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Volunteers needed to maintain gardens

To the Editor:
We need two more volunteers to help with watering the baskets in Glencoe. It is getting to be a big job for one or two people to do it.
Last year, we had four people watering. It worked very well. The job consists of about three hours a day for one week a month from the end of May to Labor Day. It also includes occasional watering of the Glencoe gardens. The parks department provides the truck for watering.
The baskets have become the talk of the town. They have added so much beauty to our downtown. We want to be proud of our city. It would be sad not to be able to have the baskets or nice, well-kept, blooming gardens.
Volunteers are needed for this type of work as the parks department has many other things in our city to take care of. We are blessed to have so many parks and gardens in our city to use and enjoy.
Roger and I have also been taking care of the gardens for lots of years to help beautify Glencoe. There are many gardens in Glencoe. There is Oscar Olson Park, Welcome Park, park by The Temple building, garden by the liquor store, south side of the police department, gardens by Oak Leaf Park entrance and the City Center gardens.
As you can imagine, it is a lot of work for two people to do. As we are getting older, it is getting too much for the two of us. We are asking for more volunteers, for volunteers to adopt a garden. It could be someone who lives near one of the gardens. Or it could be a group volunteering to adopt a garden (especially at the City Center and Welcome Park). If you enjoy gardening, it would be a nice way to take pride in the city that you call home and enjoy the outdoors. Each person or persons would be volunteering a small amount of time. It involves spring cleaning, weeding, and disbudding when needed. Maybe every other week just to check them. The watering will be done by the volunteers who water the baskets when needed.
We would be happy to help you get started and, when and if you need extra help, just let us know.
If you would like to volunteer, please call Roger or Gloria Hilgers, 320-864-4174, or Barb at the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce, 320-864-3650.
Let’s take pride and keep Glencoe beautiful.
Gloria Hilgers