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Explore 'flower pounding' at garden club program

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Friday, July 20, proved to be a perfect day for the Plant & Dig Garden Club's annual wildflower viewing on Grand Mesa. There was a slight overcast which kept the temperature just right for our adventure.

A dozen of us started out, including four guests, finding many wildflowers in bloom in spite of the very dry conditions. Everyone marveled at how well these amazing plants adapt to whatever condition Mother Nature imposes. Jude Kieca, one of the guests, proved to be a wealth of information about many of the flowers that we encountered. Her vast knowledge added greatly to our enjoyment. Thank you, Jude, for sharing that knowledge with all of us. We ended the day at Frost's restaurant, where we had a delicious lunch and more wildflower-viewing around that establishment. This is always one of our favorite outings. As gardeners we enjoy being outdoors. And experiencing the garden that is provided for us in our beautiful mountains is just another way for us to be aware of the beauty around us.

Club members continue to monitor "our" garden beds at Pioneer Town. Comments from visitors and volunteers tell us that our efforts are appreciated. And all members agree that our commitment to help make the grounds at Pioneer Town attractive is what community service is all about.

August is our club's month to keep the courtyard at Horizons Care Center looking well cared-for. Our club is one of the three in the area that take a month during the summer to perform this service. Once again, we enjoy helping to keep this area beautiful for residents, staff and visitors. We also are happy to be a part of the commitment involving the three area clubs in this endeavor.

Club member Patt Jones will spearhead our August program, teaching us all about "Flower Pounding." This is a process which transfers the color and image of garden flowers and foliage to cloth by pounding it with a hammer. It is a great way to create artwork to frame. We are looking forward to trying our hand at this unique way to bring the beauty of our garden flowers into our homes.

If you are interested in learning more about all phases of gardening, in making new friends, in participating in our community service projects, in just having fun, come and join us. Our club meets the third Friday of every month. For more information you may call 856-7077 or 856-3897.

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