Never too soon to consider daffodils
Next years' Lake Oswego Daffodil Festival will be held on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, at Millennium Plaza Park.
The show will include student and adult divisions, with ribbons awarded to special winners from the American Daffodil Society. There will also be a festival boutique, food and a self-guided Daffodil Walk around Lake Oswego, showcasing the different plantings that have been done by volunteers in and around the downtown area.
Previous flower shows have each displayed about 1,000 blooms with a wide variety of daffodils. Entries come from California, Oregon and Washington, including hybrid versions of very unusual varieties, organizers said.
Warm and sunny was the order of the day for the fourth year of daffodil planting held at Uplands 'Named' daffodil bulbs were donated to Uplands and to the new students to take home by Margaret Pansegrau from Albany, Leonard Forster of Shedd and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Havens of Hubbard. Some of these were planted at the school building entrance to welcome people next spring.
Volunteers Susan Reinhart and Mary Stageberg from Oswego Garden Club, Sylvia Anderson a former Uplands parent, Merida Mehaffey and Ingrid Vollan, Uplands students, and Olivia Vollan a former Uplands student, all helped with educating younger people about the project as well as the actual bulb planting.
Kirsten Vollan, one of the event's organizers, estimates that there are 5,000 bulbs planted on the school campus including this year's planting. Uplands Elementary Principal Karen Lachman said she is excited and supportive of this ongoing project teaching horticulture, leadership and community service to the students beginning by actively participating in school beautification associated with the festival.
Some Uplands students have volunteered to set up the tent for the large show, meet the public and answer questions, handle the show sales of cut daffodils and related items and take the show down. Others have planted bulbs at Prestwick Park, the Lake Oswego Library, the Oswego Heritage House and Millennium Plaza Park. They have also gone to Amity to volunteer at the Amity Daffodil Festival, which helped get the Lake Oswego festival organized and operating. The Amity festival is completely organized and run by students as a hospitality, tourism and recreation classroom project at Amity High School.
The festival is sponsored by the Oregon Daffodil Society and Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department.