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Thank you for your past support - thank you for your upcoming support and we look forward to the return of the flower baskets.

The longest continuous hanging basket program in Oregon is in Lake Oswego, just completing 31 years. It's easy to tell when fall arrives in Lake Oswego — by the first of October, the flower baskets have retired. They always go out with a bang, with the most beautiful flowers and foliage of the entire season. PMG FILE PHOTO - It was another successful year for Lake Oswego's flower basket program.

John Karsseboom, owner of The Garden Corner and supplier to Lake Oswego for 31 years, has been instrumental in providing outstanding quality and care for our flower baskets. There are hundreds of donors in our community who keep this program going with private donations. The Chamber Foundation partnership with these donors kept the program going during the pandemic so our community could continue to enjoy the color and beauty these baskets bring.

This isn't an easy program to continue. The costs of maintaining these gorgeous baskets continues to climb — not because of the cost of the baskets, but because we must continually water them in increasing challenging weather. You've seen the trucks at night after the traffic dies down — long watering wands by very caring gardeners. They all deserve extra thanks this year for supporting our baskets through the hot summer.

The Flower Basket Committee is planning now for 2022. Dozens of volunteers have assisted in the past, raising the flower baskets to their perches in the early hours of the morning, followed by breakfast provided by Joe Buck/Gubanc's. The pandemic took that very fun, community building experience from us but we will roar back in 2022 just like founder Doug Oliphant envisioned.

Boones Ferry Road baskets will return in 2022 after taking a break due to the road construction. We will need to increase our donations and volunteers to bring baskets back to Lake Oswego's refreshed and refurbished business area. If you think it looks good now, just wait until we add the floral accents and flair of flowers.

You will see flower baskets in May when you enter the City from Kruse Way, from Highway 43, from Stafford/McVey and next year on Boones Ferry. Five months of care, five months of beauty, five months of grateful appreciation.

Special thanks to our community partner, Pamplin Media, who reach out to our donors and recognize them in the pages of the Lake Oswego Review. Donations are welcome now as we plan for 2022 and bringing baskets back to Boones Ferry Road. Go to lakeoswegochamber.com/village-flower-baskets to donate online, mail a check to LO Chamber Foundation, PO Box 368, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 or call 503-636-3634.

Thank you for your past support — thank you for your upcoming support and we look forward to the return of the flower baskets in May 2022. To volunteer, email Julia Fowler, flower basket chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Julia Fowler is the chair of the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce Flower Basket Committee.


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