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Quartzsite's Favorite Attraction

Joanne Winer

July 5th, 2005

Celia’s Rainbow Gardens has been a work in progress since 1995, and for all that time it has been a labor of love for those who have given their time and efforts to it.

What started out originally as a simple quarter-mile nature trail, has now grown over the past years to become one of the most visited attractions in this area, with hundreds of people enjoying walking the trails and seeing what has been accomplished by volunteers with big hearts.

The going has been slow sometimes, due to lack of volunteers and donations, but every year there has been something new added, and visitors are amazed at the progress that has been done just over the winter seasons when the volunteers are here.

This coming winter, it is hoped that the Heroes Area, which has been raked and has had some planting done around it, will have the pond in place and the surrounding patio area built in.

This area is a special area in the Gardens, as it will honor all those men and women who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety, well-being, and freedoms.

It will be a special place to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for these services, and will also remind us of those who still go out every day to help others and make the world we live in a much better place.

The Gardens is in need of many volunteers to help get this area and others worked on to get these phases of the Gardens complete so other projects can be started.

They are looking for anyone with expertise in irrigation, water pump systems, and brick laying. Many water lines have to be added in this area as well as other areas in the Gardens.

With the temperatures in the 110s now, it is extremely hard to water most of the trails that are still done by hoses. It takes over three hours for watering the Gardens with only a few people braving the heat, and it would be really nice to have watering lines put into place to make it easier.

Eventually, it is hoped that all the trails and planted areas will have irrigation lines on timers, so that the watering will be done automatically on a schedule, making it much easier for everyone.

If you have some spare time, and know how to put in irrigation lines, please let us know if you can volunteer to help.

There are already existing taps in place, and pipes can be run easily to them. Because of the coyotes digging up and chewing the black irrigation lines, plans are to use PVC pipes. Please call Joanne at 927-6551 if you can give some time to help.