Community Gathers To Celebrate Mrs. Walsh’s Garden

Mayor of Estes Park Todd Jirsa thanks the members of Mrs. Walsh’s family and promises that the Town will take good care of it.

Garden party takes place June 20

From May 13 to 19, the Mrs. Walsh's Garden Committee is encouraging residents to visit their local public gardens as a way of highlighting their importance as civic resources. In Estes Park, where spring is slow to arrive, there is not much sprouting yet at Mrs. Walsh's Garden at 322 W. Elkhorn Avenue. But the community can look forward to this public collection of native plants to provide beauty and inspiration as it flourishes in the coming months.

The committee will host an Open Garden Party at Mrs. Walsh's Garden June 20, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to dusk. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments and light appetizers. Members of the committee will be stationed around the garden to answer questions about what is growing, blooming, where and most importantly why. Booths will be set up on the patio with more information on native plants, noxious weeds and other valuable gardening information. The Town's Parks Supervisor Brian Berg stated, "This will be the second annual Garden Party since it was gifted to the Town. It is a great opportunity to ask committee members about native plants and how to enhance your own personal gardens."

Mrs. Walsh's Garden was a gift to Estes Park residents and visitors. To prevent a 0.69-acre lot from being developed for commercial use, Judy Lamy purchased it in 1996 and began the public garden named for her grandmother, Mrs. Winifred Walsh. The land was donated to the town in 2017 and is now maintained by the Town's Parks Division with funds provided through an endowment established by Lamy. The garden is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

Although Mrs. Walsh's Garden was severely disturbed by the 2013 flood, significant restoration and enhancement has occurred. The garden has become an easily accessible resource to learn about plants native to this area of the Rocky Mountains. It also provides ideas for species that can be obtained commercially and shows how they can be used in landscaping for our town and personal gardens.

National Public Gardens Week was established by the American Public Gardens Association with the goal to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conversation. For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Parks Division at 970-577-3783.

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