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Helping Hands: Partners plant flowers to beautify downtown Cuero

By Sonny Long
July 12, 2013 at 2:12 a.m.

Contributed photo by Bridgette BiseForty-five hanging baskets of flowers will soon adorn downtown Cuero. The project is a joint effort among the Cuero Main Street Program, the Cuero High School FFA and Ful-O-Pep that donated the flowers.

Downtown Cuero will soon be a more colorful place to visit and shop.

The Cuero Main Street Program has teamed up with Ful-O-Pep Ranch and Garden Center and Cuero High School Future Farmers of America floral design students on a beautification project.

Cuero Main Street purchased 45 iron hanging baskets. The students assembled the 22-inch baskets and planted flowers donated by Ful-O-Pep.

They are expected to be hung in downtown Cuero later this month.

The project is the brainchild of Cuero Main Street Director Bridgette Bise as a way to spruce up the downtown area while getting area youths involved to take pride in their community, specifically their historic downtown.

"This project is a great partnership and represents how everyone in our community all work together so well," said Bise. "These beautiful baskets will add an instant wow factor to our downtown."

Dennis Jemelka, vice president of Ful-O-Pep, said his company was eager to be part of the project.

"We all need to be involved in beautifying our community," Jemelka said. "It is important to do our part to help our community thrive."

Once the planters are hung, the city of Cuero will maintain them, including watering.

The flowers include varieties of sweet potato vine, vinca (periwinkle) and gazania.

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