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Gallus:  A Real Friend to the Garden

Joanne Winer

November 1st, 2005

One of the first things you notice when you pass the two entrance rocks in Celia’s Rainbow Gardens, is the fountain in the center of a circular area.

The fountain has three ponds that are connected and form a waterfall effect. There is a tree growing on one side, and a beautiful vine growing up and around the telephone pole backdrop for the ponds.

Every year for the past several years, a very special lady has been growing plants to place around the ponds and the several planting beds included in the fountain area.

Her name is Colleen Gallus and she has been teaching the schoolchildren for several years about growing plants at the school that they have brought out to the Gardens and planted.

Every year, she has come out to the Gardens and made the fountain area a wonderful and colorful place for people to learn about plants and how they can make a big difference in the look of landscaping.

Colleen has been a volunteer for the Salvation Army for several years, and is also the docent at the Quartzsite Museum.

Her love of plants and growing flowers with the kids has been something she started on her own, and her participation in making the Gardens, and especially the fountain area look great is something that makes her really special.

If you go out there now, you will see all the work she has just completed planting marigolds and other plants in the fountain area for everyone to enjoy.

She is a wonderful friend to the Gardens, and we appreciate all her efforts.