ANCHORAGE -

There are a lot of attractions to catch your attention in downtown Anchorage, but hanging out just a little bit above the sidewalks are hundreds of lobelia baskets. The flowers are drawing the envy of people visiting Alaska, and folks who live here as well.

"They're blue and gold to match the Alaska state colors, and we've been doing them now for I'd say about 35 years, or so,” said Steve Gray, the working foreman for the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.

The baskets line 2nd, 3rd and 4th avenues, as well as some side streets.

"The primary flower in them is the blue lobelia, and then they have gold marigolds on top,” Gray said.

Workers start growing the flowers in January, then begin assembling the baskets in March. Lobelias thrive in cool, dry weather.

The flowers are currently in full bloom, but will begin to die off in late August.