Lamppost gardens light Grand Lake with color |

Lamppost gardens light Grand Lake with color

Ariadyn Hansen
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

In 1989 Pam Coonrod and Jeanie Hansgen noticed Grand Lake needed more color.

That was the year the women started the Adopt-a-Garden program.

With too many plants in their garden, Coonrod and Hansgen decided they would contribute the flowers to the community. Instead of giving the flowers to the Town of Grand Lake, the women gave their flowers to volunteers in the community.

“This way it would benefit the town,” Coonrod said, “without actually giving the flowers to the town.”

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Volunteers were able to put their flowers in lamppost gardens along the streets of downtown Grand Lake, just like they do today through the program.

Coonrod and Wittman are looking for volunteers who will give their time and care to the flowers in the Adopt-a-Garden program.

“This is not a come help me for the day kind of thing,” Coonrod said. “You do it until you decide not to.”

Grand Lake town planner, Abbi Jo Wittman, said Coonrod grows flowers wherever she can, including the inside of her home, under a green light in the winter.

Volunteers can obtain flowers through Coonrod, or they can use their own.

However, Wittman said Coonrod has quite a selection of flowers.

“My mission is diversity,” Coonrod said, “I provide people with plants they can’t get anywhere else.”

Four of the 31 lamppost gardens are ready to be adopted. Wittman said they will have a waiting list if necessary.

– Ariadyn can be reached at 970 887-3334 ext 19605 or by e-mail at

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