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One day last week as I was headed into town I saw this activity near the Palacios Parkway--the section of the Lower Valley Pathway that opens up into an entryway park to the community.
City workers were doing some preparation work, removing sod, adding topsoil, etc.
Here is the story I wrote in 1988, interspersed with images I have taken there in the last couple of years.
A bright spot worthy of note, the Grandview Rose Garden, located in Westside Park near the city pool, is a colorful accomplishment of a dedicated group of women working over a period of years.
"There was nothing here but weeds and alkali," said Sue Marble, who has been part of the club since the early 1950's when they started the garden from scratch. "We set out the plan. We dug the paths down and built up the beds to provide drainage.
Rock edgings were later put in to hold the soil so the beds would not fall down. Early volunteers cleaned chicken houses for manure, using everything they could get a hold of to build up the soil.
The garden now has about 1,000 rose bushes. At one time all were labeled, but most of the markers have been pulled out. Most are hybrid teas, but there are also climbers, old fashioned briars, and floribundas.
"We always buy top grade patented roses," said Ballard. "We generally get the new ones that have just been developed."
The Grandview Garden Club's annual plant sale provides the funding for upkeep. The amount of expenditure usually depends on the weather.
Upkeep has included replacing winter-damaged plants in bad weather years--about 85 plants in the worst year. A sprinkler system was installed at a cost of about $2,000. The beds were watered by hand in the earliest days of the gardens.
Grandview Garden Club members, of whom there are about 18, gather each Wednesday morning to work in the rose garden--sometimes as many as nine, other times as few as three. Weeding and pruning are ongoing projects. The pruning done now will result in continuous bloom all summer. The heaviest bloom is in June and September.
"We have tried to get signs on the highways so that tourists would be aware of it," stated Ballard. "But we have not been able to accomplish that."
Grandview Herald, July 6, 1988