For years, the Clark Lake Garden Angels struggled watering the triangle, where North Lake and Ocean Beach Road meet.  For each application, they had to stretch a hose across the busy road—both difficult and risky.  Last fall, the Clark Lake Garden Angels sought a solution and embarked on an irrigation project.  They asked the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation for help.  Through donations to the Foundation, it funded the entire project.  Not a simple operation, the project required boring under North Lake Road, installation of sprinklers and a control function.  In these photos from Friday, check out the Bigger Bloom results.

In the slide show, Sandy Simon is standing, earlier this year, near the soon to be installed controls.  The next slide shows her demonstrating the system.   Before Bigger Blooms, watering was not as frequent.  With the new system operating, the sprinkler automatically quenches the thirst of the plants for about an hour every day starting at 8 am.  

To learn more about the project and the Garden Angels, view this short video.

The Garden Angels also landscape around the Community Center and the Tom Collins monument at the head of the Spirit Trail.   They were manicuring that site on Friday.

Michele Ambs, Jane Fowler, Sandy Simon, Tricia Boyers

A final word about beauty, courtesy of John Keats:

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Beauty is a gift.  We aren’t the creator of seeds, plants and blossoms, but it’s up to us to encourage and cultivate them.  Thanks to the Garden Angels, that is happening at Clark Lake. 

Photos: Rick Belcher