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Garden club learns about flower pounding

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For its August meeting the Plant & Dig Garden Club was privileged to once again draw from a talented member of our club for an outstanding program.

Patt Jones hosted and directed us in "Flower- Pounding 101." She cut boards of plywood to just the right size, treated and cut squares of muslin fabric for us, as well. Member brought flowers and greenery from their own garden for all to choose from. Patt explained the process by which color could be transferred from our choices of flowers and foliage and we all pounded away with hammers that we had brought for the occasion. Patt had set up tables in her lovely great room for this purpose, and some gathered on the deck, as well, enjoying its beautiful view as we worked.

It was pretty astounding to see the results of this unique way to use the fruits of our gardens to create beautiful art suitable for framing. We also decided that it was a great way to expend excess energy and, if need be, to rid oneself of pent-up emotions, hostilities or anger in a productive way.

Thank you, Patt, for sharing your knowledge and expertise, for your preparation of the needed supplies, and for opening your home to us for this noisy, fun, productive program.

The Story Walk program that club members have been working on for the past three months is in place for all to enjoy along the upper portion of the Surface Creek Trail in Cedaredge. "Tracking Treasures of the Trail" is its theme. Each panel encourages walkers of all ages to stop, look up, look around, look down -- observe and enjoy all the wonders that can be enjoyed as we walk this lovely path along Surface Creek. A big thanks goes to club member Lisa Joss for her many hours of work putting the panels together, to the Delta County Library Association for its sponsorship of the Story Walk, and to Sarah Smith of the Cedaredge library for her help in the production of the final story boards.

Our maintenance efforts continue at both Pioneer Town and Horizons Care Center. Members monitored both sites during August, weeding, watering, deadheading and performing general maintenance at these two facilities. The flower bed at Pioneer Town continues to draw many favorable comments from visitors. And at Horizons, the large containers in the courtyard, the side planters along the buildings, and the roses and shrubs in the center of the area, all look beautiful. We are privileged to have these two facilities within our community and enjoy our role in helping to keep them ship-shape for all who view them.

Our upcoming September meeting is one of our favorites. Members will gather at the old pavilion in Cedaredge Town Park, have a picnic lunch, then partake in our annual plant sale. Everyone brings excess potted plants from their gardens, homemade jams and jellies, fruit and vegetables -- whatever they have to share -- and for $5.00 we can each take home with us what we wish from the goodies that have been brought. The proceeds from this help to fund our philanthropic contributions during the holidays and our scholarship fund. And we have great fun, besides!

This club gives to its members a unique blend of learning, camaraderie, community service, enjoyment of all things pertaining to our gardens, and advice and support for anyone who has encountered a gardening problem. Our programs are garden-oriented and informative. We also enjoy making new friends.

We invite you to join us. You may find out more about our club by calling 856-7077 or 856-3897.

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