IN THE NEWS
Cross-posted from My Edmonds News
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
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121 5th Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020
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.
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