I love marigolds for so many reasons, chief among them being how they glow in the dusky evening light on my farm. I also love their old-fashioned feel, that they smell like electricity to me, and the importance they carry in religious and cultural ceremonies in places like India and Burma.
I grow somewhere around 15 varieties on my farm, Marigold and Mint, from the delicious (as in on your salad) tangerine gem to the rusty french brocade. The African marigolds are tall and fluffy, like a powder puff, or sometimes shaggy, like a lion’s mane.
Making a garland is a festive way to enjoy the bounty. In August and September each year I sell buckets of loose flowers to brides and Indian temples, as well as make custom strands.
Marigold and Mint is an organic farm, a retail shop, and a studio. The farm is situated along the Snoqualmie River, about 30 miles east of Seattle and the shop is located in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2008 by owner Katherine Anderson, Marigold and Mint reflects her lifetime love of flowers and landscapes. Trained as a landscape architect, she brings her affection for both clean and clear design and intricate patterns to Marigold and Mint.