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Garden Club: ‘Civic beauty a public duty’

Founded under the motto “Civic beauty a public duty,” the Glenwood Springs Garden Club was formed in March 1931.

The objective of this newly formed organization was “to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds; and to encourage civic planting.” The club’s members hoped that through their example more Glenwood Springs citizens would be encouraged to beautify their own homes and backyards by planting trees, shrubs and flowers.

The residents of Glenwood Springs responded to the Garden Club’s call. Blooming gardens and lush green trees were planted all over town. But the club’s mission was far from complete.

Throughout its history, the club and its members have been involved in many civic projects. The club has continuously sponsored programs on such topics as forest conservation, food preservation, pest control and ecology. During World War II, they cultivated Victory Gardens. In the 1960s, the club purchased and planted trees and flowering shrubs for planting in Sayre Park. And each year, the club presents in its Flower Show, a colorful and living demonstration of the joy and power of nature.

This year, the Glenwood Springs Garden Club celebrates its 70th consecutive year of service to our community.

Theirs truly is a service that is making Glenwood Springs a more beautiful place to live.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. The museum’s winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Thursday and Friday. For more information, call 945-4448.

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