For our July meeting, the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club of Cedaredge went traveling to Montrose for a tour of the Botanic Gardens. And what a treat it was! Upon entering through the beautiful front gates, we were greeted by a spectacular display of summer flowers on both sides of the entrance pathway. We meandered through at our leisure and on into the xeric garden area, often exclaiming about a plant that we had never seen before or had just seen in catalogues but never growing in a garden setting. And what fun that was. We all came away with ideas for our own gardens and enjoyed this unusual garden-viewing experience immensely. We thank you, Montrose, for giving the public this opportunity to see a beautiful, different garden. And we thank Barb Klein for making a generous donation to the Montrose Botanic Society for all who were in our group. We topped off our garden tour by having lunch at Remington's restaurant, talking about our tour and visiting among ourselves while we enjoyed an excellent luncheon experience. It was a totally enjoyable day for all who attended.
Although we have no scheduled meeting in August, our members are keeping their hand in gardening activities through our maintenance of the flower bed at Pioneer Town and also working in the courtyard at Horizons Care Center; August is our month to maintain this area for the enjoyment of the residents, staff and visitors at this facility. These two projects are the club's contribution to community service and both are worthwhile projects which bring pleasure to many. We are also looking forward to the completion of a sign designating our club as the maintainers of the Pioneer Town bed which is currently being made by the blacksmith shop at Pioneer Town.
A brochure telling about our club and its activities has been completed and distributed to the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce along with other sites around town. It will also be used for informing perspective and new members about our club. This has been a project long thought about. So we are happy that it has now become a reality thanks mainly to the efforts of Beverly Jean Smith who kindly took ideas and made the brochure into a reality. Thank you, B.J., for your contribution to this project, and thank you, Joan Kennen, for spearheading the distribution of this brochure and for being the designated contact.
Our September meeting will be a plant exchange and picnic at Cedaredge Park on Sept. 15 starting at noon. This is always an event packed with fun where members bring plants, produce, fruit, jams, crafts and garden-related items to exchange with other club members, putting $5.00 into our "pot" for future distribution to projects such as contributions to the Cedaredge Food Bank during the holiday season.
All who are interested in gardening, learning about various aspects of gardening, community service and friendship are invited to join our club. For more information about our club you may call 856-3897 or 970 901-9360.