Geraniums say ‘spring’ at Lamb Weston
A group of Washington State University Master Gardeners showed up at Lamb Weston offices in Quincy last week to plant geraniums near the front of the building to help continue a tradition of at least two decades.
Master Gardener Marta Tredwick said Lamb Weston approached the Master Gardeners to plant the geraniums this year, as the company did not have enough of them.
“We said, ‘We can do that,’ ” Tredwick said.
The flowers last well until December, thanks to the building’s awning and the artificial lighting, said Connie Kuest, a longtime Lamb Weston employee who calculated she had been planting the geraniums for at least 20 years.
“The lights are on all night long, so they keep the geraniums warm,” said Kuest.
Kuest said it’s been a team effort, with the Master Gardeners like Tredwick, Glenn Martin (a former LW employee) and MaryLou Krautscheid planting the geraniums in soil that Kuest had helped prepare.
Tredwick said this teamwork may be a new tradition in the making.
“We will come back in September and take little cuttings off ’em,” Tredwick said. “And we will start them in the (Master Gardeners) greenhouse until next year.”
Since the plants are near entrances to office space, geraniums are the flower of choice, Kuest said.
“Since they are near the doors, I can’t have bees, and geraniums surprisingly don’t attract a lot of bees,” she said. One year, she tried growing cannas, but they grew too tall.
Geraniums don’t attract “bad insects” either, Tredwick said.
“They are easy to take care of and disease-resistant,” Tredwick added.
Master Gardeners have other activities planned for this spring. Their plant sale is scheduled for May 4 at
McCosh Park in Moses Lake.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org