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Donors needed for Farmington downtown flowers

Spring has finally sprung, and that’s got lots of gardeners thinking ahead in hopes of bringing a little color to their flower beds and container gardens. The warmer weather has members of the Farmington Business Association thinking those thoughts as well.

Every year, the FBA provides extra-large flower pot arrangements for the street corners in downtown Farmington, as well as along English Avenue on the north end of town. It’s a project the FBA took on four years ago, according to member Clyde Rath.

For years, Rath said, the city of Farmington hung flower pots from the light poles downtown. But those flower pots were cut from the city’s budget a few years back. Around that same time, FBA members toured another community that had a flower pot program in place.

FBA members liked the look, and thought it added charm to the community, Rath said, so the business association decided to take on the flower pot project.

“When you have a historic community, it’s almost a standard these days. Having those flowers up and down the streets keeps (the community) looking nice and inviting,” Rath said.

Doing the flower pot project costs $6,000 to $7,000 every year, Rath said. Each flower pot arrangement costs approximately $90.

As such, the FBA is looking for donations from community businesses and organizations to help defray the costs associated with the project. The donors are listed on a sign prominently placed along Elm Street, and in a full-page newspaper ad, Rath said.

Anyone interested in helping to fund one or more of the flower pots should call Rath at 612-865-7738. The FBA’s goal is to get the flower pots out on display by mid- to late May, so the fundraising efforts will begin in earnest later this month, he said.

“I think it really spruces up the downtown area,” Rath said. “It’s almost become a staple for Farmington.”

The city of Farmington helps with the project. The city’s seasonal parks staff waters and cares for the flower pot arrangements.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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