Garden spots

  • Sue Waldburger<br>Enterprise writer
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:37am

Weekends spent mulching and deadheading paid off for dozens of Edmonds residents whose yards, balconies and window boxes were deemed the best of the best in the annual Edmonds in Bloom Garden Competition.

Winners of the city-wide competition were announced Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Edmonds Conference Center. Winners of gold, or top-level, awards received a ceramic wall vase by area clay-artist Michael Tanis. Silver-award winners were given a plaque designed by Tanis. Bronze winners were presented a picture of their garden in a ceramic picture frame created by Linda McCrystal, also a clay artist.

Listings of entries, addresses grouped by area, are available at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., and the Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Log Cabin Information Center, 120 Fifth Ave. N.

Yards probably won’t be as spectacular now as they were when they were judged, “but c’est la vie,” quipped Barbara Chase of the Edmonds in Bloom Garden Competition committee.

Seventy entries were received this year. The big variety in color, plant choice and design made it interesting for the judges, Chase said.

For those garden lovers who wonder why their favorite yard or patio display didn’t make the list of winners, Chase might have the answer.

The key requirement — and one entrants often fail to fully understand — is that gardens have to be fully visible from the street, she explained. “Many beautiful gardens are rated lower because only part is visible from the street. We try to explain that but it does not always sink in.

“We hate to discourage anyone who wants to participate but the goal has always been to make Edmonds more beautiful for those who walk or drive by to enjoy.”

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