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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wayzata Volunteers brave rain to plant City gardens

Wayzata volunteers braved cool temperatures and intermittent heavy rain to plant the City of Wayzata public gardens for the second year in a row under a program dubbed "Dig-It".

View hundreds of photos from the event here: 2011 Garden Planting by the Wayzata Volunteers.

Gordy and Deanne Straka & Jan and Dennis Himan helped to organize "Dig-It", the City of Wayzata's volunteer garden planting event.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
Organized by co-chairs Deanne Straka and Jan Himan, the event gathered about 100 volunteers at Wayzata Public Works early on Saturday morning.  Coffee and donuts were served prior to heading out into the elements for the actual planting.

Wayzata Mayor Ken Willcox and Councilwomen Mary Bader lend a helping hand at Heritage Park. Photo Dan Gustafson. 
The volunteer program has received state wide attention from the League of Minnesota Cities, and Mayor Willcox indicated the City of Wayzata is being considered for an award for pioneering the program.

Nadine Storms plants flowers on Lake Street.  Photo Dan Gustafson.
The volunteers dispersed at about 9:00 and headed to the various locations around the community to plant the flowers.  An intermittent heavy rain made sure that the flowers would be watered as they were planted.
Johanna McCarthy plants flowers in a City of Wayzata garden. Photo Dan Gustafson.
Karen Golden works the dirt. Photo Dan Gustafson.

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