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Riverton Garden Club continues to beautify city, this weekend to work at airport and hospice facility

Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 9:18 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The Riverton Garden Club has brought color to the city of Riverton for 62 years through many projects and grants. But planting trees and flowers are only a part of what they do. Much of their work has to do with awareness for important causes.

The Riverton Garden Club has beautified many parts of our city like the bike path behind the Depot restaurant. The apple trees are abundant and free for the community to pick and enjoy. Soon, the pear tree will be mature enough for ample fruit as well. This weekend, they’re continuing to beautify our city by heading out to the airport to check on the trees and shrubs there, as well as heading over to a ‘Help for Health’ hospice to help prune their flower beds.

“And it’s not just for the people in hospice, but those workers. They can go outside, there’s lawn furniture out there that they’ve provided, and have a moment of break, or let the little kids run around if you’ve taken your young kids to see a member of your family. It’s just something a little bit soothing to make you feel at peace,” noted Shirley Pursel, president of the Wyoming Federation of Garden Clubs.

The Riverton Garden Club was founded in 1958, and since then has brought awareness to certain topics through their planting. Among their ongoing projects are the “Plant It Pink Project” for breast cancer awareness and the “Petals Project” at the airport.

“We gather up here in the spring and in the fall to beautify and clip the front flower beds so that they’re beautiful when tourists come into our airport, either coming or going. It makes you feel like you’re doing something. I have heard people say how nice they are when they come in. It’s just refreshing, you’re up here on top of our town, and if the wind’s blowing, it’s nice to see some pretty color,” mentioned Pursel.

In addition to the upkeep of many projects around Riverton, the club will be reinstalling the Blue Star Memorial Marker next spring as a tribute to all the armed forces.

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