Popular Flower Types
Whether you’re looking for something bright or low to the ground, there’s sure to be a bloom perfect for your garden. These plants will grow and flower all season long with the right care.
Gladiolus (also known as sword lilies) have tall flower spikes that come in many different colors. They symbolize remembrance and loyalty.
Get tips on how to bring out the best in your flowering favorites all summer and beyond as Jefferson County Master Gardener Candice Gohn offers “Tips & Tricks from a Flower Farmer,” a Green Thumb Education Series presentation, slated for noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.
Join the Green Thumb Education Series presentation in person or on Zoom by clicking on a link at extension.wsu.edu/clallam (meeting ID 936 2989 8830, passcode 676224). Or, join by phone by calling 253-215-8782.
Gohn has been a professional flower farmer and floral designer for four years, a Master Gardener for 13 years and an avid gardener for over 50 years. She and her partner Peter Gariss own Gariss Gardens, a Port Townsend flower farm that grows an acre of flowers and perennials, boasting nearly 350 different varieties.
“At the gardens I am the floral designer and number one farm hand. I help select which varieties we grow, seed, transplant, harvest, weed and do the floral arranging,” she said.
She will share flower fundamentals on how to maximize the blooming season in one’s yard, how to increase flower yields and how to harvest what’s grown for vase longevity.
Gohn was born in Washington state and was raised in a gardening family on the east side of Seattle. After earning a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Washington, she moved to Chimacum to build a log house, carve a garden out of the forest and to raise a family. She remains there 50 years later.
“Growing plants has always been a magnet for me and I’ve tended gardens for food and beauty since way back,” she said. “I’ve had two happy careers … but this third and final one, that of a flower farmer, brings a joy that money can’t buy.”
Sponsored by WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, the Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series is offered on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October (in November, December and January, one program is offered). Scheduled presentations are subject to change. Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar (extension.wsu.edu/clallam) for the latest information on upcoming presentations.
For more information, call 360-565-2679.