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Cross-posted from My Edmonds News

Hazel Miller Plaza becomes a floral showcase thanks to special partnership

 

Look for another stunning summer of exotic blooms and foliage in Edmonds’ Hazel Miller Plaza, thanks to a very special partnership between the City of Edmonds, Petula Plants of Port Townsend, and the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.

Bright and early Wednesday morning, the truck from Petula Plants rolled off the ferry accompanied by Petula owners Tonya Cole and Molly Malecki. They headed straight to Hazel Miller Plaza, where they were met by city parks staff and an army of Floretum volunteers armed with trowels, who went right to work putting more than 1,000 plants in the ground.

But it’s more than just a beautiful floral display. Hazel Miller Plaza is also a test garden for a collection of uncommon and exotic plants, many native to warmer and drier climes, to see how well they do in the Pacific Northwest.

“This is the third year we’ve worked with the City of Edmonds and Floretum on this,” said Cole. “We provide the plant materials and the expertise, the Floretum Garden Club donates the labor to plant them, and the city provides the space and general maintenance. We get a test garden, and Edmonds gets a gorgeous public space. It’s a real win-win! And I can’t say enough about the volunteers from Floretum. These folks are real experts at getting plants in the ground fast and right, giving them a solid start and the best chance of survival.”

Added Malecki: “Hazel Miller Plaza is really a jewel box of a garden. The planters, patio and fountain create the perfect ambiance, and the configuration of the surrounding buildings combined with the southwest exposure concentrates sunlight and warmth to create a micro-climate able to support plants that don’t normally thrive here, so we’re adding a few of these to see how they do.”

Many plants will be labeled for identification. As a wholesaler Petula does not sell to individuals, but rather to retail nurseries throughout the region, many right in our neighborhood. According to Malecki, most of the plants being put in at Hazel Miller can be found at Swanson’s and Sky. “And if they don’t have it, tell them to order it for you from Petula,” she added.

— 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.
RECENT EVENTS:

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

Horticulture, Conservation, Design

What will you gain from Floretum?  

Floretum is about EDUCATION.  Nearly every meeting features attractingbirdsworkshopNov72015LM2a professional speaker from a garden-related field, such as horticulture, conservation, or design.  There are four 9234d875a4384159916092c5249cd2dfpublic Saturday workshops each year, and we foster learning among young people by sponsoring raised garden beds at Chase Lake Elementary School, hosting  events for children (including our Giant Zucchini Contest), and giving scholarships to college students.95afdc88026b41f7a39272b2e3f4aacd

There’s a HORTICULTURE talk each month. Whether about succulents, cfa6418b78f34adaa2245c55b886bb55ferns, trees, natives, dahlias — you name it — you’ll learn something new from every encounter with our experienced members.

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FUN STUFF — like member-made centerpieces (challenge your inner creative self), garden tours, baked goods, garden-gear swaps, and books.  We share and share-alike.

SOCIABILITY: new members find Floretum to be a congenial, welcoming group –  down-to earth (smile), chatty, accepting, d69d57ca00054c228f3d3b5fca2710d5interested, generous of spirit and time, and passionate about everything gardening — even bugs. And there’s always FOOD.  We bring our own lunches to meetings, but the club provides coffee, tea, and cookies, and 8e036ce5128246769fcfcd62c5519927there are three potlucks during the year.  And a special treat for members: the chance for private tours of some amazing gardens by our fellow members.  See the gallery here.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE: For its entire 94 years, Floretum has been 4499824cb1c44c4a984175282fcd2ba7beautifying Edmonds.  We help the Edmonds Parks Department plant the 278ba9ae4a9e4a4c9ca74d73d30df41fdowntown corners and the Hazel Miller Plaza, plant the wonderful iconic hanging baskets that make Edmonds famous,  help maintain the gardens at the Library and Museum, and put on an annual plant sale.  We have Master Gardeners who host booths at major gardening events, and we have a float in the annual Fourth of July parade.

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2016-2017 Meeting Dates

Meetings are the third Monday each month from September to May (with exceptions for Monday holidays). We meet at Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N, Edmonds, third floor.

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 The meeting dates for 2016-2017 are:

September 19, 2016
October 17, 2016
November 21, 2016
December 12, 2016
January 23, 2017
February 27, 2017
March 20, Evening Potluck Dinner 6 pm
April 17, 2017
May 15, 2017

We welcome the public, guests and new members. KiskerEach monthly meeting begins with a social hour at 10 am, and the main program at 10:30 am. The programs feature educational lecture/demos by gardening professionals. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming speakers.

Annual dues are $17.  You can print out this Application Form  and send it with your check to:

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club
c/o Susan Durr, Treasurer
9130 207th PL SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

or come to a meeting and join on the spot!  

For Membership information, click here to Contact Us

 

 

 

 

Community

IMG_3259-225x300Planting Hanging Baskets  and Corners

Every spring, members of Floretum serve the City of Edmonds by getting the spectacular hanging baskets and downtown corners ready for their summer outing .large_basketstiny_2011

Edmonds Parks and Rec provides the flowers, the pots, and the dirt.  Floretum members, along with city employees and other volunteers,  do the rest!

The more than 20,000 plants that are set out each summer have been carefully selected to survive extreme weather conditions in Edmonds. City personnel grow most of the flowers from seed in City greenhouses.  Those in the Hazel Miller Plaza were donated by Petula Plants.

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Hazel Miller Plaza

Hazel Miller Plaza

The plaza in front of Milltown (5th and Maple)  is alive with thousands of plants, public art, and a burbling fountain.  It was Floretum that first went to the City Council with the idea to make the plaza a public space for community use.  Thanks to a happy collaboration by Floretum, Edmonds City Parks and Recreation, Edmonds Arts Commission, the Hazel Miller Foundation, Edmonds in Bloom, the Edmonds Arts Festival and many individuals, the Plaza has become a central gathering place since 2012.  You can hear free concerts Tuesdays at noon during the summers.

Plant Sale = Scholarships!
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Floretum’s annual plant sale in May funds scholarships for horticulture students at
nearby colleges. Members select plants frPlant Sale 2016om their own gardens, specially adapted to the local climate, to sell to the public at ridiculously low prices. Want an 8 foot tree for $5? Come early!

 

 

Fourth of July Parade

Floretum decorates a float each summer for Edmonds’ fourth o4th of July floatf July parade – and has won a trophy for best float the last three years!  See the Photo Gallery for before, during, and after photos of the Floretum float!

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Floretum sponsors at least four Saturday workshops each year on all kinds of subjects: soil, trees, attracting birds and bees, conservation, frogs, weeds, landscaping, and garden design. Saturday Workshops are held at Coldwell Banker Realtors’ training room: 108 5th Ave S., from 10-12 noon.

 

And more…

Floretum maintains the plants at Edmonds Library and the Museum and hosts booths at most of the garden shows in the greater Seattle area.  For children we feature a Mother’s Day planting event, a Giant Zucchini Growing contest, and assist with the gardens at Chase Lake Elementary School,

Photo Gallery

What’s a Garden Club website without pictures?  The photos on this site are the work of two talented Floretum members: Linda Murray and Sarah Freudiger.  Thanks to these two hard-working volunteers!  Nearly all the photos, including the Fourth of July float, are of plants from members’ gardens.

 

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Trip to Petula

Petula Plants in Port Townsend is an unusual resource.  Co-owner Tonya Cole describes the company’s role:

We are a plant broker, and our specialty is procuring hard-to-find plants for independent garden centers and horticultural professionals in the Pacific Northwest.

“We believe in the power of plants to spark imagination & possibility.  When people get together and share garden adventures and the plants they love, barriers are crossed.”

Petula Plants played host to Floretum members recently for a succulent-planting workshop.

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Plant Sale May 2017

 

This year’s plant sale found a new home: Edmonds United Methodist Church.  We sold more than 3100 plants! The proceeds go to fund scholarships for horticulture students.

 

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Planting Edmonds Hanging Baskets 2017

 

An army of Floretum volunteers planted 148 baskets in just over an hour.  They go up in public on June 1st.

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Planting Edmonds Corners 2017

 

 

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Chase Lake School Garden

It took a village… to create Chase Lake Elementary School’s community garden.  The brainchild of Floretum member Beth Black, Chase Lake’s garden grew like topsy:

“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.”  

Read about the project here.

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Summer Garden Party

An annual tradition to welcome newcomers and catch up with old friends during the summer:

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Fourth of July

 

Parade-Float Work Party

 

 

 

Fourth of July Parade 2016

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Centerpieces

No matter what the time of year, no one does more beautiful centerpieces than Floretum members.  If these blooms are what the gardeners were willing to spare, just imagine what their full gardens look like.  Not a member yet?  Come to a meeting and check us out for yourself.

 

 Spring Centerpieces

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Hat Tea Centerpieces

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Summer Garden Party centerpieces

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Wreath Making 2015

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Secret Gardens

One of the best things about Floretum is getting to see the private gardens of Floretum members.

 

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These tours are not open to the public — a good reason to join!  However, we gladly share these photos with you from members’ gardens.

Photos by Floretum volunteers Linda Murray and Sarah Freudiger 

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Tia S.

Each corner of Tia’s garden is a perfect tableau, artistically arranged, with intriguing plants and design in mind.  The site is steep and has a beautiful view, but the garden is definitely the star.

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Judy P.

Hostas, hostas, and more hostas.  In fact, some 600 hostas, nearly all in pots, create this unique and stunning garden. They are set off by mirrors on fences that feel like windows, garden art, and clever pathways.

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Darlene N.

Darlene is a collector — of more than 100 unique Japanese maples, watering cans, fence art, hand-blown glass globes in the pond, statuary, and more.  Every angle of her garden is stunning, from the overlook on the deck at the top of this steep, steep lot, to the secret sitting area down below overlooking the pond.  It’s a haven, as long as you’re not the one doing the weeding and maintenance!

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Linda B.

This garden in the Edmonds Bowl is cleverly designed as a backyard haven, with mature plantings, creative pathways, and NO GRASS!

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Linda M.

We got to see Linda’s garden three times last year — in early spring, mid-summer, and late summer — and it was all superlatives. This spring was no exception. There’s constantly  something blooming, the flowers are bursting out of their beds, and all around the property, giant trees provide a peaceful canopy over the scene.  Right smack in the center is a patio with tables and chairs where you can relax as you take in this 360-degree botanical wonderland.

 

 

Spring 2017

 

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Summer 2016

 

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Sharon B.

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 Sharon has the perfect backdrop — a simple white fence — that sets off her black and magenta hollyhocks. Every corner of her front garden sharon-b-garden-2016-lm-png8draws you in, from the purple
clematis climbing the front porch to the abundant
hydrangeas and nasturtiums.

 

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Joyce J.

johnson-garden-2016-sf-7Joyce J’s garden is a peaceful haven near the Sound, presided over by a giant birch tree that was imported as a seedling from Sweden.

Johnson garden 2016 SF (56)Blooming beds curve gracefully around a lush lawn.  Along one fence are potatoes, green veggies and berries, and everywhere you look are striking pieces of garden art.

 

 

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Joyce’s raised vegetable beds will make anyone want to eat their veggies.  She grows them in orderly raised beds with gravel walkways in between, but that’s the only concession to ease of care.  These veggies are hand-watered!  The surrounding landscape is peaceful and gracious.

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Janice C.

 

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Dolores D.

Dolores shows what you can do with no land whatsoever.  Her garden is entirely in pots and planters on the patio! 

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