Sprinkle and Sprout Garden Club’s mission is to keep two cities lookin’ good

Members take turns watering and weeding flowers in Staples and Motley

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
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The Sprinkle and Sprout Garden Club of Motley work hard with its water wagon to keep both Motley and Staples beautiful. With the support of local service clubs and merchants, the Club takes care of two parks, one business and 28 barrels of flowers. Pictured watering from the water wagon are (from left): Gay Swecker, Judy Evans, Gerry Altrichter, Ginger Olson, Florence Berndt and Bud Swecker.

The Sprinkle and Sprout Garden Club in Motley is an active group. Formed in 1986, its mission is to beautify the communities of Motley and Staples.

Twenty club members accomplish that by planting hundreds of flowers in the parks and the barrels in both towns. To maintain those plants, the Club had a water wagon built by Mike Fischer of Motley. The wagon is pulled by a member’s vehicle around Motley, from flower barrel to park garden, about every other day when it hasn’t rained.

To have the wagon made, the Club secured a grant through the Staples Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Initiative Foundation, for $1,340. The motorized pump which gets its power from the vehicle’s battery, discharges the water from the 150-gallon container. Each barrel of flowers gets about two gallons of water each time.

“We water the flowers and plants in the Veterans Park in Motley and the East End Park and Mid Central Federal Savings and Loan in Staples,” said member Ginger Olson. “We also take care of the 28 flower barrels placed in and around Motley.”

Each year the Club has taken care of purchasing the flowers for the barrels in Motley. This year, both the Pillager and the Staples Motley horticulture classes grew the flowers and gave them to the Club.

Mulch to slow the evaporation of the water in the barrels was donated by Rod Enberg Logging in Motley.

The group is also supported in part by the local American Legion and Lions clubs.

“We will be applying for another grant to purchase a golf cart to pull our wagon,” said member Bud Swecker, because not everyone’s vehicle is equipped to pull the water wagon.

Fundraisers include two plant sales each year. This year the Club is also sponsoring a bus trip Saturday, Aug. 4, to The Plant Place in Perham, Becker Pet and Garden in Detroit Lakes, the Sculpture Gardens in New York Mills and Bergenson’s Gardens in Fertile.

For more information about the day trip or to reserve a seat on the bus, call Marilyn Hall at (218) 352-6670. For more information about the Sprinkle and Sprout Garden Club, contact Hall or Ginger Olson at (218) 352-9214.