Hanging Baskets & Nursery
Victoria's trademark hanging baskets are a sign that summer has arrived.
Hanging Basket Workshop:
Saturday, May 11, 2019: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre
Have you ever wanted to replicate those beautiful hanging baskets in downtown Victoria? Using a commercial grade hanging basket this course will provide the opportunity to learn to plant your own basket with all the same materials as the baskets downtown. All materials provided, including expert instruction by City of Victoria greenhouse staff. Please note that the weight of the reusable container is approx. 60 lbs planted. Hardware can be returned after the summer season for a $25 cash refund. Register here or call the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre at 250.361.0732.
Growing and Assembly
Plants for the baskets are grown in the City of Victoria's nursery, located in the southeast corner of Beacon Hill Park. In late April, a crew of six gardeners begins construction of approximately 1,350 hanging baskets. This process takes place over a four-week period.
After the baskets are made, they are conditioned first for one week in the greenhouse and then moved outside to acclimatise. In early June, the baskets are placed on the City's signature lampposts.
The City waters the hanging baskets every night throughout the summer, between 10:45 p.m. to 7:15 a.m. Trucks transport water in 2,250 litre tanks, and hand-held wands are used to water the flowers. Parks staff give each basket 6.5 litres of water containing a trace amount of fertilizer. Baskets in exposed areas are watered 6 - 7 times per week, whereas baskets in sheltered locations are watered 4 - 5 times per week, depending on the weather.
Shade baskets were introduced in the 1990s as the City's boulevard trees grew larger and cast more shade. A mixture of six different varieties of plants are used to make a Victoria shade basket, with a total of 28 plants included in each. This year's shade basket includes Impatiens Walleriana such as Super Elfin, Dazzler and Extreme Series and trailing plants such as Rhodochiton Atrosanguineum, Lysimachia Nummularia Goldilocks and Dichondra Emerald Falls.
DIY Hanging Basket
Read the hanging basket brochure [PDF - 423 KB] to learn how to make your own flower hanging basket!