16 inch Wire baskets with added wire for strength come from:
Topiary Art Works and Greenhouses
P.O. Box 574
Clearwater, Ks 67026
Aluminum pans were custom made by:
Acme Metal Spinning, Inc.
98 43rd Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
Thomas and Betts Corp. of Hager City, Wisconsin. made the first hanging brackets. Now, the brackets are integrated into each light pole.
The flower basket program would not be possible without the partnership of the Red Wing Kiwanis Club.
Local greenhouses start seeding in January, then transfer seedlings to the baskets in mid-March. Baskets are typically set out right after Mother's Day and come down mid-September in preparation for fall decorations.
Flower baskets are made up of a variety of plants, including:
Watering is performed by seasonal staff until mid-August when 10 to 12 volunteers give their time to help water the baskets throughout rest of summer until the baskets come down. Baskets are watered daily because of the soil-less potting mix used. City water is diluted with a water-soluble fertilizer for every watering. Approximately 500 gallons of water is used to water the flower baskets, down from the 1,000 gallons used before the City began using a water reclamation program.