Lady Bug gardeners retire their spades after 27 years: Downtown mini-park to be refurbished


Carol Wendorff, left, and Marjean Ruddle prepare to unearth some of the plants at Lady Bug Garden Club Park in downtown Maple Lake last week after the Lady Bug Garden Club officially called it quits. The park will be refurbished this summer with the intent to add maintenance free shrubs and an evergreen tree. Some plants, like this crab apple tree that was planted in the early years of the club, will remain. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

After 27 years, Maple Lake’s Lady Bug Garden Club is pulling up its roots and calling it quits.
The group is perhaps best known for establishing the Lady Bug Garden Club Park, a mini respite for nature lovers between Ed’s Barber Shop and the Manuel building. For the last couple weeks, past and present members have been literally pulling flowers it once planted there to make room for a more maintenance-free area that might one day be the home of a new city Christmas tree.

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