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March 28, 2015 / mountainparks

New Season at the Garden, March 28, 2015

This morning, a small but intrepid group braved sun and blue skies to tackle our perennial project at the Red Rocks Native Garden, and see what Mother Nature had in store for us this year. Little green was showing, except for those ubiquitous weeds we thought we had pulled last year!

L to R: Jack, Cy, Jim, and Joan, along with the results of a morning's weeding.

L to R: Jack, Cy, Jim, and Joan, along with the results of a morning’s weeding.

Once we really got into it, though, we found signs of spring even in the plants we weren’t ripping out of the ground. Our Golden Currant is starting to bloom, and many others, from Beebalm to Roses and Golden Banner, are peeking out from under a layer of litter and mulch. Orchardgrass continues to be our nemesis, as does the delightful little filaree, already blooming.

By the end of the morning, we’d accumulated at least three bags of weeds, reflagged many of the tiny native plants just poking up, and given ourselves a start on another season at Red Rocks. This year at last, we expect the interpretive garden signs to be installed, and that will bring a bit of focus to our efforts.

Thanks to all those, present and absent, who keep the dream of the native garden alive and especially to those who keep showing up to help make it happen!

(p.s. Happy birthdays to Jim and Susan!!)

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  1. Juno / Mar 30 2015 10:27 am

    How do I get involved in volunteering in this garden?

    • mountainparks / Apr 4 2015 11:28 am

      Thanks for your interest, Juno! The best way for you (and anyone else) to get involved is to come to a Friends of Red Rocks workday. These are held on the last Saturday of each month (only March through October for garden work), and participants meet at the Lower South parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Ask for Cy Davis or Chris Lafferty and they can put you on the garden team. We usually finish by noon. There may be opportunities in between; I’ll put you on our emailing list for that. Thanks again!

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