Security Girl Scout troop adopts Blunt garden
Flowers to be planted May 26; strong cookie sales help fund planting costs

       A Girl Scout troop in Security has adopted the Blunt Park flower bed as part of the Springs in Bloom program.
       “A lot of the girls have been to Blunt Park and Territory Days, and they thought it was a great park,” said Troop 95 leader Shelley Haenze. “They want to make it nice for summer so others can enjoy it as well.”
       The troop consists of 12 girls between grades 3 and 6 at North Elementary School in Security. They plan to start planting in the 70-square-foot bed as part of a group and family outing May 26. “It'll be a potluck at the park,” Haenze said. “We'll plant the flowers and make it a real family event.”
       Springs in Bloom is a volunteer program started by Colorado Springs Councilman Jerry Heimlicher, whose district includes the Westside. The goal is for citizen groups to plant flowers in their “adopted” public flower beds in parks and on street medians citywide. City employees used to plant the flowers, but a city budget cutback this year eliminated the service.
       Blunt is one of two Westside parks with flower beds. The other, at Thorndale Park, has been adopted by the Friends and Family of Genny - memorializing promising artist Genny Sucharski, who died four years ago at age 18.
       Adopters are responsible for tilling the soil, buying the flowers and weeding the plot. The city is providing the water through a homebuilding company's donation.
       About 160 flowers can be planted in the Blunt bed, according to city information. The troop will buy the plants with earnings from the sales of Girl Scout cookies. “The girls did a tremendous job of cookie selling,” Haenze said.
       Haenze's troop will be meeting to decide on flower varieties (from a list provided by the city) and a planting design. “We've got some very creative girls,” she said.
       Each of the scouts will earn two badges for participating in the effort: the Sign of the Sun (making the world a better place) and the Sign of the Star (learning values and responsibilities).
       “We're looking forward to spending quite a bit of time there this summer,” Haenze said.

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