What Beaverton's Landscapers Do...
Beaverton's landscape section provides consistently high quality landscape maintenance to a variety of city-owned right-of-ways and properties including City Hall, Library, Activities Center, Community Center, City Park, Lombard Plaza, water facilities buildings, as well as various wetlands, pedestrian paths, and storm drainage channels - altogether more than 131 acres!
Our landscape section, a small group of certified landscape techs and hardworking utility workers, offer educational resources including classes and materials related to arboriculture, provide professional arboriculture assistance to citizens, and are also responsible for the care and maintenance of the city's popular hanging flower baskets in the summer.
10 Years…and Still Growing
By Katie Wilson
Driving through Beaverton gets more and more beautiful every year, thanks in large part to the increasing number of hanging flower baskets lining the streets. Back in May of 2002, the city accepted bids to hang 280 baskets throughout downtown Beaverton. Today, the flower baskets are one of the city’s most popular programs, growing to a total 360 baskets and garnering interest from residents and out-of-town visitors alike. From May through October, they enhance the City of Beaverton’s Park and Library landscapes, as well as the downtown portions of Hall Blvd, Watson Ave, Lombard Ave, Broadway St, and Farmington Rd. It’s hard to miss the flowers comprising of a variety of brightly colored and massive blooms. Wish your garden’s flowers could look so healthy? The trick, according to City Arborist, is in the water. Each basket gets around 4 to 5 gallons of water every single day, including a 20-20-20 water-soluble fertilizer twice a week. They also get treated to prevent pests every 5 to 6 weeks.
“There’s a Gator loose in Beaverton!”
There have been some new developments to come out of the 10-year milestone for the flower baskets. Among them is the new John Deere Gator utility vehicle to transport the 125-gallon water tank, a more efficient and “green” alternative to the previously used cart. And to help operate the Gator, Nick Meisner, a 4th year watering veteran is joined this season by Ty Whitcomb, who learned the 10-hour route with ease despite being new to the City’s Landscape and Urban Forestry crew. Armed with two watering wands and an electric pump, Nick and Ty work attentively to maintain the flowers 7 days a week while simultaneously acting as Beaverton landscape ambassadors, fielding the many questions from the curious public. Next time you’re in downtown Beaverton, keep an eye out for these two hardworking guys maneuvering the Gator, and don’t hesitate to send any of your questions – or compliments – their way.
We can address any landscaping or tree questions you may have; please contact Jered Lane at 503-526-2237 or Steve Brennan at 503-526-2206, or by filling out the Report a Problem form.
Leaf removal is an important part of city landscaping to avoid slippery sidewalks and flooded street drains. City crews sweep and shovel up as much as possible, but it's important for Beaverton residents to do their part; please avoid blowing/raking leaves into the public paths and streets. Deposit leaves into the yard debris bin provided by Waste Management and take advantage of Beaverton's Leaf disposal services every fall. Visit leaf disposal page for more details.
Why Go Native?
- Arbor Day
- Arbor Day Foundation Opens a New Window. - includes info on Tree City USA
- Beaverton events calendar
- Friends of Trees Opens a New Window.
- Friends of Trees event calendar Opens a New Window.
- International Society of Arboriculture Opens a New Window.
- Pacific Northwest Chapter - International Society of Arboriculture Opens a New Window.
- Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Opens a New Window.
More than 80 of Beaverton's beautiful parks are maintained by Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District. THPRD map of parks Opens a New Window. .