Letter: Glenwood Garden Club programs grow on you
The members of the Glenwood Springs Garden Club — the oldest Garden Club in Colorado — were privileged to hear Chad Rudow, water quality coordinator from Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC), speak about protecting area rivers and preserving the amount and quality of our water originating in the Roaring Fork Valley Watershed. His presentation — illustrating the RFC’s mission “to inspire people to explore, value and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed” — illuminated issues such as use and misuse, the importance of healthy riparian areas, water needs of various constituencies, water standards and flows, conservation, drought and water quality.
For those overwhelmed by the water puzzle, all of the above pieces, intricately interrelated and scientifically observable, are, fortunately, addressed by the RFC in its work.
The Conservancy presents many programs such as ours for adults and school groups all year long. We appreciated and highly recommend Rudow’s presentation. The opportunity to learn more about RFC’s stewardship was a welcome, refreshing, cool drink of water. For more information on the Roaring Fork Conservancy: http://www.roaringforkconservancy.org.
The Glenwood Springs Garden Club sponsors varied free programs on gardening and related subjects for its members and the public. The RFC overview of local water issues complements other timely and challenging 2013 meeting topics, such as weed management with Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony; concerns about the decline of honey bees with Kay Ware; identifying wildflowers with the Eagle County Native Plant Masters: and keeping a nature journal with Hotchkiss writer-artist Maria Hodkins.
The Glenwood Springs Garden Club, always on the lookout for new gardening information, meets the second Wednesday of the month and welcomes guests and new members. Yes, we are on Facebook.
For more information, please call Ann English, president, 945-5353.
Janet E. Fedrizzi and Ann English
Glenwood Springs Garden Club
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