Baskets and blooms |

Baskets and blooms

Baskets of petunias, ivy, grasses and other plants went up onto 19 old-fashioned lamp posts on historic Nevada City streets Thursday, adding cheer and charm to the downtown experience.

Downtown merchants bought the black iron baskets several years ago, and replant them – or pay Weiss Bros. Nursery $50 to replant them – each year, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce director Cathy Whittlesey said.

A couple walking past as merchants and a city community service officer lifted one of the baskets into place said “Oh, thank you!” Whittlesey recounted.

“It’s nice for the town,” she said. “We get lots of comments.”

The project receives no city funding. Business owners take care of the baskets outside their shops, watering them until October, when the flowers dry up or the weather turns stormy.

Nevada City’s historic downtown has 51 gaslamp-style light standards that don’t yet have baskets. Anyone interested in sponsoring one or more baskets, or in making a donation for any, can call Whittlesey at 265-2692.

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