“The earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. The lovely front-page photo of Doris Currier tending a downtown flower box surely made me smile!

The beauties planted and tended by Doris and other Master Gardeners have added so much to my quality of life this summer. Thanks to them, and to so many others who added to the natural beauty of Maquoketa by planting and tending flowers. I take it as a gift!

Karen Manning