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Wayne Harris with Downtown Greensboro Inc., hangs a pair of flower baskets on a post along S. Elm Street near Smothers Place in downtown Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, May 7, 2009. According to Downtown Greensboro Inc., 245 hanging flower baskets are being installed this week in downtown's business district. Downtown Greensboro Incorporated's Clean and Green Team will maintain the flower baskets. The old Southern Railway Passenger Depot (background, center) is visible in the background. **All names CQ.** (News & Record, Nelson Kepley) PRESS RELEASE FROM DOWNTOWN GREENSBORO INC., STARTS HERE: Greensboro, N.C. – The popular hanging flower baskets will return to Downtown Greensboro today.  The program, sponsored by Downtown Greensboro Incorporated (DGI), targets the Business Improvement District (BID) and includes installing and maintaining 245 flowering plants on lamp posts throughout the center city. The flower baskets have adorned Downtown Greensboro seasonally from May to October for over a decade.  Baskets are located along the 100-600 blocks of S. Elm Street, February One Place, the 200 and 300 blocks of S. Greene Street, McGee Street, Exchange Place, and the 300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.  This year, DGI selected flowers that are drought-resistant and will produce blooms in pink, yellow, purple and white colors. DGI President Ed Wolverton says “The hanging flower baskets are a tradition and an integral part of the center city streetscape.  Enhancements such as the hanging flower basket program help to enrich the pedestrian setting and make the urban environment more appealing for workers, residents, shoppers and visitors.” The flower basket program also strives to be environmentally friendly.  In addition to draught resistant plants, the program also uses baskets and frames to maximize water retention.  Crews often use grey water to maintain the plants and all plants are hand watered to minimize water run-off. The hanging flower baskets are maintained by DGI’s Clean and Green Team.   Crews will begin hanging baskets this morning and installation should be finished by Friday, May 8th. For more information about the hanging flower basket program, please contact DGI at 336-379-0060.

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