ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Flower baskets -- more than 1,300 of them -- will be hanging throughout Anchorage this summer, as workers with the city Department of Parks and Recreation's Horticulture Division continue a local tradition.
Crews grew marigolds and lobelia, mostly from seed, for baskets on 4th Avenue, which will represent the Alaska state flag. The baskets can be seen in Mountain View, Spenard and Downtown Anchorage.
The Horticulture Division grew more than 80,000 annuals for the displays, which also includes flowering beds that are being planted now and next week.
"I love to see the flowers," said Tia Buitrago, an Anchorage vendor. "It makes the city come to life."
For $300 or more you can sponsor a basket. Parks and Recreation will put a plaque on the light post to recognize your donation.