Dear Editor:

Thank you, Moab Sun News, for the publicity of the Canyonlands chapter of the Utah Native Plant Society’s first public garden project in Moab.  

Gardens are a big commitment and require multiple people with diverse skills to come up with the most favorable outcome. In addition to those mentioned in your article (“Native revegetation planting at Community Recycle Center,” April 25) several additional folks were involved in making this native plant garden a reality.  

Sarah Topp, retired botanist and avid gardener, was the person who made the initial contact with the construction company to get permission to salvage the Spanish Valley plants we used in the garden.

Soil moisture was high and temperatures were cool and within days, she was contacted by Sara Melnicoff, who had the location for the plants.

The rest is history and so a loud shout of thanks goes out to Bruce Condie, Wyn Smith, Sarah Topp , Sara Melnicoff and Paul Nags for their strong arms for digging holes, scooping wood chips and loading rocks. In addition to the salvaged plants, Wildlands, Inc,. and Moab Solutions donated additional seeds and plants.

So stay tuned. You can expect more invitations to join the “work parties” to maintain this as the best little garden in Moab. Contact Diane Ackerman at if you are interested in learning more about salvaging native plants and the Canyonlands chapter of the Utah Native Plant Society.

Diane Ackerman

Chair of Canyonlands chapter of Utah Native Plant Society