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Guess what, Yuma? It's almost fair time!
We do have to start thinking about the Yuma County Fair - dates are April 1 through April 6.
Do you have your copy of the fair book? If not, they are available in the office of the Yuma County Fairgrounds.
If you’ve not been there, it might be a good idea to go there to pick up your book; then you will know where to go to take your entries. Be sure to pick up entry tags, too.
To get to the fairgrounds office, you need to go in the Pacific Avenue entrance. There is just a small sign so watch carefully. It is sort of across from Wal-Mart.
You’ll be turning east and go about a block back where you will make a right turn and a ways down on your left is a gate on your left.
Drive through the gate area and on your right is a small office.
On a regular day, you can usually park right in front of it.
I hope this helps you, I know how intimidated I was the first time I had to go there.
If you need more information, anytime, about the open horticulture, call Marilyn Thornbury at 819-0190 or Val Colvin at 783-3686.
For floral design questions, call Mary Lou Milstead at 783-3145.
Questions about junior horticulture, call Willene Calvert at 782-7324.
I mention this now, as I want you to give yourself some time to think about Division II – Floral Design on Page 37.
Now it is time to put on your thinking cap.
Design consultant Mary Lou Milstead is at 783-3145. You can call her for questions or suggestions – anytime!
The theme for this year is "Our Planet Earth." Doesn’t that just send your brain spinning?
Just listen to these titles: "Arctic Melt Down," "Rain Forest Preserved," "Ocean’s Arising," "Endangered Species, "Petite Designs, "Nature’s Promise," "Genetically Engineered" and "Ecological Enchantment."
Don’t be afraid to try a floral design. These titles will just be fun to play with.
The theme this year has me thinking and I have made a reservation with Mary Lou. Only a few of the designs require reservations and that is because space is limited.
Next week, I will talk about Page 36 in the Yuma County Fair Book: Division I – Horticulture.
No thinking required to enter your horticulture specimens, only a walk through your yard with snippers is needed. More about that next week.
On March 11, the Yuma Clean and Beautiful Commission recognized Dorothy Starek’s home.
Yes, I nominated her for this award at the first Clean and Beautiful meeting I attended.
I always go to her home off of 3rd Street, but this one day I was delivering some gardening information to a lady and had wandered into that area from a different way, not realizing I was on her street.
When I saw this cute, newly landscaped yard I thought, "There is someone who has taken an interest in their yard; it looks so nice on this street of older homes."
Then when I got down to 3rd Street, I realized where I was and that I had been looking at Dorothy’s front yard.
Dorothy is 94 years old and has been a member of the Pecan Grove Garden Club for over 50 years. She stays involved by hosting the monthly meeting of the Yuma Federation of Garden Clubs in her home.
Recently, Sharon Jessup gave me some old articles to look at by Anna Margaret Osborn, "The Suncountry Gardener," published in Que Pasa? In one, dated September of 1978: "I have seen some really spectacular spider plants here in Yuma. Dorothy Starek has wonderful luck with them, but then she can grow anything - and well."
Dorothy now uses a walker and for some time has not been physically able to tend to the gardening as she could at one time.
It had become overgrown and had bothered her to no end. She felt she wanted to have something done to the yard recently and some of her friends helped her plan, and see the plan through with her. (I was not involved.)
The Yuma Clean and Beautiful Commission presents these awards to homeowners. It includes a nice framed certificate and a sign is placed in the yard for a few weeks indicating that this home has been selected to be honored by the Yuma Clean and Beautiful Commission.
We hope that it might serve to encourage others in the neighborhood to improve their property, too.
If your yard or someone you know has a property deserving of this award, please notify the Yuma Public Works Office and leave a message for the Clean and Beautiful Commission.
Now I have another response about recycling:
You were looking for recycling information and I thought I'd pass this on.
After moving to Yuma 12 years ago, I became rather lax with my recycling habits. For my birthday this year, I received a new set of grocery bags. My old set is canvas sturdy, but bulky and unattractive.
This new set is fantastic. They came in a set of five artfully printed, sturdy, large nylon bags, that are in their own pouch and fit in your purse.
What I was surprised to find out is that Fry's and Albertsons both give me a five-cent discount off my grocery total for each bag I use. Not a lot of money, I know, but it does send a good message.
My bags are from envirosax.com. They are a little pricey, but like I said, they made a very thoughtful birthday gift. Just thought I'd pass this along. I'm pleased the grocery stores are encouraging recycling.
Ellen Gardner, a Master Gardener who writes this column for the Federated Garden Clubs of Yuma, can be reached at 343-4020 or at gardner3028@ netzero.com.