The council said its Bradley nursery was "not a cost effective business model" and that there is "reducing demand" for its plants so recommends closing it in August.
Campaigner Peter Fawcett, a former nursery employee, said: "In contrast Leeds are investing in their parks and have opened a brand new nursery. Now is Leeds on another continent? Have they not suffered the same austerity cut backs as Kirklees?" He is set to protest against the move, saying the council's figures are incorrect.
In a report to be presented today, the council says it costs £424,000 a year to run the nursery against £42,200 to bring in bedding and hanging baskets. This could be through Darlington council, contracted out to First Impressions Displays of Ackworth.
A third option, of 'business diversification' has not been recommended becaise of "limited income generation opportunities", an "increase in resourcing costs and "additional capital investment required".
The council said it could save £169,000 a year through outsourcing. A diversification plan to sell vegetable plugs would bring in £5,250 net a year.
Implications for the Council stated are: "There would be a saving to the Council on the cost of supply of seasonal bedding and hanging baskets, if the activity is outsourced, resulting in the nursery provision being closed completely and plants supplied direct to our depots. This does reduce the council’s capacity to meet other plant needs in-house such as decorative features and office planters for civic events. The Nursery was also involved in the supply of plants to the transformation of St Georges Square during the Tour de France event; this capacity would also be lost."
Officer recommendations and reasons are "that Cabinet members acknowledge the findings of the best value exercise and support the officer delegated decision to outsource the supply of seasonal bedding and hanging baskets. In order to continue future supply internally we would need to plan and implement any decision from August 2016.
"Officers to identify other supply methods for office planters if Council services consider them suitable to continue in the future. This internal spend amounts to £44,000 per annum currently. Officers will ensure any available over capacity/supply is available for public sale. Officers are currently recruiting to a volunteer co-ordination post to assist individuals and groups to undertake voluntary activity in our parks and open spaces, for example planting."