Hanging Basket Programme


hanging basketsThe iconic hanging baskets of Nelson City owe their inception to the enthusiasm of the late Alan Drummond. Mr Drummond saw similar displays in cities around the world while travelling and introduced them to Nelson. His efforts to work with the Council, local businesses and enthusiastic supporters led to the hanging of baskets for the first time in the summer of 2000.

Nelson City Council now funds around 600 baskets to be hung every summer in the central city. They are regarded as the most outstanding examples of this type in the country with positive comments flooding in from locals and tourists alike.

If your premises didn't have a hanging basket last summer and you would like to arrange on for the coming season, please complete this quick form.

Creation and care

Many people are involved in the annual planning, assembly and care of the hanging baskets. Their enthusiasm and passion for the job is key to the projects ongoing success. The team at the Nelmac Nursery begin the process over the winter months with the preparation and seeding of the wide range of flowers and plants to be used in the baskets.

Council then enlists the help of community volunteers each October to prepare the baskets. They are lined and the flowers carefully transferred from their beds into the baskets. Slow release nutrient ‘plugs’ are then added and the baskets are hung in glasshouses at the nursery, ready to be installed around town before Christmas. Nelmac staff care for the hanging baskets with a daily pruning and replacing any damaged baskets. Watering is automated to ensure that baskets receive a regular supply of water.

Thank you

Council would like to say a special thanks to all the businesses who so willingly support the beautification of Nelson by having the hanging baskets outside their premises. Your commitment is helping create a lasting positive impression of our vibrant city for locals and visitors.