“I wonder if we’ll find any dinosaur bones?,” Daley asked as he dug in the Leif Erikson Park’s Rose Garden.
Yes, you read that correctly.
A 7-year-old was digging in the garden beds that are home to over 3,000 tender roses.
With a pitchfork.
Daley and I recently participated in the “Raising of the Roses,” an annual spring tradition for the City of Duluth’s Parks Maintenance staff and the Lake Superior Rose Society.
Using the “Minnesota Tip” method, we helped unearth the tender rose plants that had been tipped over and buried in preparation for winter.
It was a great way for us to take part in gardening given that we do not have a garden at home.
We learned a fun fact: The Rose Garden sits on top of I-35, which means we drive under it often (it is the tunnel with the Viking ships carved across the top of each entrance).
Daley described this volunteer experience as “awesomely fun.”
His favorite things: collecting worms, digging, getting dirty, eating cookies, and hanging out on the Gator with Joanne, the friendly Parks Maintenance crew member.
My favorite things: spending time with my son, being physically active outdoors, meeting new people, learning about roses, and making a positive impact on our community.
We look forward to returning to see the roses that we helped wake up from their long winter nap blooming this summer.
For more info, watch the Parks and Recreation website for an announcement in early April (scroll down to Press Releases).
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