Park Point woman bringing cheer to community with painted garden rocks |

Park Point woman bringing cheer to community with painted garden rocks

Park Point woman bringing cheer to community with painted garden rocks Photo: WDIO

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: October 28, 2020 05:01 PM

A woman who lives in Park Point started a fun hobby during COVID-19 to bring some cheer to people as they walk by her home.

The hobby is called Covid garden rocks. Every week Lynne Ziemski paints a bunch rocks with a fun design and puts them in her front yard encouraging people to take one for their garden as they walk by.

Neighbors and people from as far as Esko have come to get the rocks and have thanked her for the nice gesture.

She started painting the rocks in April when the health pandemic had many of us staying indoors.

"I have a niece in the cities that walks trails in Minneapolis and she kept sending me pictures of rocks she would find on the trails. I thought maybe I'll start to do that and let people pick them up as they walk by. We have so many walkers and people with strollers and bikers and rollerbladers. I started doing about 10 a week and now I do about 70 a week," said Ziemski.

Ziemski has made new friends and has met a lot of people along the way and has even received thank you cards from strangers who look forward to picking up a new rock every week.

"There was a preschool up at UMD. The teacher had all the kids write a thank you to me, since they pick the rocks up. That's been heartfelt that's been wonderful we all need to have more empathy and kindness. It costs nothing to make people happy," said Ziemski.

Next Tuesday will be her last set of rocks for the season. She plans on continuing this new hobby once the snow melts.


Alejandra Palacios

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