Beauty in the midst of construction

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Gardening is a challenge in Alaska, but it's a challenge that Barbara Jewell and her few volunteers have taken up very effectively at Pioneer Park along the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.

"It really has grown nicely, thanks to all the care from our volunteers. Surprisingly, last year was a severe winter for the plants, but many of the flowers have come back again," said Barbara Jewell, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Soldotna.

A few years ago nothing but a few weeds sprouted along the highway frontage where the old Department of Transportation site used to be located. Through a coordinated effort by Barbara and her volunteers, soil and landscaping was brought in that has produced one of the prettiest gardens anywhere in Alaska. The volunteers have dwindled down to a precious few according to Jewell, "But it's an example of what can be done. So, if anybody wants to help, we have what we call the garden party every Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30pm, it's really weeding, but we give it a glamorous name and have a lot of fun calling it a garden party, and everyone is welcome to come by the park and help out," said Jewell.

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