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Poulsbo digs in to fall season in style

POULSBO — Downtown businesses ushered in autumn last weekend with a dash of elbow grease and a little help from their friends.

Saturday marked the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association’s annual fall planting. Petunias and begonias planted in the spring were replaced by hardier plants including ivy and fall colored pansies and mums. The HDPA’s blue planting vessels on Front Street also received miniature evergreen trees, in preparation for the coming holiday season.

Business owners said the outlook at the end of the busy tourist season for Little Norway was much better for most this year. Last summer was marked by difficulties from the arduous Front Street widening project. A plethora of sunny days more than made up for it this summer.

“If we hadn’t had such awesome weather it would have been a different story but it was a good summer,” Marina Market owner Jonathan Rowe said.

The planting event, organized by downtown shop keepers, also drew a number of community volunteers. The WSU Master Gardeners were in full force, a few city council members and council hopefuls showed up and the Poulsbo Garden Club had a few members in attendance.

“We try to do this every year as part of our community service,” commented garden club president Carolyn Gillick. “Besides, we appreciate the coffee and getting to meet so many people.”

Checker’s Espresso and Gallery provides free coffee and the downtown bakeries often supply treats for the HDPA planting events.

The planting also drew quite a few individuals just looking to help out.

Katie Savage showed up on the cold Saturday morning because she said she enjoys the look of the downtown area.

“I figured I just enjoy these plants so much that I should help out,” Savage commented. “I drive through here and it’s so beautiful, I just wanted to be part of it.”By CARRINA STANTON

Staff Writer

POULSBO — Downtown businesses ushered in autumn last weekend with a dash of elbow grease and a little help from their friends.

Saturday marked the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association’s annual fall planting. Petunias and begonias planted in the spring were replaced by hardier plants including ivy and fall colored pansies and mums. The HDPA’s blue planting vessels on Front Street also received miniature evergreen trees, in preparation for the coming holiday season.

Business owners said the outlook at the end of the busy tourist season for Little Norway was much better for most this year. Last summer was marked by difficulties from the arduous Front Street widening project. A plethora of sunny days more than made up for it this summer.

“If we hadn’t had such awesome weather it would have been a different story but it was a good summer,” Marina Market owner Jonathan Rowe said.

The planting event, organized by downtown shop keepers, also drew a number of community volunteers. The WSU Master Gardeners were in full force, a few city council members and council hopefuls showed up and the Poulsbo Garden Club had a few members in attendance.

“We try to do this every year as part of our community service,” commented garden club president Carolyn Gillick. “Besides, we appreciate the coffee and getting to meet so many people.”

Checker’s Espresso and Gallery provides free coffee and the downtown bakeries often supply treats for the HDPA planting events.

The planting also drew quite a few individuals just looking to help out.

Katie Savage showed up on the cold Saturday morning because she said she enjoys the look of the downtown area.

“I figured I just enjoy these plants so much that I should help out,” Savage commented. “I drive through here and it’s so beautiful, I just wanted to be part of it.”By CARRINA STANTON

Staff Writer

POULSBO — Downtown businesses ushered in autumn last weekend with a dash of elbow grease and a little help from their friends.

Saturday marked the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association’s annual fall planting. Petunias and begonias planted in the spring were replaced by hardier plants including ivy and fall colored pansies and mums. The HDPA’s blue planting vessels on Front Street also received miniature evergreen trees, in preparation for the coming holiday season.

Business owners said the outlook at the end of the busy tourist season for Little Norway was much better for most this year. Last summer was marked by difficulties from the arduous Front Street widening project. A plethora of sunny days more than made up for it this summer.

“If we hadn’t had such awesome weather it would have been a different story but it was a good summer,” Marina Market owner Jonathan Rowe said.

The planting event, organized by downtown shop keepers, also drew a number of community volunteers. The WSU Master Gardeners were in full force, a few city council members and council hopefuls showed up and the Poulsbo Garden Club had a few members in attendance.

“We try to do this every year as part of our community service,” commented garden club president Carolyn Gillick. “Besides, we appreciate the coffee and getting to meet so many people.”

Checker’s Espresso and Gallery provides free coffee and the downtown bakeries often supply treats for the HDPA planting events.

The planting also drew quite a few individuals just looking to help out.

Katie Savage showed up on the cold Saturday morning because she said she enjoys the look of the downtown area.

“I figured I just enjoy these plants so much that I should help out,” Savage commented. “I drive through here and it’s so beautiful, I just wanted to be part of it.”

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