President’s Message

Hoe & Hope Garden Club Co-President’s message, May 2019

Get ready for our 2019 Plant Exchange at Gayle Zweck’s farm, Wednesday morning, May 22 at 9:30 am.  Here are the guidelines:

The first way to participate in Fabulous 5 Plant Exchange is to bring up to 5 of your best plant transplants/starts to exchange for other plants.  If you bring 2 plants, you can pick out 2 new plants.  If you bring 5 plants, you can walk away with 5 new plants and so on – you are on the honor system! Participants will bring up to 5 plants in any size containers.  If you are bringing seeds or bulbs or any other smaller items, bundle them.  For example, if you have 20 irises, you could bundle 5 bulbs per bag, and that would count as 4 “plants”. Think up to 5!  Five is all you need to dig up… 5 fabulous transplants to go to a great new home.  Please label your plants, so the adoptive family can take proper care.

Our Civic Leaders will bring a list of the participants in civic projects from last year and this year so far.  Those folks will have first pick of the bounty of the plant tables.  Then Robin Eckland and her crew of helpers will guide the rest of us who have brought plants and garden items to an orderly and equitable taking of turns to make their choices.

What about those of us without donations to exchange?  Most years there are things left over after those who brought plants and those who donated time to civic projects have chosen theirs.

There will also be a superfluous plant area for those with more than 5 Fabulous Plants to deposit their surplus, or for those plants or other offerings that might not qualify as Fabulous.  This will be a give and take area – bring as many plants as you would like to share and take as many plants as you like from this area at the end of the morning.  But remember, save your best up to 5 plants for the backyard plant exchange. Please label these surplus plants as well.

The plant exchange is always an adventure.  You never know what you’ll bring home with you.  We thank you in advance for your generous donations to this fun and fruitful event.

Don’t forget to bring your own chair, nametag, and table service for a sumptuous brunch.

I love the Hoe & Hope field trips!  A group of 10 of us attended our May field trip last Saturday to the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora for a wagon ride around part of their 1000+ acres of prairie land.  I saw my first herd of antelope, as well as a coyote, bald eagles, and lots of prairie dogs.  They have replicas of sod houses typical of pioneer days in the 1800’s, as well as a yurt filled with Cheyenne artifacts and displays.  It was a fascinating day, thoroughly enjoyable and edifying.  Many thanks to our Field Trip chair, Jennifer Lynn, and her colleagues for organizing this trip!

A special shout-out to all our Civic Leaders who organize work crews to maintain flower beds at Callahan House, the Roosevelt Park Rose Garden, Sandstone Ranch, The Our Center, YMCA and Rocky Mountain National Park.  If you haven’t yet volunteered for one of these projects, be sure to watch for emails from our Civic Leaders about upcoming opportunities to contribute to this important community outreach mission.  This is one of the most important things Hoe & Hope Garden Club does for our community.  We aspire to achieve 100% membership participation this year.

I hope your gardens are as amazing as mine this spring.  In spite of our late-season snow storm, the tulips are still blooming and everything is bright and growing.  The bees are busy feasting on the flowering trees, and the birds are singing love songs.  Be sure to take time to enjoy the mysteries of reawakening, and stay amazed.