Planting 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 .
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.
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!
Floretum’s annual plant sale in May funds scholarships for horticulture students at
nearby colleges. Members select plants from 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 of 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!
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.
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,