Sorticulture in Everett is the place for plants and art

The garden arts festival will celebrate its 20th year at Legion Memorial Park June 9-11.

THE ONLY THING as exciting as finding a spectacular new plant for your garden is scoring a magnificent, one-of-a-kind work of garden art, and the place to do both is at Sorticulture.

In its 20th year, the three-day garden arts festival is held in beautiful Legion Memorial Park, overlooking Port Gardner Bay in Everett. At the festival, you’ll find unique, handcrafted garden art by more than 100 regional artists: everything from classical to whimsical, including fountains, trellises, mosaics and sculptures.

The artists vary from year to year, but treasures I’ve brought home from past festivals include colorful glass flowers; a leaf-shaped bird bath; a number of cement and pottery statues (including separate busts of both ends of a pig); and, coolest of all, a scary concrete crocodile head that peeks from under a bush to shock the living tweedle out of anyone who spots it.

Sorticulture

What: The Sorticulture garden arts festival.

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 9; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 10; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11.

Where: Legion Memorial Park in Everett.

Cost: The event is free.

Transportation, parking: Parking on festival grounds is reserved for individuals with ADA-accessible parking permits, but there is free parking in designated lots at Everett Community College at 901 N. Broadway. A five-minute shuttle ride departs every 15 to 20 minutes. The festival provides a package storage and pickup area.

More information: For hours, directions, a list of artists and plant vendors, musicians and more, visit everettwa.gov/823/Sorticulture-Garden-Arts-Festival.

When it comes to plants, 22 specialty nurseries offer an exceptional variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, including a great selection of rare and unusual ones. A few of the extraordinary plants I’ve brought home from the festival over the years:

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