Republican Valley 4-H Club plants flowers for the Sisters of St. Joseph

May 1, 2019 by

April showers bring May flowers — but who plants them?

On Wednesday, the Republican Valley 4-H club answered that question by planting about 15 planters full of flowering plants for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

Lyle Pounds, organic gardener for the sisters, invited the club to come help plant the big outdoor planters for the sisters.

He gave them direction on how to plant the pots on the porch.

“These are ornamental sweet potatoes,” he said. “We like those to be able to dangle over the side. And we want to alternate the colors of the petunias.”

The crew made short work of the porch and courtyard planters.

“This is an excellent community service activity,” Pounds said.

“They are very hard workers,” said Chrissy Henderson, 4-H club leader.

After getting their hands dirty with the planters, Pounds took them on a tour of the Motherhouse greenhouse. Finally, they ended up in the Motherhouse for a snack of cookies and a quick tour of the kitchens. While there, they were introduced to Sister Ann Glatter.

“Sister Ann was the gardener here for 60 years,” Pounds told the kids. “So she knows about getting dirt under her fingernails.”

Sister Ann thanked all the kids for their hard work.

The planters are all adopted by various sisters who will look after them over the upcoming summer.

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