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Cross-posted from My Edmonds News

Crowds mob Floretum annual plant sale in support of club’s scholarship fund

May 6, 2017

The new location did nothing to deter crowds from the massively popular Edmonds Floretum Garden Club annual plant sale, held Saturday morning in the Edmonds United Methodist Church parking lot.

As in past years, the crowds began gathering early for the chance to get first pick of more than 1,000 plants, all priced to sell. At the 9 a.m. opening bell, more than 100 eager gardeners rushed in, jostling to be first get their garden-gloved hands on the choicest specimens.

All plants in the sale are donated, and most come from Floretum Club members’ gardens.

“Our members are all avid gardeners,” said club president Sally Wassall, “and each year as their gardens grow they divide up plants that have spread, put them in pots, and store them for this sale. This year we have more than 1,000 plants on sale. I brought more than 100 from my garden alone!”

But the sale has a bigger purpose than just sharing plants.

“It’s our primary source of money for the club’s annual scholarship fund,” explained Wassall. “Last year’s sale brought in more than $2,600, and we were able to offer two scholarships to horticultural students, both of whom could not have paid for college without them. This year’s turnout is amazing, and I’m hoping we can top $3,000. That would mean at least two scholarships, maybe three.”

Previously held in the PCC parking lot at Westgate, this year’s move to the Edmonds United Methodist church at 9th and Caspers did nothing to deter the crowds, and drew all positive comments from club members and plant shoppers.

“I love the new location,” said Floretum Club member Graham Humphrey. “There’s plenty of parking, and it’s safer because the lot isn’t busy with shoppers pulling in and out. Plus we’re right on the main street and visible to anyone driving by. And even the weather cooperated!”

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

Mission

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club provides a friendly atmosphere for educational opportunities to promote0510d9f90573bfeaab2ee461b64cecaa_69t3 knowledge of horticulture, the art of floral and landscape design, conservation of natural resources, protecting wildlife, civic beautification and above all, the love of gardening, while honoring its charter purpose of beautifying Edmonds.

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Meetings are the third Monday of each month at 10 am (see Calendar) from September to May
Edmonds City Hall
121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020

 

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Edmonds Floretum Garden Club has been beautifying Edmonds, Washington for 93 years. Floretum’s 140 members are active gardeners with all different levels of expertise — including more than a dozen Master Gardeners who are always available to coach enthusiastic beginners.

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Want to know more?  Click here to find out what we do at meetings. Community service?  Meeting Dates?  The 93-year history of Floretum?  Photos from members gardens?  Don’t miss our amazing photo gallery.
All photos on this site taken by Floretum members Linda Murray and Sarah Freudiger.

Workshops

EDMONDS FLORETUM GARDEN CLUB
2017 SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

Unless noted otherwise, all workshops are held at Coldwell Banker Bain, 108 5th Ave. S, Edmonds WA 98020, 10 to noon, no registration necessary

JAN 14, 2017

‘Critter Control’
presented by business owner Karen Awrylo

Helpful information on how to protect people, property & wildlife.

FEB 11, 2017

‘Introduction to Bee Keeping and Garden Pollinators’
presented by Paul Bryant, King Co. Master Gardener and Beekeeper

How to ID, provide habitat & protect these amazing garden faeries.

MARCH 18, 2017

‘Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest’
presented by Jeff Thompson, Sno. Co. Master Gardener & Expert Tomato Grower

Discussion of varieties most productive in our area & tips for success.

MARCH 25, 2017

‘Tales from the Bat Lady’
presented by Barbara Ogaard, Bat Researcher  and rehabilitator of bats for the Sarvey Wildlife Center

This Workshop will be hosted at CHASE LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in Edmonds.
A unique opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures and see live, from a distance.

JUNE 1, 2017  THURSDAY  special    WORKSHOP & FIELDTRIP

‘PLANT YOUR OWN SUCCULENT CONTAINER GARDEN’
A workshop at PETULA PLANTS with Tonya Cole & Petula staff

Personally select & plant your own succulent garden planter.  Plants, soil, pot & instruction provided  by PETULA.  Cost is $40.   Travel to Kingston involved.

PRE-REGISTRATION required BY MAY 10, 2017
More details & to sign-up please contact:

JANICE NOE            425/345-2705 or janicenoe@comcast.net

 

 

Chase Lake Elementary School Garden

It took a village… to create Chase Lake Elementary School’s chase-lake-summer-2016-sf-42community garden. The brainchild of Principal Sean Silver and Floretum member Beth Black. “The goal was about community-building at the school, getting kids to know about growing healthy food, and developing compassion for all living things. Not only did the kids learn to take care of their plants, but the vegetables went to families in need.”

April meeting 2016 SF (25)Chase Lake’s garden grew like topsy: it started with a visit to Floretum, where Black gave a talk about building some raised beds for the school.  Floretum members connected Black with Snohomish County Master Gardeners, who wrote a check for $1000 to pay for to pay for tools, gloves, seeds, and juniper from Dunn Lumber for the raised beds. A Floretum member recommended Black to Edmonds in Bloom, which sent the school a check for $1000.  Whole Foods Kids Foundation chipped in $2000.  Cedar Grove provided soil and compost.

chase-lake-summer-2016-sf-34And still it grew.  On March 12th, 80 people showed up for a work party and built 14 raised beds. Dave Nelson from Edmonds Lutheran Church was an advisor and Black’s brother Jim, who had built homes for Habitat for Humanity, designed and built a prototype and two ADA-compatible beds.

A Lowe’s Toolbox For Education grant for $4000 was awarded in May, and Cedar Grove  provided soil and compost; Zsofia Pasztor from Farmer Frog, along with Edmonds Rotary gave all kinds of support, including the services of Urban Farmer Jessica Raav, who grew up in Edmonds; coffee drinkers at Red Twig gave personal donations.  The League of Women Voters signed up to water every other day in July, then donated $100 in thchase-lake-summer-2016-sf-46e fall and provided school supplies and backpacks for the party in August.  Artist Mona Fairbanks gave the kids a lesson in creating plein air paintings of their garden.

And of course, Floretum chipped in, giving $500 to pay Master Gardener Meila Hampshire to take care of the garden for the summer.  To see more photos, click here.

Black said it started as a school-wide project:

“Every single kid in the whole school got to plant something.  Each classroom had its own bed.  There was a bumble at the beginning when they started out using all compost.  The 6th graders got a kit and took soil samples and figured out what was wrong.  They dug out half the bed, replaced it with potting soil, got the Ph balanced, then replanted the plants.  We bought kid-sized watering cans, because the big ones were too heavy for the kindergarteners, and the kids were responsible for watering the plants.

Floretum member Lilly McLellan donated scarlet runner bean seeds, and the younger kids are very excited. They are just harvesting the dried pods, and discovering that the seeds look exactly like what they planted!”

In September, the school took the teachers out to see how the garden had grown over the summer, and they were blown away.

The garden represents the Chase Lake motto in action: ‘Take care of yourself, take care of others, take care of this place.’chase-lake-summer-2016-sf-53

The garden has become more than just a school project.  Parents, business partners and clubs are invested in the outcome; My Edmonds News did a feature; and Chase Lake families have come to work in the gardens and take home produce.  A Welcome Back Dinner on the 22nd will feature Tuscan Vegetable Soup made with some ingredients from the garden.

Black is amazed by the outpouring of support.  “It turned out to be more than what we expected; it turned out to be everything we hoped.”

…making Edmonds beautiful