What will you gain from Floretum?
Floretum is about EDUCATION. Nearly every meeting features a professional speaker from a garden-related field, such as horticulture, conservation, or design. There are four public 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.
There’s a HORTICULTURE talk each month. Whether about succulents, ferns, trees, natives, dahlias — you name it — you’ll learn something new from every encounter with our experienced members.
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, interested, 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 there 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 beautifying Edmonds. We help the Edmonds Parks Department plant the downtown 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.