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Published October 07, 2013, 10:43 AM

Flowers getting pricier for public parks in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The cost of using flowers to decorate parks and golf courses in North Dakota's largest city continues to rise, but Fargo's parks director says the price is worth it.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The cost of using flowers to decorate parks and golf courses in North Dakota's largest city continues to rise, but Fargo's parks director says the price is worth it.

The winning bid to plant about 100,000 flowers next spring totaled more than $41,000, which is about 20 percent more than five years ago, The Forum newspaper reported. The contract was awarded to a Minnesota company last month.

Inflation and expansions to flower beds on golf courses could be factors in the price increase, according to Fargo Park District forester Jeff Haberman. Designs from a new landscaper also might have included higher-quality flowers, he said.

"I think it beautifies the area," Parks Director Dave Leker said. "Some people typically think of parks and recreation as being all about sports and doing something active, but there's a whole different realm of people who just want to enjoy nature and flowers and landscaping. Plus, you see full-color bloom on a street corner and it kind of brightens everyone's day."

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