Edmonds Floretum Garden Club wins National Garden Clubs award

Floretum President Inae Piercy and Newsletter Editor Neena Mathew planting baskets for the city in 2022. (My Edmonds News file photos)

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club has been named the overall winner for civic beautification at the state, regional and national levels by the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

The club’s nomination form notes that Floretum has been instrumental in helping to beautify Edmonds since 1922. The club partners with the City of Edmonds Parks Department to assist with the city’s beautification program, which landscapes and maintains 26 city parks, 160 flower beds, 150 hanging baskets, 47 planting containers and multiple open spaces. Floretum volunteers assist by planting the hanging baskets and many of the corner beds and weeding several of the spaces as needed. Floretum also has floral float in the Edmonds Kind of 4th of July parade, in December makes wreaths and swags to sell locally and in May sponsors a popular plant sale.

A sampling of Floretum plantings at Hazel Miller Plaza in 2015.
Floretum members planting daffodils in 2021.

In 2021, the club planted 7,000 daffodil bulbs around town in honor of its 100th anniversary. And in another effort to commemorate its centennial, the club has commissioned a public artwork – a nature-themed mosaic – to be installed at 6th Avenue and and Bell Street, just up the street from the city’s holiday tree, which was also donated by Floretum. The mosaic installation will take place in August.


  1. Yahoo to this fabulous group of gardeners who really love working to preserve it’s 100 year old mission of “beautification of our downtown”. This is a very fun and informative service group.

  2. Amazing! This city is so blessed to have the club. It is great that you are recognized at the national level for all of the hard work and hours spent to beautify the city. Thank you for all that you do!

    1. It is good to hear from Elisabeth Larman. She was president when the city purchased the Old Milltown property (now the Hazel Miller Plaza). She headed the effort to convince the city to buy the property and also lead the way for money raising opportunities. We hope she will travel from Pittsburgh when Floretum has several Centennial celebrations in August and September. She was one of the many great presidents Floretum has had.

      1. Thank you for the kind words Barbara. I feel it was such a privilege to lead EFGC for 3 years and nothing could have been accomplished without the help and support of people like you and many others who are selflessly dedicated to keep and to contine making Edmonds a wonderful place to live.

  3. So happy to see the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club receive this well deserved award!. It is so rightly deserved! These dedicated gardeners are enriching the lives of all residents and visitors to Edmonds by spreading floral beauty and education in Edmonds for over 100 years.

  4. That is a FABULOUS award! Incredibly well earned! I’m super proud of all the beautification work that makes Edmonds such a lovely place in which to live. Those daffodils this. spring were exactly what my earth-soul needed. Thank you!

  5. Congratulations to all of the members of our Edmonds Floretum Garden Club! An incredible and well-deserved honor to have won this National award. I always notice and admire the hanging baskets and corner gardens downtown each year and am so appreciative of all the work and planning that goes into them. Thank you and I hope you celebrated in a BIG way!

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