may have noticed St. Paul St is looking a little less colourful these days.

Late last week, we caught up to a couple of city employees slowly making their way down the street, meticulously yanking all the flowers out of the city’s large cement planters.

While the pair of young women were a tad camera-shy (who wants to be filmed on the job?), they explained they would be spending their day going from planter-to-planter doing precisely that.

So now residents will be waiting until April or May to see new flowers planted? Not quite.

“These are meant for warm weather,” said one. “When all these pulled, then people will come plant bulbs to come up in the spring.”

The women estimated there were enough flowers to fill their truck (see below) three times over during the course of the day. So where do the yanked flowers go? Back to the good earth – they become compost.

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