Look What Happened in Lake Oswego While You Were Sleeping

Flower basketsWhile most of you were sleeping Saturday morning, close to 65 volunteers set out in organized groups across Lake Oswego to hang the flower baskets which will paint our streets with color all summer long.

While these early risers (try 4:30 a.m.) put faces (albeit sleepy-eyed) to the effort behind Lake Oswego’s Village Flower Basket program, there are other hands that pitch in sight unseen.

Those include the donors whose contributions from $5 to $500 help the basket committee meet its $75,000 budget.

This year a record 270 baskets were hung at a cost of $300 each which includes not only the planting, but the maintenance throughout the season.

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Here’s what the baskets look like in all their summer glory.

Few volunteer efforts reap such visual rewards. My wife and I have never had a summer visitor who hasn’t commented on their beauty.

The program has earned national recognition too, winning an “America in Bloom” award in 2003 with a 5 out of 5 rating for floral displays. In addition, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, which manages the program, receives requests for help from other communities hoping to establish a similar program.

We are blessed to live in such a beautiful spot. The lake is natural beauty which we can’t take much credit for; however, the flower baskets are man-made-hung-and funded. It’s that kind of collective oomph that makes Lake Oswego such a special place to live. You are welcome to join in the spirit of making it all happen. Donations are still being accepted by calling the chamber at 503.636.3634.

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About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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