Published On: Fri, Jul 21st, 2017

Beauty revealed in city orchard

Norm Lorenz, Osmond Orchard caretaker, pauses among the flowers

OSMOND — It may not be a sculptured garden with paved walkways and cultured flowers laid out in organized beds, and yet there is beauty in the wildness of Osmond Orchard. The wildflowers and native grasses roam freely among the fruit trees and bushes. And yes, there are weeds, but orchard caretaker Norman Lorenz hopes that, with time, the weeds will become fewer and the flowers and grasses will take over.
“Every weed I pull, one more flower can grow,” he explained.
Norm spends an hour or so pulling weeds every morning, between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. This includes the thistles and some of the cottonwood and other trees that start seeding and that he has to dig out. The others he pulls by hand, he said, because if you use a hoe, you’ll hoe out the flowers.

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