Letter to the Editor: Flower baskets create a positive vibe downtown

Published 5:39 pm Friday, December 1, 2023


The summer of 2024 will be our 29th year of hanging flower baskets in Austin.  What an amazing history of beautiful flowers in our community!

The flower baskets add so much to the festive atmosphere in downtown Austin. It is such fun to hear the delightful comments about the flowers made by people who live here and visitors alike!   

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Once again our great community is working together to get a project done.  The City of Austin, the Hormel Company and over 110 businesses and individuals regularly donate to the beautification project! 

Your gifts also help pay for the flowers in the various pots and beds around Austin and for the fall and holiday decorations in the downtown pots.  Last year we added flower baskets along Knowlton Ave., which is in front of the Hormel Corporate Office and the Hormel Institute.

Please send your tax-deductible check made out to the City of Austin with “Flowers 2024” written in the memo to Tom Dankert at City Hall, 500 4th Avenue NE.  You can also use your credit card by calling City Hall (507-437-9940).

What a great Christmas gift in honor of someone your donation would make!

Thank you so much for helping to make Austin an even prettier city with your donation to “Flowers 2024.”


Bonnie Besse Rietz, Former Mayor

Tom Stiehm, Former Mayor

Steve King, Mayor

Josh Diaz, Piggy Blues

Lindsey Hernandez – Impact Austin