A blooming good idea

Gardner Flora Lyons with Cardinia Men''s Shed members Roger Barnett, Ken Hordern and Alby Mann. 188014_03 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS

By Kyra Gillespie

An unlikely partnership between a green thumb and a group of woodworkers has breathed new life back into Main Street Pakenham.

Pakenham gardener Flora Lyons, after fruitless calls to Cardinia council to liven up Pakenham’s main drag, decided to take matters into her own hands.

“I kept nagging council to put plants in the Main Street; eventually they agreed as long as I volunteered to supply the flowers,” Ms Lyons said.

“So for the last two years I have been growing and planting these flowers and plants – it’s kept me very busy.

“I filled about ten or so boxes. It may not look like much, but it was hard work.”

Volunteers at Cardinia Men’s Shed Pakenham put their hand up to create planter boxes for the flowers to go in.

The self-watering boxes are made from treated pine and plywood, and stand about waist-high.

“They’re very heavy,” Secretary Ken Hordern said.

“There were three or four of us who worked on them, and they took around four weeks to build.

“It’s a really nice community thing; they really put a bit of colour in Main Street.”

The boxes were officially unveiled by Mayor Cr Graeme Moore on Tuesday 20 November.

“My dream has come true at last,” Ms Lyons said.

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