Downtown Issaquah launches annual Flowers on Front Street

The flowers are funded entirely through donations and locals can make donations for Mother’s Day.

The downtown flower baskets in Issaquah are funded entirely through donations and maintained by the Downtown Issaquah Association. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Issaquah Association

The downtown flower baskets in Issaquah are funded entirely through donations and maintained by the Downtown Issaquah Association. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Issaquah Association

The Downtown Issaquah Association recently launched its annual Flowers on Front Street campaign which aims to bring hanging flower baskets to the city’s historical downtown district.

The campaign is exclusively funded by donations from the community which go toward the purchase and maintenance of the flower baskets from May to October. Additionally, the flowers are grown locally at the Squak Mt. Nursery.

“Everyone loves these stunning flower baskets, and what they do for the downtown Issaquah landscape,” said Gaila Gutierrez of the Downtown Issaquah Association. “The baskets are made possible through donations from the public and businesses throughout Issaquah. Without this generous support, the baskets cannot happen.”

The campaign aims to purchase 50 baskets for the downtown streetscape and will even include a Mother’s Day Card for certain contributions.

“They’re quite large, quite colorful and I’ve often seen people walking around, pointing at them and taking pictures with them, noticing how many there are along the road,” Gutierrez said. “It makes downtown kind of pop and brings in that summer atmosphere… It makes people feel really good and especially if you’re sitting outside.”

According to Gutierrez, the Issaquah community has been positive toward the Flowers on Front Street for the six years she’s seen the campaign within the city. Throughout the years, the Downtown Issaquah Association has made changes to the flower’s maintenance to cut costs and water consumption.

Gutierrez said simply reducing watering frequency during colder months helped save about 5,000 gallons of water each year.

The campaign runs from mid-February to May 1 every year, but the May 1 cutoff is only for the Mother’s Day portion. The Downtown Issaquah Association will always accept donations for the Flowers on Front Street.

A $250 donation covers the purchase cost and five-month maintenance of one flower basket. Additionally, the donation earns recognition on the Downtown Issaquah Association Community Board, and a Mother’s Day card stating the donation was made in their honor.

Locals can also donate $10 or more to the campaign — $50 earns a Mother’s Day card.

“Every bit counts to help make this happen, so I like people to know that they don’t have to spend a ton of money and every little bit helps go towards the purchase of these,” Gutierrez said. “Without their generous help, it would be difficult to pull this off.”

Locals can learn how to participate in the campaign on the Downtown Issaquah Association website, downtownissaquah.com.

“Many community members like to participate in (this), but there are also a lot of people in the community who don’t realize how these baskets come about,” Gutierrez said. “A lot of people think it’s just the city (but) donations are the only way we get these up.”


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Life

Local musicians hold virtual benefit concert for mental health

The stream-a-thon supports NAMI Eastside and nonprofit Hold Your Crown

Shot from a 2018 Village Theatre production of “Matilda the Musical.” Photo by Mark Kitaoka
Village Theatre providing online options for youth summer programs

While the theatre’s mainstage productions are postponed, virtual programs are ramping up.

On April 16, first responders from the Eastside gathered with fire trucks outside of Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah to cheer on hospital workers as a sign of appreciation for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Corey Morris / staff photo
Appreciation and solidarity

First responders cheer on hospital workers.

Toilet paper as essential? | Column

A monthly column about mindfulness and mental well-being.

Photo by Jean Johnson Photography
Groceries giveaway at Eastridge Church, April 18

The Issaquah location will give away bags of groceries to 500 families.

‘Don’t assume it can’t happen to you’

Federal Way resident Evelyn Allcorn shares story of her husband’s battle with COVID-19 after he tested positive on March 28.

Savannah Lynn and Will Chadek in the Second Story Repertory of Redmond’s production of “The Fantasticks.” “The Fantasticks” had been performed three times by the organization until coronavirus concerns resulted in the cancellation of the remaining dates. Photo by Michael Brunk
How is the coronavirus affecting the arts?

Representatives from Eastside arts institutions discuss their experiences.

Natalie DeFord/staff photo
                                Molly, a 4-year-old dog, playing with her humans Buck and Linda Dentinger at Tibbetts Valley Park in Issaquah in February, 2020.
A call for dog park artists

Issaquah accepting applications until March 25.

A previous Holi celebration at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. File photo
Holi 2020 returning to Lake Sammamish State Park

Festival of color is a celebration of spring.

Conservation programs hold presentation in Issaquah on coexisting with local wildlife

Conservation Northwest and Woodland Park Zoo discuss engaging the community in conservation efforts.

Celebrate Leap of Kindness Day in Issaquah

Leap of Kindness Day reminds the community to spread kindness by donating to local non-profits.