Dedication of the Betsy Cory Native Plant Garden in Chula Vista

By Kay Stewart

(L to R): Chris, Betty, Kay, Joan, and Emily plant and primp. The
boxes over the plants have beautiful information posters.

About four years ago Betsy Cory rallied her fellow gardeners in the Chula
Vista Garden Club to plant scented California Native Plants in a courtyard
garden in the Chula Vista South Branch Library. In addition, a series of
beautiful information panels were installed that explain the garden. They
were created two of Betsy's friends.  

In October the garden was dedicated to Betsy's memory. A group of her
friends gathered for the dedication. Several in attendance agreed to come
for a maintenance party in a few weeks. So in November a group of five
Garden club members met me at the garden and we spruced it up, and planted
twenty more scented plants. The majority of plants were donated by the San
Diego Chapter of CNPS. 

Robin, one of Betsy Cory's daughters, next to the Garden's sign.

The library's irrigation tech will keep an eye on the courtyard to be sure
the new plants receive the water they need. A member of the garden club will
also make a weekly visit to check up on it and to hand-water some lovely
large blue pots with plants.

Members of the Garden Club are now working on ideas for how to bring classes
to the garden so teachers can use it as part of their classroom curriculum.

(L to R) Sandy, Betty, Chris, Joan, Emily (Chula Vista Garden Club
members) and Kay (CNPS) after planting.