By Lila Johnson, Mill Creek Garden Club Publicity Chair.
The vibrant colors of Autumn danced in the breeze, but thankfully the rain held off for another day when twenty Mill Creek Garden Club women ventured north to Gordon Skagit Farms in Mount Vernon.
Lead by Judy Morrier, who planned our October 23, 2019, excursion, the group split up into carpools and drove up I-5 with non-stop chatter, at least that was the case in our car.
Gardeners seem to embrace with gusto the arrival of each new season. Most of the group is beyond the Jack-o-Lantern phase of life, but there was such enjoyment of the orange, red and yellow leaves and amazement at the various shapes and colors of pumpkins and squashes.
One variety resembled a starfish or blooming flower depending upon your point of view. There were variegated, white and bluish-toned pumpkins—who knew!
The bins of newly harvested Honey Crisp apples, fingerling potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, beets and leeks attracted lots of buyers with talk invariably turning to cooking, recipes and questions of “What do you do with a leek?”
Wandering around, we were drawn to the Farms’ drying and crafting rooms where wonderful wreaths and dried floral arrangements were put together. Several beautiful naturally dried material wreaths were purchased and carefully loaded into cars for the trip home.
With all this walking and enjoying the out-of-doors, it was lunch time and what better place for a group of gardeners to dine than at a restaurant called “Seeds” in LaConner. Perfect!
After a delicious lunch featuring seasonal vegetables and fruits, the drive back to Mill Creek provided breathtaking views of Mount Baker and the Skagit Valley.
It was a successful conclusion to another Garden Club excursion celebrating the season of fallen leaves, a chill in the air, purple pansies and a trip to see that proverbial Jack-o-Lantern.
Some of autumn's vibrant colors on display. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.