The March meeting of the Plant & Dig Garden Club was all about birds. Even the refreshments provided by club member Kim Demet reflected the theme. She created bird nests from chocolate-covered pretzels and filled them with blue-colored bird's eggs made of marzipan along with other delightful displays of bird-related goodies. It created a perfect setting for the rest of our afternoon.
Our scheduled guest speaker for the day, Linda Hansen, was unable to do her presentation, so each member and guest told her own stories of bird encounters through the years. Many of them made us laugh; some made us cry; others filled us with wonder. All were entertaining, depicting our enjoyment of, and involvement with, our feathered friends as they have visited us while we garden and given us enjoyment in so many ways. We will hope to reschedule Linda soon for her "Birds 101" program.
The Surface Creek Path Storywalk Project that our club will create next August was discussed. Although a theme title was not decided, we agreed that the overall feel for our presentation should center around "imagination." With this settled, every member can begin to work on ideas for the individual panels. The work goes forward on this project.
At the April meeting we will set our schedules for maintaining and watering our respective areas at Pioneer Town and Horizons Care Center. These projects have been ongoing community service projects for our club for the past 17 years. It is our pleasure to help these two worthwhile organizations keep their garden areas looking beautiful for guests at both facilities, and especially for residents and staff at Horizons.
Our April meeting takes us on our first field trip of the season. We will tour the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose with a guide to enlighten us about the exhibits. Our planned box lunch in the facility's herb garden must be put on hold for another time since this area is currently under renovation. We will be sitting under other trees at another location (not yet decided upon) for our picnic.
Signs of spring are bursting forth everywhere. Our members are all planning for another successful season in our gardens and enjoying the days when we can be outside, preparing our beds and vegetable garden areas for the upcoming planting season. Happy gardening to all.