Spring got off to a roaring start in downtown Edmonds Saturday morning, with a trifecta of must-attend events all before noon. And the weather couldn’t have been better, with clear skies and temperatures set to climb well into the 60s by mid-day.
First out of the blocks was the annual Floretum Garden Club plant sale in the Edmonds United Methodist Church parking lot, where Floretum volunteers had been hard at work since dawn organizing, pricing and displaying hundreds of plants. The club’s single biggest fundraiser, the sale brought in more than $4,000 last year, according to club president Tia Scarce.
“We hope to do even better this year,” she explained. “We’re taking credit cards for the first time, and this alone should help boost sales.”
Customers began lining up behind the tape well before the 9 a.m. starting gun — gloves, boxes and wheelbarrows at the ready — all vying to get first choice of the myriad plants, most from the gardens of Floretum members.
Just down the road, more than 250 elementary students took over Civic Field for the second of three Track and Field meets sponsored by Verdant Heath Commission and the Boys and Girls Club. Events included footraces, hurdles, relay races, javelin, shot put and more.
It’s all part of the Healthy Habits program operating in seven area “Super Schools.” Each school has its own team, and all sports are dedicated toward overall fitness and health through education and self-awareness, with an emphasis on fun, safety, and team skills. The practices focus on learning the fundamentals, team-building and school spirit. These sports provide fitness activities to youth of all athletic abilities, in a non-competitive style. This year’s Super Schools are: Edmonds Elementary, Sherwood Elementary, Westgate Elementary, Lynndale Elementary, Cedar Valley Community School, Hazelwood Elementary and the Edmonds Boys and Girls Club.
More information is available on the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club website here.
And what better way to top off the plant sale and track meet than to drop in for opening day at the Edmonds Garden Market, sponsored and operated by the Edmonds Historical Museum?
The sound of buskers filled the air with music, as hundreds of visitors were treated to an array of booths where vendors offered everything from baked goods to early-spring vegetables (the asparagus are prime!) to seafood, arts and crafts, floral bouquets and of course, fresh-baked brick oven pizza.
A classic Edmonds Kind of Day!
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel