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Jim Leser talks butterflies

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It was reported last month that the June program for the Plant & Dig Garden Club was to be about herbs; that was incorrect. Instead the club welcomed a very special guest for a wonderfully informative and stunning presentation.

Jim Leser, well-known entomologist, Master Gardener and Cedaredge Tree Board president, regaled our members with a slide show and talk on butterflies native to our area. Many of the pictures in the presentation were taken along the Surface Creek walking path and in his own yard. We were amazed at the variety, size and rainbow of colors of these beautiful winged creatures that live in our back yards and gardens, some of them less than an inch in size.

Leser has been interested in butterflies since he was a youth, and his enthusiasm for them was apparent as he made his presentation. He expanded our knowledge about butterflies and inspired all of us to learn more about these amazing creatures that flit through our gardens. Thank you, Jim.

The new xeriscape bed at Pioneer Town is taking shape. Greg Hart and his prison crew worked on a very hot afternoon to finish the cleanup and spread the trail mix in the area. The club offers thanks to them for their help and once again to Benson Brothers for donating the trail mix for the new bed. Members of our club had also worked hard digging plants for this area and preparing the bed for planting, and then decided it was just too hot at that time to ask any living plant to survive not only transplanting but the heat that was relentless at that time. So all the plants are in tubs, containers and pots until the weather cools just a bit before going to their new home.

Our work continues to maintain the flower bed outside the west entrance at Pioneer Town. It is looking spiffy, as a visitor stated to one of our members who was working there, telling her, "I never really notice flowers, but these are so fragrant, so pretty, that they made me look." That one comment is worth a whole season of effort.

Now, it is time (this time correctly reported) to talk about herbs for our next program at our upcoming meeting this month. And since we are not just gardeners, but cooks (some of the best in the area from the goodies at our meetings), we should all go away with ideas on how to use herbs for our culinary masterpieces as well as innovative ways to grow them, and even how to create beautiful herb baskets and indoor gardens for winter usage. The ideas will flow.

We hope you will join us in our monthly adventure into the world of gardening. Our programs are geared to every phase of gardening. And we have a good time, as well. We invite you to contact us for more information about our club by calling 856-3897 or 856-7077.

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