Gardener's Grapevine 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

What a wonderful place Morenci is to live. All the churches have fund-raisers and ours is a Christmas bazaar. Saturday was our bazaar and a lot of Morenci residents turned out for it. There was all manner of talk about Christmas, from decorating to food to the parade later that evening downtown. It is very heartwarming to see neighbors enjoying time together and looking forward to more socializing at the parade.

In a small town it is like being part of an enormous family of friends. Sure, not everyone gets along and there are tiffs among long-term acquaintances, but that is common in any kind of family. In a large city this would be impossible, but Morenci welcomes one and all, and is willing to extend a hand to a new community member.

As our year comes to an end, so do our Garden Club meetings. Tuesday will be our final meeting for the year. After that we go dark (no meetings) for a couple months and start up again in March. Our December meeting is actually more party than meeting. We each bring snack foods and one or two wrapped gifts. The gifts are auctioned and the money is donated to the Wishing Tree project to help wherever they fall short.

The Garden Club is a wonderful organization that benefits the city in ways many people never realize. It is also open to anyone desiring to join. We do many fun and educational things, as well as civic work. When you consider your commitments for 2012 consider coming to one of our meetings even if it’s only to see what we are about.

Gardening creates a sense of community. You grow something that succeeds—sometimes more than you want—yet it is so amazingly beautiful that you have to share it with someone. A “gardening friendship” begins and the other person usually shares their successes in return.

Two gardeners in a group are usually able to draw out others with the same interests, and so the community forms and grows. It almost becomes an obsession to find a new plant or new way of growing different things so you can have success and also share with your friends.

Winter is a time of dormancy, but it is also a time for planning, reading and researching. I read a lot of gardening books, as well as catalogs and websites. Months ago I wrote about using a notebook to keep track of ideas for your garden and the changes that need to be made. Now is when that notebook becomes a valuable friend. It reminds you of what is where and what needs split or pulled completely. If your notes are detailed, it also tells what color is where so you can look at catalogs and websites with an idea of where new things will fit in your garden.

The crazy pull of a passionate gardener is the quest for perceived perfect gardens. The reason I say “perceived perfect” is that everyone has their idea of perfect. There are many styles of gardening and what is perfect to one person may be a perfect mess to another. Still we all push on to our goal and passion.

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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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