Inside and Outside the Picket Fence

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Pam Riley, the founder and driving force behind the Quitman Arboretum and Botanical Garden, passed away a few days ago. Those of us who continue with this project think back to the days when that part of Hogg Park consisted of 23 overgrown acres and a house that needed repair. Pam and her friends entered the picture and, as they say, the rest is history.

Those of us who have enjoyed these gardens over the years are grateful for her insight and determination to make the Quitman Arboretum a permanent fixture in Wood County.

These hot and humid days of July find us busy with yard work. Beds need mulching, the irrigation system requires monitoring, and our gardeners keep a watchful eye on those plants that can survive a Texas summer and those plants who wish they were in Oregon.

The painting is now complete on the exterior. There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to breathe new life into an old home. Inside the house we are gathering items for the annual Fall Yard Sale. This will be held on Saturday, September 29. We are now accepting donations on Wednesday mornings and would appreciate any items (no clothes or shoes please) you wish to contribute. We look forward to seeing you. Remember the coffee is on (we will even add ice cubes).

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