Parishioners dig in
By Mark Weber
It was appropriate that on the feast day of St. Isidore the Farmer, 55 parishioners of St. John the Baptist parish in Fort Wayne showed up on a chilly day in jeans, jackets and boots to plant flowers on the parish grounds.
The idea took root several weeks ago when pastor Andrew Budzinski suggested the Adopt-A-Plot concept. Simply stated, he asked that individuals and families stake out one or more of 60 ten foot sections of ground on the perimeter of the church, rectory and school, then plant flowers on “planting day” and maintain that patch for the summer. Of the 60 sections, 55 were claimed and on May 15th, in spite of unfavorable weather, many, including whole families, showed up to prep and plant and enjoy cookies, cake and hot dogs.
The diggers moved a mountain of mulch and planted pink geraniums, yellow and orange marigolds, purple ageratum, anemone, asters, azaleas, daisies, five colors of impatiens, hosta, zinnias and more.
Next comes weeding, watering and watching the colors spring forth.