‘Flowers for a Friend’ sculpture honors contributions of Evergreen couple

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By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen resident Louise Mounsey is pleased that a sculpture honoring her and her late husband, Bill, will be installed at the Hiwan Homestead Museum this summer. 

“I can hardly wait to get it to Hiwan,” she said.

Mounsey was among a group of people gathered at Creekside Cellars on a recent Friday afternoon to celebrate the bronze sculpture, titled “Flowers for a Friend.”

Near the entrance of the restaurant is an image of a young girl named Emma who is kneeling and holding flowers, the initial element of the work. Sculptor Ken Ball is working on an accompanying piece depicting a gardener, the inspiration for which is Mounsey.

The work is a gift to the Evergreen community to honor the Mounseys, said Pam Hinish, a committee member of the Mounsey Legacy Project.

Since initiating the project, Hinish and members Sandy Swan, Tina Kellogg and John Ellis have been collaborating to make it a reality. They have worked to raise funds, and many individuals and businesses have contributed. More than 75 percent of the funds needed for the sculpture have been raised to date, said Ellis.

“It’s how Evergreen works together,” he said.

The sculpture celebrates the Mounseys’ contributions to the environment and the betterment of the Evergreen community, Hinish said.

“Their legacy is of timeless and limitless mentoring — the sharing of their love of nature and what lives and grows in it,” she remarked.

Louise helped establish Evergreen Audubon and the Evergreen Garden Club and assumed leadership roles in the Wilderness Society, Colorado Open Space Council, the Mountain Area Planning Council, the American Legion, the Evergreen chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Evergreen Park Homeowners Association. 

She pioneered high-altitude gardening techniques and remains active in the garden club she helped establish 50 years ago.

Bill served as an officer in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II and founded the first Combat Infantrymen’s Association in Colorado. 

When the sculpture is completed, it will be placed on the lawn of the museum in an area surrounded by plantings. Pavers leading to the work will be placed on the museum lawn. They will be offered for sale to help with the cost of the project.

A reception and unveiling for the work are scheduled for July 25. In the meantime, “Emma” will make an appearance at downtown businesses. In April, the sculpture will be at the Muddy Buck. In May, she will be at Keys on the Green. After her relocation to Sundance by Design in June, a garden tea party will be held for Emma on June 6.

The nonprofit Flowers for a Friend organization is offering limited editions of five sculptures of the original work as well as maquette-size editions of the entire work and of Emma. 

The organization is also seeking donations to cover the remaining cost of the sculpture. 

Supporters of the project include Pam Hinish and her husband, Tony Trumbly; Sandy Swan; John Ellis and Evergreen National Bank; the Muddy Buck; Keys on the Green; Creekside Cellars; Evergreen Audubon; the Evergreen Garden Club; the John Donovan family; the family of Sandee Ball; the Kellogg family and Given Trees; Sundance by Design; the Elks Lodge; Allan Casey; and Linda Kirkpatrick. Other contributions have been made by Jeffco Open Space, the Jeffco Historical Society and in memory of Joan Reynolds.

For sculpture sales and information, contact Sandy Swan at 303-350-7331 or sandy@Swanrealtorsgroup.com. For details about the organization and the project, visit  www.flowersforafriend.org.

Contact Sandy Barnes at  sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.