Page 16 The Ogden Valley news Volume XV Issue XII June 1, 2008 A Garden without a Gardener— Boys State & Girls State Representatives Designing nearly carefree annual flower beds Selected by the American Legion learned these techniques first-hand. Jones offers a sample listing of some representative plants from each category, which provides examples. Skeleton plants can be tall grasses, flowering cabbage or kale, New Zealand flax, cleome, or annual black-eyed Susan. Tendon plants are slightly smaller such as geraniums, profusion zinnias, star zinnias, Victoria blue salvia, or gomphera. Flesh plants are the lowest plants and could be verbena, sweet potato vine, Snowland daisy, alyssum, lobelia, diascia, licorice plant, or the often-used petunia. Pick a variety of colors, and plants that are pleasing to the eye that will create unity and enjoyment. The gardener’s individuality comes into play as each flower bed becomes a unique creation. Jerry Goodspeed, Weber County Extension Agent, follows these same planting principles but uses music terminology to describe the three plant types. Skeleton becomes beat; tendon becomes melody; and flesh becomes harmony. This imagery brings to mind a symphony of color and texture that is pleasing to the eye. Jones suggests adding in some “sparkle” plants here and there that stand out because of color. This could be done by perhaps Annual flower bed at the Ogden Botanical adding a splash of red and white here and Gardens illustrates various types of plants there throughout the bed. used to create a pleasing combination. This type of flower bed can be achieved Photo by horticulturist Jerry Goodspeed. by planning before going to the nursery to Lassig believes in creating beautiful purchase plants. Decide the type and color landscapes that maximize the enjoyment of plants desired and determine how many of the garden while minimizing the time of each will be needed. Figure the square spent weeding and working. Making the footage of the flower bed and plan on purcorrect decisions ahead of time can elimi- chasing two plants per total square foot. For nate much of the work while increasing the example, a 10 foot by 10 foot or 100 square foot bed would call for 200 plants—20% satisfaction of gardening. To create a beautiful and professional- skeleton/beat, 20% tendon/melody, and 60% looking flower garden, Lassig suggests flesh/harmony. Write down the choices and using plants separated into three categories amounts needed and take the list to the nursthat he compares to the structure of the ery to avoid impulse buying. When planting, Lassig cautions against body—skeleton, tendons, and flesh. planting flowers side by side in a row. Rather, Skeleton plants are the dominant, taller flowers should be planted intermingled simiplants that form a focal point. These plants pack a “punch” and should comprise 20 lar to clasped or intertwined fingers. Once the flower bed is planted, little care percent of the flowers in the bed. is required beyond regular watering, some Tendon plants are less dominant, somewhat weeding, and, importantly, dead-heading or shorter than the skeleton plants, and make up removing spent flowers to keep the flowers another 20 percent of the plants used. The third category is the lower, creeping blooming throughout the summer. So, is it possible to create a garden plants that “flesh” out and fill in the flower without a gardener? With some creative bed. Most of the plants in the bed should planning and preparation—almost! be in this group—about 60 percent. For information about programs and schedules Dorinda Jones, Manager of the Ogden Botanical Gardens, spent five years work- at the Ogden Botanical Gardens, please visit <http:// ing with Lassig at Temple Square and extension.usu.edu/weber/htm/horticulture> By Karen Bastow At a recent “Learn from the Expert” luncheon at the Ogden Botanical Gardens, Peter Lassig, retired head gardener of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, repeatedly said, “Remember, you want a garden without a gardener.” He then proceeded to give suggestions on how to achieve this seemingly unbelievable scenario. Paul L. Judd The only name in Valley Real Estate you’ll ever need to know. 814-5667 Cell SOLD Price Reduced $150,000 2025 E. 5959 N. Liberty MLS #737008 Price reduced $49,000 to $315,000 This is one of the best buys in Ogden Valley. Beautiful single family rambler on spacious lot. Huge family room and living room. Maintenance free exterior and metal roof. Very nice inside & out. 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At Boys State and Girls State, the representatives chosen from across Utah will elect officials, including two senators, who will Ty Robbins attend Boys Nation and Girls Nation in Washington DC. The Boys State week-long conference is held at Weber State University, with students living on campus. The girls will meet at the University of Southern Utah in Cedar City. We are proud of these outstanding young men and women in their endeavor to better our nation by learning about the political process. Boys State representatives are Mason Harrop (WHS), Ty Robbins (WHS), Trever Petersen (WHS), Preston Shumway (WHS), and Garret Bassett Garret Bassett (WHS). Not pictured is Daniel Tanner (WHS). Girls State representatives selected are Jenessa Baird (WHS), Sami Hager (WHS), Haley Haws (Morgan HS), Melissa Hunsaker (Morgan HS), Karlee Jensen (WHS), Kami Long (Morgan HS), and Sami Hager Sharlie Truman (Fremont HS). Congratulations students! Mama Lucy Odipo and Little Bees School in Nairobi Slums—An opportunity to make a difference By Karen Bastow Lucy Odipo could be retired and living comfortably after twenty years of working as a secretary at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. Before her retirement in 2001, she had saved a good deal of money to invest. However, Lucy decided, instead, to use her only savings to help the less fortunate in the Nairobi slums. In the same year as her retirement, she mobilized a group of women to start cleaning up the slums. They also washed clothing for the sick and providChildren of the slums ed food and clothing survey damage to for the poor. During the begintheir homes after fires were set by arsonists ning of her work in during recent political the Madoya Slum outside of Nairobi, riots in Kenya. Lucy noticed the number of little children who were not going to school. They were everywhere—hungry and busy doing nothing. The sight of these children prompted Lucy to rethink her goals and she organized the Little Bees Self-Help Group. Her new objectives were to provide education to the orphaned children, as well as clothing, feeding, and providing medical care. Rather than a living a life of relative ease and security, Lucy has sacrificed all that she has to mother countless orphans while struggling to provide the barest of necessities for these children. Mama Lucy, as she affectionately has become known, has expanded her vision to include school feeding programs and to provide clean water and toilets in the worst of slum conditions. She is a champion of environmental hygiene. It was at her instigation that a campaign against flying toilets (discarded plastic bags full of waste used and carelessly tossed everywhere) was successfully waged to clean up the Little Bees area of the slum. Her care and support reaches out to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She turns no one away, but gathers in all children who come seeking help. Mama Lucy has filled her home in the slums to overflowing with young girls who have been molested and/or treated cruelly. The Little Bees School and Mama Lucy’s humble home are reached by walking through narrow alleys while dodging sharp overhanging sheet metal roofs, and carefully stepping over streams of filthy water. Mama Lucy has taken her portion of the slum and has done wonders, creating a small haven of safety for the children. This haven was nearly destroyed in the recent political riots when many of the areas around the Little Bees School were burned. Several of the Little Bees children were killed and Mama Lucy was taken from her home and beaten during this time. Though circumstances such as these would weaken the resolve and dedication of most people, Mama Lucy was back at work rebuilding and offering aid just as soon as she was released from the hospital and a measure of peace was restored. Having had the opportunity to work with Mama Lucy in Kenya by giving instructions in gardening and classroom curriculum, Shanna Francis of Eden and Karen Bastow of Liberty are spearheading a movement to provide ongoing support for Mama Lucy and her Little Bees. Working through Reach the Children, a nonprofit foundation, all donations are tax deductible. Mama Lucy isn’t looking for handouts, rather, she believes in vocational training and income-generating activities as she and the women of Little Bees work toward self-sufficiency. To Mama Lucy directs this end, one project the building of toilets they have undertaken to help clean up is to make African the environment at dolls and Noah’s Arks Little Bees School in to sell. We won’t Nairobi slums. be selling these, but rather will give them away in appreciation for donations of $100 or more. Even the smallest donations, added together, will make a huge difference in the lives of these deserving Kenyan children. William Wilberforce said, “Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way . . . but you can never say again that you did not know.” If you are interested in making a contribution toward helping Mama Lucy and the Little Bees School, please contact Shanna Francis at 745-2688 or Karen Bastow at 7454127.