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Daisies tending Clear Spring butterfly garden

October 14, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Members of Troop 655 Daisy Girl Scouts in Clear Spring are going to be learning more about how things grow starting Saturday.

"We are having our first work day at the Clear Spring Garden Club's butterfly garden Oct. 18," said Clare Seibert, co-leader of the troop.

Recently, the troop was asked to take over the responsibilities for the unique garden, which is next to the pavilion at the Washington County park in Clear Spring.

It is, after all, a perfect pairing.

The children's butterfly garden was built by children and for children eight years ago by then junior members of the Clear Spring Garden Club.

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Club member Linda McNamee approached the troop recently, and Seibert and her co-leader, Gina Cirincion, agreed to take the challenge.

In 1996, four women became the foundation for the Clear Spring Garden Club. With a goal of beautifying the town, the club quickly grew to about 30 members who meet monthly.

Over the years, the club has established many gardens in the town and surrounding community.

In 1999 and into 2000, the club incorporated and expanded to include the new junior members. Six children joined at the outset and several others attended meetings designed to capture the interest of all ages.

The butterfly garden was one of the first junior club projects.

At the work session Saturday, there are plans to plant bulbs and clean up the garden for the winter.

The troop, which numbers about a dozen girls, meets Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at St. John's UCC Church on Cumberland Street in Clear Spring. Daisies are usually 6 or 7 years old.

For more information about the troop, call 301-842-3451.

Anyone wishing to become a member of the Clear Spring Garden Club may call 301-842-3637 or 301-842-3789 for information.

Donations may be directed to Clear Spring Garden Club Inc., P.O. Box 173, Clear Spring, MD 21722.

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