Before I get too far away from Quartzsite, AZ, I want to tell you about Celia’s Rainbow Gardens.
Celia was the daughter of Paul & Joanne Winer, who are Quartzsite residents, and in 1995, when she was 8-1/2 years old, she died in her mother’s arms. I won’t repeat her entire story here because her mother, Joanne, tells the story much better than I could. Just CLICK HERE to read about this amazing little girl and the blessing she brought to her parents, and ultimately to the little desert town she and her parents came to call “home.”
Celia’s Rainbow Gardens is part of the Townsite Park located in the north end of town near the Town Hall. There are benches and covered areas for people who want to relax and spend some time in the peaceful gardens or wander among the memorials. There are many interesting things to see as you walk through the eight acres of Celia’s Rainbow Gardens – flowers, critters, birds, interesting arrangements of stepping stones and benches, even a brightly painted mailbox where you can leave a message on a pad of paper inside.
One of the more unique things in the garden is Adamsville, a miniature village that was moved to Celia’s Rainbow Gardens in 2001 from its previous location near Parker, AZ. Although I didn’t get very many photos of Adamsville, it was interesting to see – imagine what it took to move that entire little town! It’s now in the process of being restored by some local residents, as you can imagine the toll being in the desert environment has taken on the little buildings and other miniature things.
I visited Celia’s gardens twice while I was in Quartzsite and each time, I was struck by the amount of care the community has displayed with the property, and the diversity of the memorials that have been placed here. Celia was indeed a very special little girl and it was her dream to make the world a better place. I think she’s accomplished that goal and more.
If you ever get a chance to go to Quartzsite, make sure to make a stop at Celia’s Rainbow Gardens. The peace you find there may be something you can take back with you into your own world, and perhaps it’s something you’ll keep with you as you walk through your days. I know I do.
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