Edmonds Floretum Garden Club receives Community Garden Award

Floretum Garden Club President Jeri Schoenfeld and member Janice Moe at the club's Community Garden. Schoenfield is holding the Community Garden Award and both women have the seeds donated by Edmonds in Bloom to the community gardeners.

The Floretum Garden club recently received an award for the development of the Community Garden located at 231st Avenue Southwest and 84th Avenue West behind the St. Michael Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The award was presented during the Awards Reception sponsored by Edmonds in Bloom Aug. 3. The Bloom board decided to honor the garden club for developing a long-needed Community Garden. The Floretum Garden Club has a long history of beautification and community involvement, including helping the City of Edmonds plant flowers in the hanging baskets and on street corners.

Under the leadership of then-president Betty Larman, the garden came to fruition. With permission from the church, donation of labor by Boy Scouts, donated chips from local arborists and a grant from Master Gardeners’ Foundation, the garden took shape.  The first gardeners began to use the plots in the summer of 2010. They are now in the second summer, and in spite of the  cool, damp weather, the gardens are flourishing.

Floretum President Jeri Schoenfeld and member Janice Noe were at the reception to accept the  award. Both women have plots in the Community Garden and have done much to organize and help the garden flourish.

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