Sequim Prairie Garden Club members Arlene Sawyer (left) and Sue Haus plant azaleas on Nov. 16 to start the landscaping process at Pioneer Memorial Park. Sequim Gazette photo by Erin Hawkins

Sequim Prairie Garden Club members Arlene Sawyer (left) and Sue Haus plant azaleas on Nov. 16 to start the landscaping process at Pioneer Memorial Park. Sequim Gazette photo by Erin Hawkins

Landscape started at Pioneer Memorial Park

The City of Sequim and members of the Sequim Prairie Garden Club started the landscaping process at Pioneer Memorial Park on Nov. 16 as part of the waterfall restoration project and the city’s designation as a Tree City USA.

Mayor Dennis Smith planted a tri-colored dogwood tree while club members planted azaleas and rhododendrons. The landscape so far features weeping purple birch tree, purple maple, Siberian cypress and more to come.

“It should be ready to be gorgeous by spring,” Arlene Sawyer, Sequim Prairie Garden Club member said.

“I think it really enhances the area.”

Priscilla Hudson, Sequim Prairie Garden Club historian said the landscaping should be done by spring of 2018 when there will be a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the waterfall restoration project.

The waterfall restoration project is a partnership between the City and the Club that aims to restore the waterfall at the park that became inoperable in 1990 due to leaks and malfunctions.

The city of Sequim earned Tree City USA status one year ago granted by the Arbor Day Foundation. A city earns Tree City USA status by maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

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