By Mark Hotton
Floral feature supplier Plantscape will this weekend begin the delivery of 45 truckloads of floral displays to Glasgow to boost the city’s quest to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
More than 800 containers of various sizes will be placed at major road junctions and in pedestrian areas to help beautify the city.
Plantscape managing director Mark Stone said the Glasgow order was important because it showed the Derbyshire-based company could handle a significant contract. He wants Plantscape, which began supplying floral displays to local authorities and other organisations 19 years ago, to be in the running to supply the 2012 Olympics.
Plantscape evolved out of Stone’s father’s three flower shops and has found a niche in providing displays for local authorities.
Stone is now considering investing in a £160,000 2,800sq m glasshouse to meet demand.
He said the company’s products were popular because they came pre-planted with established plants, were removed for winter, were made out of recyclable plastic, and did not need daily watering. The patented containers have a water reservoir that only needs filling every four days and uses capillary matting to water the plants.
Products range from a 40cm hanging basket to a five-tier, 3.6m-tall Eye-Full towers and includes circular displays for roundabouts, various-sized planter boxes and lamp-post baskets.
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