May 5, 10:58 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t know the difference between a daffodil and a hyacinth. But I am always captivated by the colorful array of flowers at Pike Place Market. This weekend’s Flower Festival along Pike Place is a perfect opportunity to meet the local farmers who grow them and take in the vibrant scene.
“Seeing the whole block of flowers is spectacular,” said Ben Craft, whose farm has been selling at the market since 1974. “You almost want to wear sunglasses to get the color from blinding you.”
The event is one of two times a year when florists leave the arcade inside the market and set up in tents along the street. It will feature more than 30 farmers selling multiple varieties of tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, lillies, lilacs and other locally produced flora.
I can’t think of a better place to visit on Mother’s Day.
• On the sketch: Megan Hiner, visiting from Pasco, WA, waits for a $10 bouquet of flowers she bought for herself. “When I get home I’m going to give it to my husband and have him give it back to me,” she joked. Her friend Jody Stafford said more men should come here to buy flowers. “If I was a guy, I would be here every day buying flowers for my mom!”
• More information about the flower festival at pikeplacemarket.org
May 6, 2010 at 5:34 PM