Unfortunately for the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club, Mother Nature was not as kind for our planned outing in May as she had been in April. The planned outing day turned out to be dreary and especially cold for the season. So it was decided to postpone the trip to a later date. And that worked, although nearly two weeks later. It made no difference to the group that gather at the Food Town parking lot and car-pooled to Grand Junction for a visit to the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Not only did everyone enjoy the flowers, plants and shrubs in the gardens, but also found the rain forest and its koi pond, and the butterfly house in its colorful tropical setting with its many varieties of beautiful small creatures filling the air, delightful. The members gathered afterward at picnic tables on the grounds for a pleasant box lunch. It was a special day at a special place with special friends.
May has seen a marked increase in club activities at both Pioneer Town and Horizons Care Center.
On May 9, members met at Mile High Greenhouse and purchased flowers for four of the courtyard pots at Horizons Care Center. As always, Phillip Espinoza, the greenhouse owner, was most generous in discounting the flowers we needed to make the pots beautiful for residents, staff and visitors. Thank you, Phillip, for your most appreciated help with this worthwhile community project. On May 16, a large group of members gathered at Pioneer Town to clean up, pull "unwanteds" out of the garden, and plant seeds. It already looks beautiful and will continue to produce a picturesque setting for visitors outside the west entrance to the visitors center throughout the summer season.
The club's June meeting will be a presentation by Joan Chambers entitled "Roses, their care and versatility in our gardens." Members will be able to see how she has used roses throughout her garden, what has worked, what has not.
After the rather wet, cold May (everyone is thankful for all the rain here and the snow in the high country), June is proving delightful for all gardeners and those who love to be outside. We live in a unique area, full of beauty, with wondrous sights in all directions. Life is good.