Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Time to bloom

Spring has sprung and it’s time to fill those large blue pots with flowers. The Wahkiakum Blooms Team stays busy throughout the year to keep the pots full of flowers and seasonal decorations. The project began in 2018 with a group of dedicated volunteers and a donation from the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce. The goal was to bring beautification to the county, one blue pot at a time. Starting with just 8 blue planters, they have grown to 40. According to Donna Beaupre, there are currently 11 volunteers. “We welcome others to join our efforts to beautify and maintain the planters, especially during the summer months. We have planters throughout the county that rely on volunteer efforts.” They are hand watered by the team, but Beaupre is reaching out to the merchants to water the planters that sit outside their businesses. “The pots that are outside of Main Street in Cathlamet are already being taken care of by those businesses.”

The planters display red geraniums and Million Bell petunias during the spring and summer. The Wahkiakum High School has been overwintering the geraniums in their greenhouse, which reduces the price to fill the pots. Puget Island Nursery will help the group order in enough flowers to make a splash.

Sponsors of the project can have a marker placed with their names in the planters. The sponsorships start at $50 to include a marker, or you can donate $25 for your name to be listed on their Facebook page. You can find more donation information at If you want to be a volunteer, contact the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce at 360-795-9996.


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