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A touch of spring blossoms at Elks Lodge; New Mexico Garden Clubs held annual spring meeting with all four clubs represented

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Women belonging to the decoration committee of the New Mexico Garden Clubs, District V, which met March 22 at the Roswell Elks Lodge. Picture, from left, are Pam Davis, Isabel Olsen, Jan Smith, Kathy Brown and Gloria Mendiola. (Christina Stock Photo)

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This year’s theme of the spring meeting of the New Mexico Garden Clubs, District V, is Plant America — Grow New Mexico.

“There are four clubs in District V, which are Artesia, Lincoln County, Home Garden Club from Roswell and Morning Garden Club from Roswell,” Isabel Olsen said. “Each will give a report on what their clubs have been doing; their activities and projects. Each of the clubs do some type of community project.”

The clubs have been working on beautifying their cities for 50 to 60 years.

“Anybody who has a garden and actually wants to successfully grow a garden should be a member of one of the clubs,” District V director, Mannette Tanner said.

The high altitude of this part of the country and especially Lincoln County, calls for a different approach in gardening.

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“We are trying to educate people what they can and can’t plant,” Olsen said. “From floral decor to garden designs, vegetable growing and what you can grow that’s edible.”

In Roswell, the garden clubs beautify places such as the garden at Spring River Park & Zoo, the landscaping in front of the Joe Skeen building at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, the Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico’s museum and the next door archives including its Christmas decoration inside and outside.

Others, such as the Lincoln County Club, recently put a Blue Star memorial at the Fort Stanton Cemetery. “Now we are in the process of landscaping around it,” Tanner said.

The next upcoming event is Community Planting Day, which is hosted together with MainStreet Roswell on April 21 at 9 a.m. on the Chaves County Courthouse Lawn. Volunteers are needed to fill the planters on Main Street.

There is also a group for children ages 2 to 18. Renate Reisel is in charge of the Pecos Valley Youth Garden Club. The young people recently planted spring flowers at Peachtree Village Retirement Living. “It was great that they let us,” Reisel said. “Becoming a member at our group is free.”

For more information, to apply for beautification projects or to become a member, call Davis at 575-914-3729. To become a member of the Pecos Valley Youth Garden Club, call Reisel at 575-622-7810. For more information, visit newmexicogardenclubs.org.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.