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PLANT LOVERS UNITE:
FRONDEROSA FROLIC IS HERE!
August 08, 2008
(GOLD BAR, WA) -- It is a plant lover’s paradise, a fern lover’s frolic, a green lover’s goody bar. Yes, the 9th Annual Fronderosa Frolic comes to Gold Bar tomorrow and Sunday.
Once a year, plant experts and plant lovers from the best specialty nurseries in the Northwest gather in Gold Bar, Washington to compare notes, trade plants, and camp by the Skykomish River.
The event is hosted by Judith Jones at Fancy Fronds Nursery near Gold Bar. Visitors to the event can talk with plant experts and also get a jump on what plants may be the next big thing in gardening or find that one special specimen that is perfect for that spot in your garden that you just haven’t quite got figured out yet.
In addition to Fancy Fronds, specialty nurseries invited to attend include Cistus Nursery of Sauvie Island, Oregon. Cistus Nursery specializes in Mediterranean plants and hardy tropicals. There’s also Desert Northwest, offering cold-hardy desert plants, and Chimacum Woods, with many kinds of species rhododendrons.
Many of the new plants introduced by commercial growers are first discovered or grown by keen “plant people” operating small specialty nurseries. Here’s your chance to learn about exciting new introductions before they become widely available.
This annual celebration of plants, and those who are fascinated by them, takes place from 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow and Sunday, August 9th and 10th, at Fancy Fronds Nursery located off Highway 2 just east of Gold Bar.
Carpooling is recommended as the road leading to Fancy Fronds is a narrow private lane. Parking attendants will be on hand to direct visitors in and out as well as to parking spaces. There is limited wheelchair access to the greenhouses, though there is wheelchair access available to the rest of the festival.
Frolic Address: 40830 172nd Street SE Gold Bar, Washington. Ph: (360) 793-1472
Option 1: I-5 to HWY 2 Eastbound. Take exit 194 off I-5 in Everett. Take HWY 2 East approximately 30 miles towards Gold Bar.
Option 2: From I-405 take exit 23 to SR 522. Take 522 east to Monroe.Turn left at the junction of HWY 2 and HWY 522 in Monroe, follow HWY 2, east to Gold Bar. Recommended: arrive at junction of I-405 and I-5 before 3:00pm. If traffic is good, this is the fastest route from Seattle.
A Google map can be found here: Google Map To Fancy Fronds.
Using the Google map link you can see the routes above more quickly.
Arriving in Gold Bar:
Fancy Fronds Nursery is located on the east end of Gold Bar on the right side of HWY 2 as one is driving east bound. There will be signs indicating where to turn right onto Dorman Road just after the Mountain View Diner.
Follow Dorman Road over Rail Road tracks, follow road left (east) at the end of the fenced field, to 408 Ave SE and 172 Street SE.
Turn right (south) at 408 Ave SE, which turns into 172 Street SE when it curves left (east). Fancy Fronds is at the end of 172nd Street SE, on the right side with big greenhouses. Turn right into the driveway. There will be parking staff coordinating the parking.
Other specialty Northwest nurseries for plant lovers include:
Amazing Grasses ~ Estacada, OR
Botanica ~ Seattle, WA
Bloom River ~ Eugene, OR
Cistus Designs ~ Portland, OR
Chimacum Woods ~ Port Ludlow, WA
Coldsprings Garden Nursery ~ Duvall, WA
Collectors Nursery ~ Battle Ground, WA
Connor Bamboo ~ Portland, OR
Courting Frogs Nursery ~ Standwood, WA
Dancing Oaks Nursery ~ Monmouth, OR
Far Reaches Farm ~ Port Townsend, WA
Hedgerows Nursery ~ McMinnville, OR
Pan’s Garden ~ Olympia, WA
Mt. Forest Farm ~ Snohomish, WA
RHR Horticulture ~ Shoreline, WA
Steamboat Island Nursery ~ Olympia, WA
Swan’s Trail Gardens ~ Snohomish, WA
The Desert Northwest ~ Poulsbo, WA
Artists and Garden Accessories
ALBE Adventuresome Twig Furniture ~ Rustic twig furniture and garden structures
Image Custom Iron Works ~ Trellis, arbors, gates, pyramids of welded iron. Custom orders welcomed.
Glass Gardens Northwest ~ Bird baths, fountains, finials and other glass art for the garden