Scene in Edmonds: Planting time downtown

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club volunteer Patty Green gets up close and personal with the corner park at Fifth and Dayton as Floretum members assist City Parks personnel in bringing a colorful breath of Spring to downtown Edmonds.  This marks the 90th year that Floretum members have given their time to beautifying the downtown area.

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club volunteer Patty Green gets up close and personal with the corner park at Fifth and Dayton as Floretum members assist City Parks personnel in bringing a colorful breath of spring to downtown Edmonds. This marks the 90th year that Floretum members have given their time to beautifying the downtown area. (Photos by Larry Vogel)

You can hardly miss the reflective safety vests in downtown Edmonds, as grounds crews busily plant street-corner beds with spring flowers.

“We call these Corner Parks,” said Edmonds Parks Department horticulturalist Debra Dill. “With more than 180 planting beds in downtown Edmonds, it’s a very busy time for us, and the Floretum volunteers are a huge help.”

Volunteers from the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club have been giving their time to bring spring color to the downtown area since 1924. “We couldn’t do this without them,” said Dill. “This year alone the Floretum volunteers are saving us about a month’s worth of work.”

New Floretum member Bettie Hugo gets right into the the swing of it.  Hugo just joined the club this month, and "loves getting her hands dirty."  Bettie, you've definitely come to the right place!

New Floretum member Bettie Hugo gets right into the the swing of it. Hugo just joined the club this month, and “loves getting her hands dirty.” Bettie, you’ve definitely come to the right place!

Floretum member Janice Carr assists Edmonds Parks groundskeeper Andrew Terry in planting the corner park at Fifth and Dayton.

Floretum member Janice Carr assists Edmonds Parks groundskeeper Andrew Terry in planting the corner park at Fifth and Dayton.

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6 Comments

  1. I have recently gotten to know some of the members of this organization and am blown away by their dedication and the help they have provided. They also put on some fun and interesting workshops on an ongoing basis. If you have any interest whatsoever in gardening you should consider joining.

  2. I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers. It is such a pleasure to see the flowers when I walk.

  3. The charm of these planted street corners is one of the many things that have drawn me to Edmonds, first as a visitor and now as a new resident. Joining Floretum was at the top of my to-do list after moving in last month. Look for me out there next year!

  4. Thank you Floretum Club for everything that you do to make Edmonds so enjoyable – the corner beds and the flower baskets make summer spectacular to behold!!!

  5. Thanks for making Edmonds extra-spectacular! If I could still garden, I’d be there volunteering alongside you!

  6. It’s an honor to participate in the beautification of Edmonds

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