Friday, February 26, 2021

Etchepare Hall to Receive Memorial Garden

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On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the Colusa County Fairgrounds broke ground on its newest improvement project at Etchepare Hall.

The Frances Dunning Etchepare Memorial Garden will feature raised flower beds, an outdoor demonstration stage, as well as various landscaping improvements around Etchepare Hall.

Etchepare Hall is dedicated in memory of longtime fair board member, Leon Etchepare, the Hall has featured the Floriculture exhibit during the Colusa County Fair and will soon feature an expanded outdoor garden exhibit.

‚ÄúThis is just the first step in making the fairgrounds usable year round,‚ÄĚ said Colusa County Fair CEO, Jonathan Howard, ‚ÄúI am very excited about this project.‚ÄĚ

Though the project recently broke ground, it has been a project in the making.

‚ÄúSeveral years ago when Frances heard about the garden expansion she grabbed the plans and her Sunset magazines and researched all the plants,‚ÄĚ said Shelia Etchepare, ‚ÄúShe was very excited.‚ÄĚ

When Frances passed away in 2013, it only seemed appropriate to dedicate the garden expansion in her memory.

‚ÄúShe loved to garden,‚ÄĚ Shelia added.

The garden expansion project is a partnership between the Colusa County Fair Board, the Etchepare Family, the Colusa County Master Gardeners, and the Garden Club of Colusa County.

‚ÄúMaster Gardener, Diane Vafis has made considerable contributions to the project by selecting native plants that will do well and are water wise,‚ÄĚ said Master Gardener, Gerry Hernandez.

Some of the plants to be featured in the garden include Fortnight Lily, Carpet Roses, Azaleas, Camellias, Heavenly Bamboo, Society Garlic, Crape Myrtle Trees, Japanese Maple, and Dwarf Pomegranates.

‚ÄúThe Master Gardeners will be able to use the garden a host for demonstrations,‚ÄĚ said Hernandez.

The Frances Dunning Etchepare Memorial Garden is just one of the many projects that Fair CEO, Jonathan Howard has in store to help make the fairgrounds facility usable year round.

‚ÄúI would like to see more projects like this one take shape,‚ÄĚ said Howard, ‚ÄúIt would be great to have a place for the community to use year around.‚ÄĚ

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
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Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at lloyd@colusacountynews.net or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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