Flags and Flowers
For the past nine years beautiful hanging flower baskets and planters have been gracing Wall Street all summer. “The Design Committee of the Eagle River Revitalization Program (ERRP), may have initiated the project, but it was another collaborative community project,” says Nancy Schuller, Committee Chair. Todd & Jackie Monge, owners of Custom Landscaping of Eagle River, Inc. and their employees offered to have the hanging pots planted early in March and house them until they could be placed out on the street around the first week of June, after the threat of frost was past. Katie Bevernitz, of Custom Landscaping, worked with Nancy, and the Vilas County Master Gardening Club to coordinate details for the beautiful two-toned petunia planters and the twelve lush planters on the street corners downtown on Wall Street.
The ERRP hired Paul Snedden, an Eagle River resident, to water the hanging planters and corner flower pots on a daily basis. According to Bryan Pierce, ERRP Board President, “Consistency has been the key to watering this summer.” Paul can be found early every morning, seven days a week, making the rounds with his truck, tending to the plants and keeping them watered and fertilized. The watering system is now mounted on the back of Paul’s truck. The City of Eagle River is donating the water so he can fill the tank twice each morning.
“Thanks go out to all individuals involved in the ongoing project to beautify our community. We sincerely appreciate the major donors, Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce, Eagle River Revitalization Program, Eagle River Business Association and the many other business and individual donations we received to help fund the expense. We look forward to working with everyone next year to keep the project growing and expanding,” says Schuller.
With additional donations the Eagle River Revitalization Program hopes to add more hanging baskets, corner pots and Flags. If you would like to help with the program, make a donation, sponsor a hanging basket or a Flag, please contact Martha Geiseman, ERRP Executive Director, 715-477-0645, or Nancy Schuller, 715-477-6206.