Floretum Garden Club celebrates 100 years of beautifying Edmonds

Floretum members planting daffodils.

On Aug. 22, 1922, a group of 14 local garden enthusiasts created the Floretum Society. Their overwhelming desire was to make Edmonds a “Bower of Beauty.” By their first anniversary, they were well on the way to achieving that vision, having made a design plan, received city approval, and raised funds to cover costs. To begin the transformation, Edmonds City Hall was spruced up with plantings of shrubs and perennials.

The original club gavel

The vision became a reality in March 1925 when Mrs. J.H. Kerr, Edmonds’ first woman mayor, declared a public holiday for “Planting and Clean-Up.” Townspeople came with shovels in hand to help Floretum plant trees, flowers and shrubs at the Carnegie Library (now the Edmonds Historical Museum), The American Legion Park (now Centennial Plaza) and Hughes Memorial Church (once at 5th and Dayton, but no longer existing).

Signs tell where to watch for the daffodils.

This year, the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The spring blooming of over 6,000 daffodils around downtown and outlying areas will kick off a series of events. Watch for a city walking map and celebrations that include special exhibits at the Edmonds Historic Museum and Edmonds Library, two unique art installations, and a pair of public receptions.

Floretum President Inae Piercy and Newsletter Editor Neena Mathew planting baskets for the city.

Certainly, those original 14 members would be amazed that 100 years later, their legacy is alive and flourishing.

Membership in Edmonds Floretum Garden Club is open to all. Read more at www.edmondsfloretumgardenclub.org.

— Submitted by Edmonds Floretum Garden Club

  1. Thanks a million for the beautiful gift you continue to give Edmonds. Your dedication and hard work is greatly appreciated and uplifting. A town treasure!
    Happy 100th Anniversay!!

  2. Congratulations on 100 years of creating and adding to all the natural beauty of our town. Your work is greatly appreciated and not enough recognized and rewarded.

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