A blooming shame: Drought dooms annual Flower Show
A combination of high temperatures, water restrictions and drought are making it tough for gardeners to produce their best bougainvillea, most superb cyclamen and ravishing roses.As a result, members of the Glenwood Garden Club canceled the annual Flower Show, which was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Glenwood Springs Mall. This would have been the club’s 69th show.”The best thing to do was to cancel it for this year and be really optimistic for next year,” said club vice president Sharill Hawkins. The decision was made, in part, to be fair to those with little or no water, and to show support for water conservation, she said.The show has been canceled before, during World War II, and more recently due to lack of participation. But in recent years club membership has grown, as has interest and participation in the show, according to long-time member Dorothy Buchholz.The decision to cancel this year’s show was made at the club’s annual picnic, held early in July. Until that point, plans were well under way, said Hawkins. This year’s theme was going to be “America the Beautiful.” Keeping in step with the club motto, “Civic beauty a public duty,” club members also elected to use the funds for the show to plant a tree at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.”We’re very excited about the donation and the cooperative efforts to beautify the Community Center,” said Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation director Dan Rodgerson. The city is creating an outdoor playground and child care area between the main building and the ice rink. The tree, along with others donated by various groups, will be planted in that area to provide shade for visitors to the playground.Rodgerson said garden club members will work with the city forester to determine the best type of tree. The planting and dedication ceremony are expected to take place this fall.The Glenwood Garden Club has been helping to beautify the city since it first began in 1931. Its best-known landmark is a tall Colorado blue spruce, planted in the spring of 1933 to honor founding member Louisa Schwarz. Now the official community Christmas tree, the spruce, located in front of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association at 11th Street and Grand Avenue, glows brightly with hundreds of lights during the holiday season.For gardeners interested in joining, the Garden Club meets in the afternoon on the first Wednesday of the month from March through December.”Anyone is welcome to come to our meetings and see if they have an interest in joining,” said Buchholz. In addition to desserts and refreshments, meetings also include guest speakers talking on a range of subjects, from bird lore to feeding hummingbirds, herbology, philosophy, and other garden-related topics.”The meetings are quite interesting,” added Buchholz.The next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Four Mile Bed & Breakfast. The topic will be flower arranging.For more information, call Dorothy Buchholz at 945-8777.
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