Once again this year, members of the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club gathered on a rainy April morning at the City of Edmonds greenhouses in City Park to plant the liners that will fill the city’s hanging baskets with floral beauty and color all summer long.
“We really couldn’t get this done without Floretum’s help,” City Horticulturalist Debra Dill said of Tuesday’s work. “Today alone the Floretum volunteers will fill 148 baskets with more than 1,500 plant starts that we’ve raised right here in the city greenhouses. And amazingly they’ll get the whole job done in a little more than an hour!
“You know the old saying ‘many hands make light work’…add their energy and enthusiasm to that and the job really kicks into high gear. Each year I’m amazed at how the dirt and trowels fly!” Dill added.
“It may be dreary now, but we know summer is just around the corner,” said Floretum Club President Tia Scarce as she feverishly filled basket liners with petunia, lobelia and other colorful flower starts. “Our club’s core mission is to beautify Edmonds. It’s something we take seriously, and we love working with the City of Edmonds to make this happen.”
Formed in 1922, the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club has a mission is to bring floral beauty to Edmonds. In addition to the hanging baskets, Floretum members plant the downtown corner gardens and the gardens at Hazel Miller Plaza, provide scholarships to horticulture students, and maintain the plants in the Edmonds Library.
The baskets will remain at the Edmonds grounds maintenance facility in City Park for a few weeks while they grow and begin to flower. City crews will install them throughout downtown starting June 1.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel