A perfect early spring day was Mother Nature's gift to the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club as they drove to Montrose for a tour of the Ute Museum last month. Carly, the museum's wonderfully informative activities director, guided us through this amazing facility, explaining Ute culture and the many beautiful items in the exhibits. She also explained the changes in the facility itself over the years and the hands-on involvement of the Ute people themselves, through their council members, in the display of items that go into exhibits and the presentation of tribal history from their beginnings to the present day. We came away with awe-inspiring knowledge and a greater respect for these amazing people who have added so much to the culture of this area. Thank you, Carly, for sharing your vast knowledge with us and to the museum for its hospitality.
As part of our tour Carly took us across the road to the site of the Ute Mountain Tribe's herbal garden site, which is presently under renovation. Many non-native plants and shrubs are in the process of being removed and replaced with species used by tribal members throughout history. There will be information about how these plants, shrubs and grasses were -- and are -- used, as well, which will add another layer of knowledge about the lives of these amazing people, past and present. We will watch with interest the makeover of this special and spiritual area, and look forward to visiting it in the future.
After touring the museum and grounds, members gathered on the veranda for our box lunches and meeting --another perk that helped to make this day extra-special.
The work on the Surface Creek Storywalk continues. Members will meet this month to finalize verbiage and art work for each of the 19 panels. With "imagination" as our theme, we hope to inspire everyone, young and old, to the special charm of this wonderful trail by "imagining" along with us. Our exhibit will be in place for the month of August.
Club activity picks up at both Pioneer Town and Horizons Care Center this month. The four pots assigned to our club in the courtyard have been planted at Horizons and there is a work session planned at Pioneer Town to get our two beds ready for the upcoming season.
Club members will once again be traveling for our June meeting, heading to Grand Junction to tour the botanic garden with lunch afterward at a local restaurant. We always come away with ideas to try in our own gardens as well as the enjoyment of seeing this facility.
How good it feels for gardeners (as we all are) to begin once again the process of helping Mother Nature brighten our world! Hooray for warm days, rain from the sky, and the season's awakening. Our precious Earth brings us amazing gifts.