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Gardens of delights: Tour sells out for first time


Last updated 7/24/2021 at 1:19pm

Dorothy Warren

Elaine Talbot's home on Hemlock Way featured a number of surprises.

With pandemic restrictions loosened, you've probably noticed that more and more people are out and about.

More proof: The 25th anniversary of the Edmonds in Bloom Garden Tour on Sunday saw a first: a sold-out event.

"Visitors were really eager to be outdoors and savor the colorful and creative spaces," said tour chair Jeanne Thorsen.

"We thank the garden owners, the real stars of this event, who graciously invited people to view their lovely and inspiring spaces," added Carol Murray, Edmonds in Bloom president. "Each garden reflected the personality and horticultural interests of the hosts. Visitors were treated to serene ponds, vibrant waterfalls, creative plantings, exuberant colors, varieties of foliage and artwork."

Peggy James was one of the many who took in all six homes on the tour.

"We so much enjoyed our garden tour," she said. "I'm from Arlington, and my friend Dianne from Edmonds and my granddaughter and her friend from Seattle all had a delightful time. The girls chauffeured us around to the lovely bountiful gardens, which displayed creativity in challenging spaces."

Edmonds In Bloom works to promote the floral beautification of the community by showcasing gardens and floral displays and supporting horticultural education.

Proceeds from the tour fund a variety of Edmonds in Bloom projects, including scholarships for horticultural students, sponsorships of hanging baskets and planted corners in downtown Edmonds, school projects, and more.

Dorothy Warren

A lilly stands out against purple hydrangea at a Garden Tour home.

Edmonds in Bloom's 25th anniversary Garden Party at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, will feature Northwest celebrity Ciscoe Morris. The free program will celebrate and share the history of Edmonds in Bloom's gardens, activities, and projects.

Atlhough hampered by COVID restrictions in 2020, Edmonds in Bloom saw more than 2,000 hours of volunteer help, which resulted in:

– Funding and installing new landscape plantings at the Edmonds Center for the Arts;

– Funding and planting new garden containers at Fourth Avenue South and Dayton Street;

– Recognizing 150 outstanding front-yard gardens and floral displays;

– Sponsoring corner planting areas and hanging baskets in downtown Edmonds; and

– Disassembling the city's 150 hanging baskets.


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