Thousands of geraniums planted in Coeur d’Alene

Thousands of geraniums planted in Coeur d’Alene

“Tango red” geraniums have become an iconic staple of the Coeur d’Alene resort. Thousands of them are planted year after year.

The geraniums have been painting Coeur d’Alene red since the ’80’s.

Every spring, Steve Malone and his crew plant 22,000 “tango red” geraniums, specifically picked in honor of Duane Hagadone’s mom.

They were Mr. Hagadone’s mother’s favorite flower.

But planting thousands of flowers is no easy feat.

“Once we see flowers in the ground, it’s go time for my crew especially,” said Malone. “We’re ready for the summer, ready for the heat, and ready to make everything beautiful.”

First, they dig holes, and then, a team following behind drops the geraniums in.

A third crew makes sure everything is properly buried.

Two days of hard work but a feast for the eyes that lasts all summer long.