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Originally built by Bradden Cappoen in 2009, boxes get fresh coat of paint and native species

Milwaukie Museum volunteers this year restored seven planters that were originally built by Bradden Cappoen in 2009 for his Eagle Scout project.

COURTESY PHOTO - Volunteers work to restore planters at the Milwaukie Museum by removing and replacing soil in preparation for native species.Over the years, the Milwaukie Garden Club maintained the planters — adding annuals, perennials and shrubs as well as watering and fertilizing. By 2020, paint was fading on the wooden planters, which had several cracks forming.

Old plants removed from the planters this year were distributed around the museum grounds. Volunteers first cleaned out the planters before repairing and sanding them. Their second work party focused on painting the planters using Sherwin-Williams "Cape Cod Red" paint. The final two work parties focused on adding new soil and planting.

The new plants, Pacific Northwest natives, were selected for their ability to attract pollinators. Information about the plants used will be available at the Milwaukie Museum and on placards near the planters.

Greg Hemer of the Milwaukie Historical Society thanked the volunteer group of the museum and Milwaukie Garden Club who participated in this project. The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, the Clackamas Chapter of Master Gardeners, Zana Construction and Milwaukie Garden Club provided funding for this project.

"Without their generous donations and grants, the new beauty surrounding Milwaukie Museum would never have happened," Hemer said.


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