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Rhinelander's hanging floral baskets blooming in greenhouse, nearly ready to go upSubmitted: 05/09/2013
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

Rhinelander's hanging floral baskets blooming in greenhouse, nearly ready to go up
RHINELANDER - We all could use a little taste of summer, especially on a cool, rainy day like Thursday was. In just a few weeks, summer should be on full display in downtown Rhinelander.

Hanging floral baskets will go up on Brown, Davenport and Stevens Streets early next month. The Rhinelander Women's Club paid $1,000 for them.

All 112 planters are just starting to bloom in Forth Floral's greenhouse. Teams planted the petunias back in April. The Forth Floral crew has been providing the flowers for the last eight years.

Greenhouse Manager Henning Hempel knows the hard work is worth it in the end.

"It adds a lot to downtown Rhinelander and that's what we are aiming for," Hempel said. "That was the whole program from the DRI that we improve the downtown looks and I think it's a good part of it."

Each basket has 25 plants in it. Once they're up, the flowers need watering every day.

If you're interested in helping, you can contact Downtown Rhinelander Inc at 715-362-7374.

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