With the coming of the "Dog Days of Summer," a trip to Grand Mesa was just what the members of the Plant & Dig Garden Club needed for their August gathering. Mother Nature provided a perfect day for the lunch and walk around one of the numerous lakes, looking at wildflowers, enjoying the sound of the breeze through the pines, and "catching up" on summer activities among the members.
As expected, the peak of the wildflower viewing had past, but still many were found along with mushrooms, bushes filled with the beginnings of fall fruit and grasses of different varieties. Club member Sonia Scott had brought numerous wildflower books which helped identify what they found. After the walk, an excursion through the Grand Mesa Welcome Center provided numerous opportunities to browse through books regarding identification and information on the wildflowers, animals and birds found on the Mesa. Trail maps are also available upon request. It was a good day all around.
Club members have been busy during the month of August keeping the flower beds at Pioneer Town and the courtyard setting at Horizons Care Center looking beautiful for all who enjoy these two facilities. Our commitment to community activities continues to be an important part of our goals as a thriving garden club.
The September plant exchange and picnic at Cedaredge Park is one of our favorite yearly events. We all bring the products from our veggie gardens, plants from our flower beds and fruit from our trees to share with one another. We also bring crafts, jams and jellies, garden tools and other equipment that we no longer need. Each member pays a $5.00 fee (which goes toward funding our scholarship and the various donations that the club makes at Christmas time) and then browse through all the goodies and take home our treasures. It is Christmas time three months early and a totally fun day!
We invite you to join in our endeavors. The garden club meets the third Friday of every month. If interested in learning about all phases of gardening, joining in the club's community projects, supporting our scholarship program and in just having a good time with friends, the Plant & Dig Garden Club would welcome you as a member. For more information call 856-7077 or 856-3897.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.