Volunteer flowers in at Thorndale

       Eight hundred plants went into the ground in the name of Genevieve “Genny” Sucharski May 15 at Thorndale Park.
        The multicolored flower plot, one of 104 citywide under Colorado Springs' volunteer “Springs in Bloom” program, commemorates the Westside woman's brief but memorable life. She died four years ago at age 18 in a car accident while returning from her first year at college.
        The plot, located at the southeast corner of the park (23rd and Uintah), has a city-erected sign announcing that it has been adopted by “The Friends and Family of Genny.”
       “People stopped and waved as they drove by,” recalled Lee Gray, Genny's grandmother, of the all-day planting effort, which involved 16 people, 800 plants, 6 flower varieties and a barbecue in the park.
       The flowers are planted in a design of a sun next to a moon. It's the logo of Lunar Star Pottery, a home business by Karen and Mark Sucharski (Genny's parents), and also represents her own connection with her daughter, Karen said.
       The sun is depicted by yellow and orange marigolds and the moon by blue petunias. Other flower types are Dusty Millers, alyssums and salvias.
       The volunteer Springs in Bloom program came about after budget cuts prevented City Parks from performing its traditional chore of planting and tending public flower plots in the warmer months. The Friends and Family of Genny was one of the first adopting groups back in mid-April; as of this week, all but 3 of the 104 plots have been claimed.
       The other Westside flower plot, at Blunt Park, is scheduled to be planted May 27 by its adopting group - Girl Scout Troop 95 in Security.
       May 15 was the first day people could plant flowers, under city rules for the program. The date is close to the anniversary of Genny's death on May 12, 2000. Family members say that adopting the flower plot has helped ease the grief they had come to associate with this time of year.

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