Cafe's floral display cops a spray

ALAN Tampion’s blooming pelargoniums at the rear of his Liebig Street Savoy Restaurant have turned a sad shade of brown after a Warrnambool City Council worker seemingly mistook them for weeds while spraying around the edge of the Parkers car park.

Flowers behind a few other nearby business premises have also wilted. “Our garden bed has been there for years,” he told The Standard.

“People would admire the flowers and sometimes take cuttings.

“There’s only a little bit left untouched by the spray. We’ll have to prune out the dead sections.”

After an inquiry from The Standard the council investigated and later admitted blame.

“Council staff were responsible for the spraying of herbicide that poisoned a bed of pelargoniums behind Liebig Street shops off Parkers car park,” communications manager Nick Higgins said.

“We apologise for this mistake and will replace the plants.”

It is understood replacement flowers will be planted next week. 

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