Rocky Mountain Regional “Round-Up” Meeting

Thank you gardeners, who came from far and near to attend the Rocky Mountain Region Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs on September 12th and 13th!

It was great to see you all, and we hope you enjoyed your visit!

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We had a great turn out!

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Our speaker John Wesley Anderson gave an awesome presentation about the “Ute Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region.”

I’m ready to go hike around the Black Forrest and find these amazing trees! Anyone else?

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After lunch we toured the Chihuly show at the Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs. WOW!

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Bzzzzz. The Hornet chandelier!

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These are painting by Dale Chihuly, that he gives his glass makers, with his ideas!
Do you know how he lost his eye?

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Layers of glass, with more glass bowls inside.

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A lot of his work is taken from nature. What do you see?

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This was hard to capture on a camera, but these are the “woven basket” glass bowls.

If you look closely at the shadows they cast, they look like woven bowls. Or, maybe sea shells?

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Can you see the basket weave in the shadow?

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After the Chihuly show, we took a tour downtown to see all the painted butterflies!

Thank you to Manitou Springs Garden Club member, Lorayne McGovern for leading the tour,

and that’s her butterfly above!

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After our visit to the FAC, we all headed over to the Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.

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Lots of flowers still blooming!

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After the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, we all jumped back on the bus for a tour of the Garden of the Gods.

Can you see the two rock climbers at the top, and, the Indian mother with her papoose on the side of the red rock?

When it rains, water collects in her eye and she appears to be crying!

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After a long day, we all piled back onto the bus for the ride back to the hotel.

Riding a school bus brought back lots memories!

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