Garden heroes beautify South Bend

Young men pitched in last month to beautify the planter boxes and gardens in downtown South Bend.

SOUTH BEND — Smooth Rose, Omar Ortiz and Bryan Damon became Garden Club heroes when they stopped to help cultivate a particularly difficult planter box at the Robert Bush Memorial Park in South Bend last month. “We were just driving by and saw you out there working. We kept going for a minute, but then turned around and came back,” said Ortiz.

The three South Bend High School graduates and athletes enthusiastically lifted plants and dug out old dirt. After helping Garden Club members mix and replace the soil they went on their way, presumably to do other good deeds.

“We’re so glad that they stopped to help and that we had a chance to get to meet them,” said Garden Club president Denise Rogers. “It’s wonderful to live in a town where things like this happen.”

Local resident Carlene Cochrane also helped with the planters during a Garden Club work party held in April.

South Bend’s NQ (Nob Hill/Quality Hill) Garden Club has been in existence since 1929 and currently has 20 members. The group plants and maintains the flower boxes on the Ray Spurrell Boardwalk in the Robert Bush Memorial Park as well as other areas in South Bend. The projects are supported by donations, fundraisers and volunteer labor. 

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