Village Flower Baskets

2021 is our 31st year for Village Flower baskets!

The program continues this year despite the pandemic. The Garden Corner will hang the baskets in May and take care of them, watering and feeding throughout the summer.

Thank you to last year’s donors – click here to see the full list of community members who made it possible for the beautiful display to continue.

History

In 1990, Doug Oliphant, past Chamber president and a group of volunteers, brought the Village Flower Basket program to Lake Oswego. A volunteer committee has raised funds and hung flower baskets since then.   

Flower basket chair Julia Fowler has a 10-person committee and had more than 60 volunteers ready to hang baskets when COVID hit in 2020. “We found no scenario that allowed for volunteer citizens to engage in a hanging event while maintaining physical distancing. Our long-standing tradition of getting out before sunrise, on the opening day of Farmer’s Market, to install the baskets, would not happen this year.”  Unfortunately, the same is true for 2021, but volunteers are ready to return when it is allowed.

Jonn Karsseboom, owner of The Garden Corner, has partnered with the Chamber for all 31 years of the program. He plants the baskets months in advance of the May hanging. His team champions the ongoing maintenance through the summer to keep the baskets blooming, healthy and lively. If that wasn’t enough, Jonn stepped in this year generously offering his crew to hang the baskets during the pandemic.

This program, sponsored by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, is funded by contributions through the LO Chamber Foundation.   You can help support the flower baskets with a contribution online, by a phone call to 503-636-3634, or send a check to the LO Chamber Foundation, PO Box 368, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Thank you to our local businesses that regularly support the Village Flower Basket program.

This program is financed by community contributions. These donations cover the costs of hardware, planting and watering throughout the summer months. You can make a tax deductible contribution to the Lake Oswego Chamber Foundation on this website. IF you want to make your contribution in memory of an individual, please email liz@lake-oswego.com.

In 2003 the committee received its highest compliment as Lake Oswego won the prestigious “America In Bloom” award.

Lake Oswego Village Flower Basket Foundation

Tax Deductible Donation Levels:

Grand Garden DonorOver $1000
Cascading Floral Patron$301-$1000
Spring Bouquet$51 to $300
Rose Contributor$10 to $50

For more information, contact the Chamber office at 503-636-3634