Weiser’s Garden Club Zinnia Clean Up

Weiser’s Garden Club met on Friday, November 12, to clean up the zinnia flower bed in front of the historic train depot.

Before pulling out the spent plants, club members harvested the seed heads in preparation of reseeding the bed next spring. The depot’s circular drive will once again be graced by the ever-cheerful zinnia flowers.

The Garden Club was resurrected in Weiser about three years ago by Weiser resident and garden enthusiast, Art Church, who wanted to create a support system and educational conduit for local gardeners. Art and his wife, Setsuko, have since moved to Northern Idaho, but the garden club lives on. Members have been holding informal meetings once a month where they talk about their gardens, answer each other’s questions, share resources, and plan community education and beautification projects. In the spirit of community service, the club has taken on the maintenance of the depot landscaping, volunteering time to plant, water, weed, mulch, and monitor the various flower beds. Future meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM, at the Extension Office.

For now, like their plants, the club members are going into their “dormant stage” and will not meet again until February 22, when they prepare for their spring “plant swap” event. Interested parties are enthusiastically welcomed – no experience or gardening expertise is necessary. To be put on the email list and learn of meetings and club events, please send your contact information to Cheri Clausen at sclausen@ruralnetwork.net.  

Members present for the zinnia cleanup session were: Cheri Clausen, Diane Christensen, Rhonda Hirata, Lucy Tracy, Joe Scheidegger, Thea Bendix, Margie Chipman, Chris Courter, and Dennis Lance.

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