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Garden greats

Wind Crest taps into resident experts for green guidance

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April 26th, 2010

Gardeners of Wind Crest, unite! In an effort to share the hobby they love and further beautify the Wind Crest campus, residents with green thumbs have formed a campus Garden Club. The group, which consists of more than 20 residents, will act as consultant to Wind Crest s General Services to help steer the local landscaping. Our campus is gorgeous, but we have so many talented and knowledgeable gardeners who live here that we thought we would tap into that expertise and get their opinions on how the community can be further beautified by plantings, Wind Crest official Matt Neville explains. Neville envisions the club eventually having gardens and beds of its own to plan and tend. The club s acting chairperson Andy Sokal says, It s in the very early stages, but we hope to give the General Services department the benefit of some of the great gardeners and represent the opinion of the residents. The Brooklyn Bridge wasn t built overnight, but that s kind of the scope, so we re proceeding very methodically.

A natural association

Donna Brusak hopes to bring her enthusiasm for all things green to the club. I decided to help out because gardening has been a passion for me for some time, Brusak explains. I didn t grow up with it, but I loved it enough to take a few classes and try to learn more. A friend brought me a trunkload of plant starts a few years ago, and that got me hooked. In just a couple years, I had gotten into perennial and wildflower gardens and flowering trees. I d love to see something like that on campus. You can lose yourself in it, Brusak continues. When you re in the garden, you re constantly solving problems and one task always leads you to something else and then something else. Before you know it, you ve been out there for hours. I personally love it when someone gives me a plant start and I have to find a place to put it. I love the challenge. And I also like it because from then on, whenever I see that plant, I associate it with one of my wonderful friends.

The nurturing type

Club member Nancy Fox brings a pragmatic view to the group. She has gardened in the tricky Denver climate for 28 years and looks forward to helping in any way possible. I m an avid gardener, Fox says. And gardening here in Denver is not like anywhere else. You can t plant anything tender like flowering annuals until after Memorial Day. Flowers just won t grow with all those late-night freezes. We go from having snow on the ground to two weeks of spring and then straight into summer, she says with a wry laugh. Fox says perennials may suit the campus best. You can find some very pretty and hearty perennials in just about every color palette. I look forward to going to a nursery and seeing what they suggest as far as the colors are concerned. I m excited to help out, Fox continues. I ve always loved gardening. I love planning my garden each year; I love deciding what goes where, taking notes on what worked and when to spray or prune, and which plants to divide. But my favorite part is watching and nurturing the plants. I love seeing them go from little bitty start-ups to full-grown plants. That really keeps me interested. These next few months will be fun. I hope I can be of some assistance to the community. Neville says that he hopes to tour the grounds with the resident experts and pick their brains for ideas before the last frost, which usually occurs in mid to late May.