Don’t Miss the Fronderosa Frolic this Weekend

Don’t Miss the Fronderosa Frolic this Weekend

Once again horticulture devotees will be gathering in the woods to celebrate plants and gardening.  The Fronderosa Frolic has become a happening event every August. It’s a festival of plants, both rare and common, but all invaluable for Northwest gardens, blended together with garden art and the wit and wisdom of some of the Northwest’s premier specialty growers. You will discover plants that are not available at any of the big box stores, and talk to the experts who grow them, including carnivorous plants, species Rhododendrons, plants from China, New Zealand and South Africa, and many must-have perennials. Here are the nurseries and artists that will be in attendance:
  • Amazing Grasses, Estacada, OR
  • Bloom River, Eugene, OR
  • Chimacum Woods, Port Ludlow, WA
  • Cistus Designs, Portland, OR
  • Collectors Nursery, Battle Ground, WA
  • Courting Frogs Nursery, Stanwood, WA
  • Dancing Oaks Nursery, Monmouth, OR
  • Fairmeadows Nursery, Olympia, WA
  • Far Reaches Farm, Port Townsend, WA
  • Mt. Forest Farm, Snohomish, WA
  • Pan’s Garden, Olympia, WA
  • Steamboat Island Nursery, Olympia, WA
  • Swan’s Trail Gardens, Snohomish, WA
  • The Desert Northwest, Poulsbo, WA
  • ALBE Adventuresome Twig Furniture
  • at Wits End
  • Feathered Friends
  • GAR-den GOYLES
  • Glass Gardens NW
  • Image Custom Iron Works
  • Seymour Stained Glass

The Frondersa Frolic was started by Judith Jones and is held at the Fancy Fronds site in Goldbar, nestled next to the Skykomish river. Judith is one of the country’s foremost fern experts or, as she calls herself, a “pteridomaniac.”  Her wild and whimsical show gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show have won many Founder’s Cup awards over the years, and are always crowd pleasers.

So it’s worth the beautiful drive up to Gold Bar to join in the fun for some exciting plants and garden art.  There will be live music by Urban Sage along with raffles benefiting Save a Forgotten Equine and the NW Equine Stewardship Center. The Frolic will be held August 14 – 15 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at 40830 172nd Street SE, Gold Bar. Directions are on the Fancy Fronds website at www.fancyfronds.com. – Janet

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