Edmonds’ official flower? History says it’s the dahlia
On a slow night at home, I grabbed my worn copy of “Edmonds, The Gem of Puget Sound” by Ray Cloud. I picked a page with a turned-down corner, and noted I had written the word ‘Dahlias’ and started to read. Boy, I missed this before but, in 1925, our good citizens voted to select a city flower, and the result was a tie between the rose and the dahlia. The long-standing Floretum Club stepped in and recommended the dahlia, and the Council concurred. I checked this story with several club members, and it’s true and some of the history resides in a box at the Edmonds Museum.
That might be the end of the story, except a thought came to mind. Being a Portland native, I’m aware of the big deal made of the rose and the annual Rose Festival activities. In 2000, the festival hosted 2 million visitors and 80 events. The total economic activity that year was $78.1 million. Neighboring counties also benefited from Rose Festival spending. I assume that the Skagit Valley, Sequim and other places also find an economic benefit from their local foliage. All of which raises a question as to whether our City’s dahlias might create some financial benefit for Edmonds. Just asking…
– By Jim Underhill