What fun it is to share the bounty of our gardening labors.
That is exactly what the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club did for their September meeting. We gathered at the old pavilion in Cedaredge Park, enjoying a beautiful autumn day while we had our lunch and talked, laughed and exchanged ideas on gardening and other subjects. After a short meeting, we all contributed some money into the "pot" and perused the many items that were on display for us to choose from. And a lovely variety there was!
One of the tables held perennial plants of all types, some house plants, preserves, vegetables grown by members, fresh-cut herbs, crafts and even a bouquet of cut flowers. Everyone went home with numerous delectables. This was a perfect way to celebrate our individual gardening expertise as the season begins to wind down. Sharing our enjoyment in this way makes gardening special for all of us.
Our October activity will be a new experience for us. The club is heading to Montrose, first to visit an organic farm and milking facility to learn about modern-day farming practices, then to Remington's restaurant for lunch, and to top off the day, an autumn tour through the Montrose Botanic Gardens. It will be a full day of fun, learning and friendship -- what our club is all about.
Our responsibilities at both Pioneer Town and Horizons Care Center will also wind down with cleanup sessions at both facilities. Our final cleanup at Horizons will be later in the month since the courtyard there is very protected and we want to leave the flowers blooming in the courtyard pots for as long as possible so that residents can continue to enjoy them during the crisp, beautiful autumn days ahead.
As much as we all enjoy our gardening activities, we also look forward to the quiet respite of the coming season changes to rest up, read the plethora of gardening catalogs that will swamp our mailboxes in the next few months, and -- rather quickly -- start planning for "next season."
Gardening is fun, keeps us in tune with Mother Nature, gives us outlets for our creative abilities, and most of all, gives us the opportunity to share our enthusiasm for what we enjoy with others who feel as we do. We meet every third Friday of every month, share ideas, resources and tips with each other, and have great fun doing all of this as a club.
We encourage you to visit a meeting, join us if you are so inclined, and share in our love of getting dirt under our fingernails.
Learn more about our club and its activities by calling 856-7077 or 856-3897.