Thanks to heavier-than-usual rains this past winter, gardens, from estate-size to modest backyard home gardens throughout the area appear “bloomier” than usual.
Still, there’s always room for just one more plant…perhaps some of those tiny pink flower that gave the name: Steilacoom to “the town of pink flowers.”
Gardeners by the dozens descended Saturday morning on Steilacoom, in search of garden starts, unusual plants, such as the native “pink”, as well as fresh-cut flowers for their tables.
Steilacoom Garden Club’s annual, pre-Mother’s Day sale took place between the Bair Store and the now-closed Key Bank. Proceeds from this traditional yearly sale are used to purchase the flower baskets that hang from lampposts along Lafayette Street between Memorial and Labor Day.
Garden Club members also plant and care for assorted flowerbeds around the waterfront community.
Besides bulbs, plants and fragrant purple and white lilac bouquets, an assortment of George Rybolt’s one-of-a-kind birdhouses and garden sculptures were for sale. One nearby display table featured a small, tinsel-trimmed Christmas tree, decorated with tiny aprons, each containing a packet of flower seeds, perfect for those who wanted to really start from “scratch.”
Thanks to all who purchased plants to make this year’s basket project a success.