The 12 planters in front of Pondera Medical Center (PMC) are not just a floral rainbow display. The Conrad Garden Club did the planting in recognition of life, hope and the health challenges our community faces. Lapel “ribbons” in various colors have become a popular way to support various causes. 

The planting colors were taken from the list of “ribbon” colors: white – life; yellow – hope; red – heart disease, stroke; lavender – general cancer awareness; pink – breast cancer; orange – multiple sclerosis and lupus; purple – Alzheimer’s; pink and blue – miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.  

Some colors were difficult or impossible to express with flowers. Finding plants of the right hue in a variety that can withstand the hot, windy conditions and still present an attractive display is challenging.  Sometimes it is impossible. For example, the lung cancer ribbon color, according to the list, is “clear”!

Conrad Garden Club has a long history of civic planting in Conrad. Locations have included PMC and old nursing home, Meadowlark School and the Post Office. Current projects are the front of PMC and the Fire Hall.   

PMC covered some of the expense for this planting. If you would like to help defray the cost of this project and support future Garden Club civic plantings and projects, donations may be sent to P.O. Box 550, Conrad,  59425.