Hanging baskets beautify city streets

by: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Izzie McDonald hooks up a flower basket on A Avenue early Saturday morning.More than 70 community volunteers showed up Saturday — some as early as 4:30 a.m. — to start hanging Lake Oswego’s 259 flower baskets.

Sponsored and organized by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and funded through community donations, baskets were hung downtown, in Lake Grove and on Kruse Way.

“While Lake Oswego is a city with so much to offer, the flowers help remind us of the village that exists deep in our hearts,” said Pastor Keith Dickerson of Hope Community Church, chairman of Lake Oswego’s Village Flower Basket Committee.

Compared to previous years, this year’s flower growth is ahead of schedule with many of the baskets already draping over the sides to the bottom of their basket. Each of the baskets will typically hit full bloom in a few short weeks and will remain hung throughout the community until September or October depending on the weather and cash donations.

According to Dickerson, the program will need to raise $75,000 this summer. The cost for each basket is about $300, which includes the fee to hand-water all 259 flower baskets every day.

To support the program, call the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce at 503-636-3634, or mail donations to Village Baskets, c/o Lake Oswego Chamber Foundation, P.O. Box 368, Lake Oswego, OR J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Volunteer Tom Maginnis braces a ladder as Mitch Monihan hangs a flower basket lifted by Ian Monihan and Kyle Lair.

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