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Flower baskets ready for sponsors

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Whitney Weaver and Ashle Cale in the greenhouse at Douglas High School.

Main Street Gardnerville is offering residents two opportunities to sponsor flower baskets in May; Mother's Day and high school graduation.

The flower baskets that adorn Main Street during the summer are grown by students in the horticultural and FFA programs at Douglas High and Smith Valley Schools, as well as staff and students at China Spring Youth Facility.

The energy and effort expended on creating these beautiful baskets can be recognized by your sponsoring one for $85 through the Main Street Gardnerville Program. The proceeds from these donations are twofold: two-thirds of the funds go directly to the schools to support these valuable programs and the remainder allows the flower committee to continue beautifying Main Street

Ashley Cale is the lead student at Douglas High responsible for overseeing the hanging flower basket project. Ensuring these baskets are properly planted and tended until they are hung for display downtown is an integral part of her responsibilities. Ashley and a team of students carefully transfer these plants into larger containers when they arrive in their infancy as small plugs. Eventually they are planted into holes in the baskets and nurtured for two months resulting in beautiful flowering petunia baskets.

Dalton Wright is a senior at Smith Valley School and leads a similar program to ensure another 25 baskets are in full bloom by June when they will be displayed on Main Street District light poles. He is now quite experienced in his position having been the lead student last year as a junior. Dalton also oversees a number of baskets that adorn the town of Bridgeport as well.

"Don't miss these two perfect opportunities to: honor your loving mom on Mother's Day and congratulate your loving student for his/her accomplishments that will culminate on Graduation Day," organizers said. "Sponsor a basket and let it be a reminder of your love as they enjoy it all summer long."

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To sponsor a basket, call the Main Street Gardnerville office at 782-8027.