Rose Garden Club prepares for work day

By Deborah Peterson


The Rose Garden Club has enjoyed many fun and fascinating activities so far this club year.

In October, one of our members taught us about the history and service of HopeWest, which was originally Hospice. She told us many of the offerings HopeWest has available for people of all ages, and of course we all know how important their services are to every one of us.

The club takes time toward the end of each meeting to discuss any issues members are experiencing with their own plants and landscaping. They have learned to recognize and remove many of the toxic plants that grow in their yards and fields around their homes.

The Nov. 20 meeting brought us together to share and discuss our own household plants, including an African Milk Plant, several different African violets, a cyclamen, an aloe and a bromeliad.

In December we enjoyed our delicious Christmas luncheon, which was catered for us. We have many musically talented members, so our seasonal entertainment was truly joyful. We donate packaged and canned goods to the Surface Creek Food Bank in lieu of a gift exchange.

A real highlight at our February meeting was a visit by Joel Magnuson, who is a Master Gardener and works for both CSU Extension Office and Ace Hardware. He taught us invaluable information about drought resistant and deer resistant plants, as well as ornamental and lawn grasses and how to tend to their needs.

Mary John, vice president of the Cedaredge Community Garden, attended our April meeting. She explained what the organization completed in 2015 and its plans for 2016. The gardens are organic, and many benefits are available to those who are interested in a garden plot.

In May, club members plan to work at the Horizons Memorial Garden, preparing the flower pots and gardens for the enjoyment of the residents and guests at Horizons. We will also go to the garden we tend right next to the Doll House at Pioneer Town on Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. If anyone is interested in joining us to prepare these gardens for this summer, please feel free to call Mary at 399-7388 or Elinor 856-3187.

We are looking forward to many more informative and exciting events this year, including touring a local herb garden and either a sunflower garden or a lavender garden. The club meets the third Friday afternoon of every month. Presently, we have 20 members, so we would love to welcome more visitors and new members. If interested in learning more about high country gardening and the many garden treasures we have in our community, please give us a call!

Submitted by
Deborah Peterson