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World's Largest Hanging Basket Weighs 2 Tons
When Jonn Karsseboom says he’s passionate about hanging baskets, he means it. This spring he unveiled a 2-ton, 16-ft. tall by 10-ft. wide basket at his garden center in Tualatin, Ore. He believes it’s the world’s largest hanging basket.
  Built by wrought iron worker Don Sprague, it hangs about 4 ft. off the ground and holds live plants. Workers climb a ladder to get into the basket when they want to change plants — which Karsseboom plans to do often for different seasons and holidays.
  While creating the world’s largest hanging basket has attracted visitors, the business owner says his main goal is to make people aware of hanging baskets.
  “Hanging baskets bring gardening into people’s lives with the least amount of effort for the greatest benefit,” he says. He started making hanging baskets in all shapes and sizes 22 years ago and is still excited about all the possibilities.
  The giant basket is supported by I-beams on a large piece of steel secured to the ground with 3-ft. metal stakes.
  “We tried to over-engineer it, and it has extra support welds and rings on top,” he explains. The basket is balanced and swings and turns with a hook on the wrought iron basket and a hook on the stand. It was built in place by adding parts with forklifts and other equipment.
  Weight varies with the size of the plants, but is about 2 tons when watered. Workers slip a garden hose over the top and water until it’s saturated.
  For folks who might not have room for a 2-ton basket, the creative businessman recently introduced the tiniest hanging basket. It fits in the palm of your hand, holds an air plant, and is perfect to hang from a rearview mirror or to add a bit of green to the tiniest office cubicle.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, The Garden Corner, 21550 SW 108th St., Tualatin, Ore. 97062 (ph 503 885-1934; www.thegardencorner.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4