Thank you Volunteer Gardeners at Nix Native Plant Garden, the Volunteers of the Month! Even though the Natural Areas Department offices have almost half of the staff working from home, there is much gratitude for the gardeners who come in two mornings a week to maintain the beautiful grounds. The second trio of Gardening volunteers will be celebrated next month. Here's what they said about why they volunteer:
When I moved to Colorado I gave up a large yard with perennials native and not. I enjoy witnessing the change of seasons through growing, blooming, pruning and returning again. Each person I work with has enriched the experience of simply weeding and offered me an opportunity to grow and bloom by learning so much about Colorado and planted the desire to return again. – Cynthia T.
"I volunteer because I like being outdoors AND I really like the group of people that volunteer at Nix. I also can take pride in the difference our efforts make in keeping the native aspects of the garden while keeping the beloved bindweed and other weeds under control. (Or at least we like to think we have the upper hand)."- Debbie O.
"My favorite thing about volunteering is meeting wonderful people, sharing knowledge about native plants and getting recommendations on trails and parks to visit. We also talk about wildlife, restaurants, books, movies, music and more. I’m also a firm believer that getting down on your knees and getting your hands in the dirt is good for the spirit and soul."- John E.
Thank you, Gardeners!