Sydney, N.S., is letting 100 flowers bloom on hanging baskets to promote the flourishing of the downtown.

A coalition of groups hung the baskets Friday as part of an effort to enhance the district.

Janelle Osborne, president of the Sydney Downtown Development Association, said it’s part of a long-term strategy that will include new benches, green spaces and walking maps. 

'After the long winter it's nice to see that lift, that smile, that a simple flower basket can put on people's faces.'- Janelle Osborne

“It's so important to see business owners take pride in being in Sydney. They decide to open a business and work hard, live hard,” she said.

“After the long winter it's nice to see that lift, that smile, that a simple flower basket can put on people’s faces.”

Osborne said the flowers will also provide a boost to the nearly 100,000 cruise ship passengers who disembark in Sydney.

The Downtown Sydney Working Group includes the Small Business Development Centre, the municipality, and other organizations.

They're hanging the floral baskets from the Esplanade to Charlotte Street. 

Corrections

  • About 100,000 cruise ship passengers arrive in Sydney each year. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the figure was 10,000.
    Jul 18, 2014 5:17 PM AT