Here’s A Sneak Peek As Sorticulture Returns To Downtown Everett, Washington Next Weekend

Sorticulture, Everett’s Arts and Garden Festival is back in downtown Everett, Washington next Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 9th – 11th.

Again this year you’ll find more than 100 artists, gardeners and vendors. A couple that caught our eye in past years are back again next weekend.

Sean Goddard

Sean Goddard returns to Sorticulture with his amazing insects.

Sean Goddard

Sean’s large dragonfly has a 26″ wingspan.

Sean Goddard

Some of Sean’s work on display at last year’s Sorticulture.

Sean Goddard hails from Canada and what began as a glasswork hobby a number of years ago has turned into a full time career as people around the world discovered Sean’s handcrafted insects.

Sean sculpts insects out of fused and kiln formed glass, sheet copper, tubing , rod and wire. Sean Goddard Insect Sculptures are created on Salt Springs Island in British Columbia.

You can learn more about his work here on his website.

Better yet, visit him in person at Sorticulture.

Everbloomin Glass Flowers

A look at just of the few of the pieces Sandy brought to Everett last year.

Sandy Dahlberg is a gardener. It’s her #1 passion. She’s also a glass artist and fifteen years ago she decided she wanted to have color in her garden during the fall and winter months so she made some glass flowers and put them in pots.

“They made me happy,” she told me. “I love glass and most people take their grandmother’s glass, box it up and put it in a closet but not me, I want to see that glass.”

Sandy tells me she did her first show at a small art festival in Anacortes and sold out. That was her start in selling her art at festivals and markets around the area.

Sandy first attended Everett’s annual garden party before it was known as Sorticulture as an avid gardener twenty something years ago.

Ten years ago she became a vendor selling her Everbloomin Glass Flowers and glass birdbaths with solar powered fountains.

“I would describe my work as both vintage and contemporary, all the metal work is custom and its all drilled and bolted and not glued,” she said. “It has dimension and flowing lines, the fantasy part of nature with colors you can’t find otherwise but that reflect a lot of light.”

Sandy is bringing about 200 pieces to Sorticulture next weekend. Can’t wait? see more of her work on her Everbloomin Glass Flowers Facebook page.

An Etched Glass Hosta. Photo credit: Moonstruck Gardens.

A Polar Star Double Oriental Roselily. Photo credit: Moonstruck Gardens.

One of the gardeners we highlighted last year is back again this year, Here’s our preview of Moonstruck Gardens. Melinda Creed has attended Sorticulture for more than two decades. She tells us she’s been a gardener all of her adult life and first visited just to check out the event. Later she became a vendor selling hostas and lilies from her Whidbey Island Farm, Moonstruck Gardens. She teams with her daughter Samantha and they grow more than 200 types of hostas with the goal to bring that number to 300.

“We now have 13 hoop houses on the farm,” Melinda told us recently by telephone. “Hostas are the most popular perennial plant and there are literally thousands of varieties.”

Melinda says she first saw Roselilies, (also referred to as doubles) a number of years ago and became infatuated with them. They buy bulbs from the Netherlands and pot them in the late winter and early spring.

Moonstruck Gardens is primarily a wholesaler but they do open the farm on Whidbey Island on occasion and attend some events. Melinda says the mother-daughter team look forward to Sorticulture. “I never met a gardener I didn’t like,” said Melinda. “I love providing people hostas and lilies.” You can see a wide range of hostas and lilies on the Moonstruck Gardens website.
Here’s the link to the complete list of more than 100 artists, gardeners and vendors set for June 9th – 11th at Sorticulture.
Sorticulture is more than artists and vendors. You’ll find entertainment and education on the Sunnyside Nursery and Garden main stage at the intersection of Hewitt and Colby. The adult beverage garden is located nearby with easy viewing of the entertainment and programs. Here’s the three-day line up.

Day Time Performer About
Friday 11:30 AM Sunnyside Nursery Class Hosted by Trevor Cameron
1:00 PM Pacifica Chamber Orchestra Everett-based chamber music
2:30 PM Peter Ali Native American flutist and storyteller
4:00 PM Shoecraft Ambient folk rock
5:30 PM Bryan John Appleby Dream folk
Saturday 11:30 AM Zach Warnes Band Everett-based hair folk
1:00 PM Ciscoe Morris Seattle-based gardening expert, TV and radio personality, and author
3:00 PM John Van Deusen (solo) Northwest indie darling
4:30 PM The Jaws of Brooklyn Americana rock
Sunday 11:30 AM Sunnyside Nursery Class Hosted by Trevor Cameron
1:00 PM Jeannie Rak (with band) Dynamic singer-songwriter
3:00 PM Paul Roberts (solo) Local singer-songwriter

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