JUST a handful of workers are behind the flower beds and arrangements that are giving locals and visitors a spectacular entrance into Ballarat.
Anyone who travelled up either Victoria Street or Sturt Street in the past weeks will have noticed the city's flower beds are in full bloom, and a special Halloween themed surprise has also popped up along the eastern entrance to the city.
City of Ballarat's Coordinator Parks and Gardens Daryl Wallis said it was a tribute to the small team of gardeners that work around the clock to help beautify the town.
"We've got one worker and one apprentice that do all of Victoria Street, and it's the same in Sturt Street as well," Mr Wallis said.
"We also have the rose bush roundabout in Creswick Road as well."
The Halloween display, which catches the eye on Victoria Street, is filled with orange viola's with a giant spider overlooking a sign which reads 'Happy Halloween'.
"The guys come up with the ideas throughout the year," Mr Wallis said.
"They do a bit of work on rainy days in sheds, then they work on setting it up and we assemble on site. We normally have to plan about 12 months in advance.
"When we have a special feature like the spider this time, we use all recycled materials, just what's available, the spider is made out of old drainage pipes. We constructed that at the depot and the plant displays themselves are grown in the bed."
Mr Wallis said at various times during the year there were themes.
"Usually we have a Christmas display and what we'll do is leave the plants in from Halloween but add some more Christmas coloured plants with reds and white.
"We also do the Christmas display in Sturt Street, and they'll drop them in around the start of December.
"This year, we've also had the Be Safe, Be Kind message in the plants too. We don't do it for every event as such, but we enjoy what we do.
"This has been a pretty stressful year for people, so if we can put a smile on the face, that's the main thing."