Edmonds Floretum Garden Club board members presented a $10,000 check Tuesday to Mayor David Earling and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite for the development of Hazel Miller Plaza in front of Old Milltown.
Floretum Garden Club President Jeri Schoenfeld was joined by officers and Garden Club members, including Pauline Gubbels, past president; Nadeen Miller, treasurer; Patti Greene, second vice president; and Linda Murray, secretary; Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis and Barbara Chase.
Four years ago, Floretum was inspired to renovate what was known as Old Milltown Garden. One of their legacy members, Rachel Setchfield, designed the original landscape in the 1970s and maintained the garden for many years. In 2008, the garden club started raising funds to redevelop the garden, and many members made significant individual contributions of over $1,000.
The Floretum Garden Club has committed $12,000 for the project, including a $2,000 donation for a memorial bench in Rachel Setchfield’s honor. Today, they presented a check for $10,000 to the City of Edmonds for plantings in the Plaza. “We sincerely thank the City and the Parks Department for their support and contributions in making this garden a reality,” Schoenfeld said.
Earling accepted the check on behalf of the City, telling the members how much he appreciated their work.
The park will open later this year.