GARDENING NEWS ...
Katoomba St Blooms
Katoomba Street garden volunteers - from left: Charlie Brown, Lui Friscioni, Kerry Brown, Jean Cowley, Mark Jarvis, Margaret Brown. Photo by Dan Long.
The recent blooming of Katoomba Street is set to continue as the KCCC rolls on from barrel planters to garden beds.
Over the summer, the Chamber purchased the colourful annuals and perennials now planted in twenty-four wine barrels that stretch down both sides of the street.
Mark Jarvis, President of the Chamber and General Manager of the Carrington Hotel, said, â€œTourist towns around the world use flowers to beautify their streets and create an air of festivity. The Chamber decided to do what we could for Katoomba.â€
Mark said that many shopkeepers and the congregation of St Hildaâ€™s Church have happily accepted responsibility for watering the barrel of flowers outside their premises. Some have also taken the initiative with planting. â€œLui Friscioni and Louise Florence of Heart of Stone have created a fantastic display in the barrels and bed outside their shop. They are part of the Chamberâ€™s volunteer team caring for all the barrels.â€
He said the team also includes Katoomba Garden Club members Margaret and Charlie Brown, Edith Jones and Jean Crowley. Local horticulturist Kerry Brown has donated her time to select and oversee most of the planting which has extended into a few street beds.
Kerry Brown said that local shopkeepers and residents were very appreciative when they passed volunteers working on the barrels. However, plant thefts and vandalism had caused temporary setbacks.
â€œThe selfishness of a few individuals is disheartening. And, of course, it adds to our workload and costs,â€ she said.
Mark Jarvis said the Katoomba Chamber has now also signed a volunteer agreement with Council to help weed and improve the garden bed displays of Katoomba Street.
He said that volunteers are vital to the ongoing success of the project and the KCCC welcomes any community members or businesses who would like to participate in the Katoomba in Bloom project.
Anyone who is interested can contact the Katoomba in Bloom team on 4782 2883 or email@example.com