Tacoma’s Aura of Quirk is so strong, it seeps over the edges of this unlimited city’s limits.
That accounts for Carol Evavold’s really, really raised bed planter at King’s Manor Senior Living Community at 8609 Portland Ave. E., on the occasionally-disputed Tacoma-Midland border.
King’s Manor has a conventional raised bed vegetable garden soaking up sunshine and plumping up squash on the south side of the building. But Max Evavold wanted to improve the view for his mother and father, Carol and Don Evavold, who moved in two years ago.
They started out as wheat farmers in Odessa, then moved to Spokane, where Don was assistant to the dean of Gonzaga University School of Law. Carol was a reporter and a teacher - and a gardener. Together they raised five fine sons and one delightful daughter.
“They are wonderful to me,” Carol said.
“It was Max’s idea to make the planter,” Carol said. “Just because we live here, and he wanted it outside our window.”
Without the planter, the view is plain – a patch of lawn and a stretch of bare, undeveloped property.
With the planter, it includes a tipi-type framework supporting a painted box of geraniums and other annuals.
Max, who is a carpenter and school bus driver, devised the design to be strong and stable, lovely and quirky.
At the top, a bungee cord straps in a purple gazing globe.
The bungee’s required because some jerk made off with the first purple gazing globe. It’s always refreshing when twerps steal stuff from nice people in their 90s, don’t you think? Miffed, but undeterred, Max Evavold replaced the globe and rigged an anti-theft device around it.
His wife, Arlene, plants the box each spring and waters it through the summer.
The slugs don’t even know the flowers are up there.
To play Tacoma Quirk and win four tickets to a Rainier’s game, plus a pack of sidewalk chalk and a map to the Chalk-Offs at Frost Park, be the first to e-mail the correct answer to this question to firstname.lastname@example.org:
How many bolts did Max Evavold use to build the frame?