Flower Baskets

Make Vancouver Bloom

Downtown Vancouver is blooming with a bevy of beautiful flower baskets, thanks to Vancouver’s Downtown Association. The baskets were boosted into their positions on Mother’s Day Weekend, and now visitors to the Couve’s city center are greeted by a kaleidescope of floral color.

But here’s something that you might not know: the project is completely supported by public donations. Each basket costs $220 to purchase and maintain from May through September. Crews water the hanging baskets daily and on days that exceed 80 degrees, the baskets need to be watered twice. It’s a wonderful labor of love.

Donations are being accepted by Vancouver’s Downtown Association. You can give in person at the VDA office at 811 Main St., or you can donate online at vdausa.org/vda-projects/flower-baskets/. The total flower basket budget for the this year is $22,000, and VDA is about two-thirds of the way to that goal.

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is a 501©3 nonprofit (translation: donations are tax-deductible!) that is completely focused on the visitor experience in the city center. It works with property owners, businesses, event planners, and residents to improve and unite the downtown core. Learn more about at www.vdausa.org.

Above image:: volunteers help lift the flower baskets into place (photograph courtesy of Vancouver’s Downtown Association)

Downtown ‘Couve Clean-up & Big Bloomin’ Baskets

One hundred big bloomin’ baskets will be hung in downtown Vancouver next weekend, and you can help make sure Vancouver stays in bloom all summer long. Here’s how: purchase a basket in honor of Mom for a contribution of $25 or more OR you can help hang the baskets around downtown on Friday, May 15. The costs of this program are completely covered by private donations, and everything is managed by volunteers. To fill out the order form online, click here.

Another way you can help keep Vancouver’s downtown blooming and beautiful is to help with Vancouver’s Downtown Association Spring Clean-up from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9. Volunteers should meet at Turtle Place on the corner of 7th and Main to sweep up, rake up, pick up and clean up the heart of the ‘Couve. For more details, send an e-mail to director@vdausa.org or call 360-258-1129.

Earth Day Camas Clean-up

On Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., downtown Camas will get a springtime spruce-up with cleaning, weeding, and planting—and it’s a perfectly neighborly way to celebrate Earth Day. This day has special significance in Camas, because Earth Day was started by Camasonian Denis Hayes. The Downtown Camas Association—along with local students, members of the Journey Community Church congregation, city of Camas staff and volunteers just like you—honors his far-reaching legacy by beautifying this lovely riverside town.

Meet at Journey Community Church to help with sidewalk and landscape clean-up, pulling weeds, planting flowers and plants, and spreading barkdust. All ages are welcome. Bring your own shovels, spades, buckets, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. (Wheelbarrows are especially needed.) Garbage bags and rubber gloves are provided for litter pick-up. Journey Church will be serving lunch to volunteers.

If you can’t make it to the clean up but would still like to help, you might consider “adopting” one of the lush flower baskets that adorn lampposts along Camas’ historic 4th Ave. Baskets can be adopted for a tax-deductible $45—this helps to pay for the basket, the flowers, and watering. Buy one for yourself or as a special Mother’s Day gift. To learn more, click here.

Camas Clean-up & Flower Baskets

On Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., downtown Camas will get a springtime spruce-up with cleaning, weeding, and planting—and it’s a perfectly neighborly way to celebrate Earth Day. This day has special significance in Camas, because Earth Day was started by Camasonian Denis Hayes. The Downtown Camas Association—along with local students, members of the Journey Community Church congregation, city of Camas staff and volunteers just like you—honors his far-reaching legacy by beautifying this lovely riverside town.

Meet at Journey Community Church to help with sidewalk and landscape clean-up, pulling weeds, planting flowers and plants, and spreading barkdust. All ages are welcome. Bring your own shovels, spades, buckets, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. (Wheelbarrows are especially needed.) Garbage bags and rubber gloves are provided for litter pick-up. Journey Church will be serving lunch to volunteers.

If you can’t make it to the clean up but would still like to help, you might consider “adopting” one of the lush flower baskets that adorn lampposts along Camas’ historic 4th Ave. Baskets can be adopted for a tax-deductible $45—this helps to pay for the basket, the flowers, and watering. Buy one for yourself or as a special Mother’s Day gift. To learn more, click here.