Kamloops, BC – Council approved a recommendation today to de-commission the City’s unheated greenhouse and outsource the supply of flowers previously grown in the facility. This will reduce the Horticulture budget by $50,000, and the funds will be transferred to the Parks General Fund to offset increased operating costs in 2018 for new parks in Aberdeen and Juniper West neighbourhoods.
The City owns one heated tropical greenhouse and one unheated greenhouse. Recently, the unheated greenhouse became structurally unsound, leaving Council to decide if it should be repaired or demolished.
The City will continue to operate the heated greenhouse, which saves the City thousands of dollars per year by housing the City’s tropical plants, centrepieces, grasses, perennials, and hanging baskets, which are very expensive to purchase from nurseries.
For over 25 years, the City has grown its own flowers for City parks and baskets. Over the last few years, the City’s greenhouses have become two of the few remaining municipal greenhouses in BC, as more cities cannot afford to upgrade their existing greenhouses.
Senior Parks Supervisor
City of Kamloops