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CHRISTMAS FLAIR was a great success for Floretum the first weekend in December.  We made and sold wreaths to benefit the Floretum scholarship fund.

Saturday Workshop: Floral Design in a Mug

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club member and floral designer Priscilla Krueger guided attendees in the creation of small holiday arrangements suitable for table decor or hostess gifts.

Edmonds Tree Board

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The Edmonds Tree Board, sponsored by Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, presented a workshop called

“Right Tree for the Right Place.”

From the workshop, here is a list of best and worst trees for the Edmonds area, compiled by city horticulturist and Floretum member Debra Dill:

A few of my favorite trees:
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  1. Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese stewartia)

Beautiful, low maintenance tree with 4 seasons of interest from the camellia like flowers to the exfoliating bark.     Zone 5 to 8. Height: 12-40’. Width: 8-25’. Water: medium

  1. Zelkova serrata ‘City Sprite’ (City Sprite Japanese zelkova)

I love Zelkova for their interesting zig-zag branchlets and overall structure. However, they are fairly large trees. City Sprite is the perfect way to get a Zelkova into a small space.  Zone 5. Height: 24’. Width: 18’. Water: medium

  1. Koelreuteria paniculate ‘Coral Sun’ (Coral Sun golden raintree)

Golden raintree has an interesting leaf texture and beautiful flowers that come out in summer. The seed pods look like Chinese lanterns giving this tree a fun 3-4 seasons of interest. Coral Sun is a smaller variety with red new growth and great Fall color.  Zone 5-9. Height: 20’. Width: 20’. Water: dry to medium

  1. Picea omorika (Serbian spruce)

Even though this is tall tree it’s narrow form allows it to fit into smaller spaces. Also, I love the swept-up branches that show their silvery undersides. The young cones are purple. A very attractive spruce.  Zone 4-7. Height 40-60’. Spread 15-20’. Water: medium

  1. Parrotia persica ‘Persian Spire’ (Persian Spire ironwood)

Tough tree with a great upright habit. New leaves have a purplish cast in the spring and the exfoliating bark provides great winter interest. Persian Spire has a finer texture than the species as well.  Zone 5-8. Height: 25’. Width: 10’. Water: medium

  1. Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’ (Korean fir)

The recurved needles that are dark green above and silver underneath give this tree a striking texture. Pyramidal form. It’s a little picky, but would make a great specimen tree.  Zone 5-7. Height: 20-30’. Width: 10-18’.  Water: medium

  7. Acer japonicum (full moon maple)

What can I say? These are amazing, beautiful trees.  Zone 5-7. Height: 10-30’ (depending on cultivar). Width: 10-30’ (depending on cultivar). Water: medium

  8. Calocedrus decurrens (incense cedar)

One of our native conifers, however, unlike our other natives, Incense cedar is columnar. The foliage is very fragrant and the branchlets sit in interesting, fern-like sprays. The cones are very distinctive.  Zone 5-8. Height: 30-50’ (n cultivation). Width: 8-10’. Water: medium

  1.  Cercis canadencis ‘Forest Pansy’ (eastern redbud)

This tree has a lovely structure which is often multi-stemmed.  This tree has wonderfully purple leaves, and rose-purple flowers that run along the stems in spring. Great tree.  Zone 5-9. Height: 20-30’. Width: 25-34’. Water: medium

  1.  Davidia involucrata (dove tree)

The flowers of the Davidia are what make this tree distinctive. Large, white bracts cover the red anthered flowers. The bracts are quite showy and flutter in the slightest breeze.  Zone 6-8. Height: 20-40’. Width: 20-40’. Water: medium

A few of my least favorite trees
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  1. Prunus (ornamental plums and cherries)

These trees can be lovely when in bloom. Some also have nice leaf color, adding wonderful interest to any garden. However, they are so prone to insect infestations and diseases that you will not (with rare exceptions) have a long-lived or nice-looking tree.

Issues include: fire-blight, brown rot, bacterial canker, crown gall, shothole and peachtree borers, scale, and tent caterpillars to name a few.

  1. Pyrus calleryana ‘Bradford’ (Bradford pear)

Although the beautiful snow-white flowers, wonderful Fall color, and tolerance of poor soils and pollution make this pear an enticing tree to plant, it has a number of problems worth noting. Poor structure and weak wood makes this tree very vulnerable to breaking in wind and ice storms, often splitting it in half. The flowers, as pretty as they are, unfortunately, do not have a nice smell and can be downright unpleasant in the spring.

Issues include: weak wood and bad smell, prone to suckering, pear rust and fire blight, and insects such as the pear slug (sawfly).

  1. Eucalyptus globulus (blue gum)

The most commonly planted Eucalyptus, blue gum is fast growing with interesting leaf shape and color, and exfoliating bark. These features make for an interesting tree in any landscape. However, because of their fast-growing nature, these trees are often structurally weak and, when mature, will drop large branches at random, making them very dangerous. Also, these trees have been declared an invasive species in California, especially in riparian areas. This should give us pause and some food for thought as climate change is increasing the range of species that can grow in the PNW.

Issues include: weak structure, potential for invasiveness, toxins reduce the vigor of other native plant species, and they are potentially harmful to hummingbirds and a few other nectar-feeding birds (although this still is somewhat controversial).

  1. Ilex aquifolium (English holly)

What can I say about English holly? Interesting texture? Beautiful, dark, evergreen leaves? Pretty red berries in winter? I could say all of that, but this tree’s incredible invasiveness detracts from all of its assets. Spread by birds who love the berries, and by rooting in wherever branches touch the ground, English holly easily out competes our native trees and shrubs. This tree should not be planted in the PNW.

Issues include: This escaped ornamental is threatening our native habitats. Birds love the fruit, helping this tree to spread. Also, the sharp pointed leaves on this tree make it difficult to garden under. The dried leaves that fall really hurt when they poke through a glove or they are inadvertently stepped on. (I know this point is incredibly minor compared to the first issue, but they really hurt!)

  1. Prunus laurocerasus (English laurel)

More of a shrub or small tree, English laurel needs to be mentioned in this list because of its invasiveness as well. Great for hedges, this tree is widely planted in urban areas as a privacy screen. When let to grow as a tree, it can reach as high as 30’ or so, and has an interesting branching structure. With all of that said, English laurel has been classified as a “weed of concern” in King County and my personal opinion is that it should not even be sold. This plant is disrupting our native plant communities as much as the English holly and should not be planted.

Issues include: This is another escaped ornamental that is threating our native habitats.

  1. Salix babylonica (weeping willow)

Beautifully graceful trees, weeping willow leaves add texture and the long branches add a lot of movement to a garden. However, these trees are not low maintenance and are better suited for large properties where they can grow and mature out on their own. Willow roots are very thirsty and will aggressively seek out water making it best to plant them well away from underground water sources, other than a natural stream or pond. They are constantly shedding leaves and branches as well, making them, potentially, a lot of work. Willows have weak, brittle wood that is especially prone to storm damage.

Issues include: weak, brittle branches, messy trees that continually shed leaves and branches, susceptible to fungal scab, canker, root rot, and a host of insects.

Trees I really like … but have a few issues with:

  1. Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum)

I actually like this tree. I love the interesting, corky ridges on the bark and the stunning array of colors of the leaves in fall. Unfortunately, similar to the Eucalyptus mentioned above, these trees can become brittle when mature. Small limbs or whole branches may break in strong winds. The roots are shallow and can injure lawns and lift hardscapes. The hard fruits can easily turn an ankle and will hurt if walked on.

This is a good tree with a few bad side effects. Plant it in ‘the back 40’ where falling fruit (and branches) and shallow roots will not be an issue, then sit back and enjoy the colorful show in Fall! (A great, new cultivar to look up is: Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Slender Silhouette’)

Issues include: brittle structure when mature, shallow roots, hard fruit that is messy and a potential tripping hazard.

  1. Tilia cordata (little-leaf linden)

Another tree that I really like. It has a lovely form and the fragrance of the showy flowers is wonderful on a warm spring day. The flowers are also great for attracting pollinators, especially bees and butterflies. It really has few issues, except for aphids. Aphids do not really pose a threat to the tree, but they can be so abundant that anything underneath them will be covered in a thick, sticky mess. This ‘honeydew’ is also a great place for sooty mold to take hold on plants beneath the tree.

This would be another great tree to plant in an area where it can be enjoyed from a distance or in an out-of-the-way location.

Issues include: (No serious insect or disease problems.) It can be susceptible to verticillium wilt (infrequent), leaf spot, and canker. Potentially troublesome insects include: lace bug, Japanese beetle, spider mites, and, oh yeah, aphids, lots and lots of aphids.

  1. Picea pungens (Colorado blue spruce)

This lovely, blue-needled, evergreen tree can add interesting contrasts of height, texture, and color to any garden. Unfortunately, this tree does not live long in our mild, PNW climate. Blue spruce prefer cold winters and hot, dry summers to look their best. We are too mild and too wet. This combination of conditions leaves the tree stressed and susceptible to insects and disease making it rare to see a healthy, mature blue spruce in our region.

Issues include: fungal needle cast, spruce aphid (adelgids).

  1. Cupressocyparis leylandii (Leyland cypress)

Leyland cypress have a lovely, blue-green color and hold their branches in a very characteristically upright fashion. These are large, fast growing trees, easily reaching 60’ or more with a 20’ spread. It is their fast growth and ability to take to sheering that has made them very popular for hedges and privacy screens. But, it is their fast growth that also makes them a lot of work to maintain. Hedging also puts a lot of stress on the tree and opens them up to insects and disease. They are shallow rooted and can topple over in strong winds.

These are actually structurally interesting trees. However, they are best planted where they can be allowed to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, most urban yards cannot accommodate their size very well.

Issues include: too big for most yards, a lot of work if used for hedging, stress makes them susceptible to cankers, root rots, and insects such as bagworms.

  1. Acer spp. (Maple)

I hesitate to put maples on this list. I love maples! They are hardy in so many of the urban environmental conditions that we throw at them. They also come in such a wide variety of species and cultivars that it is almost impossible to choose a favorite. Unfortunately, they are over planted. We have loved them into a near monoculture and placed them in danger of being wipe out. I think of trees such as Ash with the emerald ash borer and Elm with Dutch elm disease among a few examples of trees that were heavily planted then greatly suffered from introduced species. For maples it is the Asian longhorned beetle. This pest has the potential for a catastrophic damage to our trees if it reaches the PNW. So, as much as I absolutely love maples, and will probably still want to plant them, it would be worth considering an alternative tree that would fit your design and gardening needs.

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IN THE NEWS

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling proclaimed July 16-22, 2017 Edmonds Floretum Garden Club week!

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Mission

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Meetings are the third Monday of each month at 10 am (see Calendar) from September to May
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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 95-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 schol

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

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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2017-2018 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 2017-2018 are:

September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18
January 22
February 26
March 19, Evening Potluck Dinner 6 pm
April 16
May 21 (Hat Tea)

We welcome the public, guests and new members. KiskerEach monthly meeting begins with a social hour at 10 am, and the main program at 11am. 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.

Edmonds Branch – Sno-Isle Library

Floretum members take care of the potted plants at the library.

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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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Fourth of July

Floretum goes all out for the 4th!  Our float for the parade this year displayed an abundant and colorful collection of plants from members’ gardens.  We had riders, walkers, and a collective of workers to put it all together.

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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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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.

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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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