Flowers to be available when ‘Genny’ garden taken down Oct. 11 at Thorndale Park

       The “Genny” garden at Thorndale Park will be taken down Monday, Oct. 11, but only for the season.
       “We've already signed up for next year,” said Karen Sucharski, who led its planting effort this summer in the city's volunteer Springs in Bloom program.
       In all, she and others in the “Family and Friends of Genny” planted, watered and weeded some 800 flowers in the 396-square- foot plot at the southeast corner of the park at 23rd and Uintah streets last May. The resulting, colorful array went on to become a finalist for one of the the city's “Golden Trowel” awards that were awarded to those judged best among the 104 volunteer- maintained public gardens.
       Sucharski plans to donate a number of her flowers as living plants to nursing homes, but she also expects to have plenty left over, which she'll give to people who drop by the park Oct. 11.
       “Bring a container, they're all beautiful and healthy,” she said. “I can't bear to throw them away.” All she asks is that people not remove any flowers from the garden before the take-down day.
       Flower types include salvias, petunias, marigolds and snapdragons. Sucharski noted that she and her colleagues did not actually plant the snapdragons; they seemed to come up on their own - possibly from the previous year, when the city was still planting and maintaining public garden plots such as Thorndale's.
       Sucharski is already thinking about a different design for next year's planting. This year's was planted in the design of a sun next to a moon. Part of the reason for changing is just to be creative; another reason is to artfully avoid the impact of city sprinklers that hit certain parts of the garden with undesirable force, according to Sucharski.
       The garden is named after Genny Sucharski, Karen's daughter, who died in a car accident four years ago at age 18.
       Meanwhile, at the other Westside public flower bed, Blunt Park at Vermijo Avenue and 24th Street, Girl Scout Troop 95 from Security was planning to remove its flowers Thursday, Oct. 7.
       A smaller bed, Blunt's had room for 160 flowers. Troop 95 leader Shelley Haenze said her girls worked hard, but the garden didn't do as well as she would have liked. “I wish the flowers could have taken off a little bit more.” She said. “We had a problem getting water to it. The sprinklers didn't reach that far.”
       As far as next year, “I'm not sure what the girls will want to do,” Haenze said. “I'd certainly love to come over there again. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the neighbors around the park. They were an amazing group of folks. We always felt welcome.”

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