By Valerie Durbin
Many Davis residents are contributing “under the radar” and in unique ways simply for the satisfaction of doing something to enhance their community. One is Varda Topkis, whose handiwork — purple bearded iris beginning to bloom on the Senda Nueva greenbelt in North Davis — brightens the day of all who walk along that path.
Topkis’ landscape project began when she saw a pile of iris in the street that a neighbor had thinned and discarded. She had no room in her own yard at the time but, being “unable to see something living just thrown away,” she alerted her friend, an avid gardener, of the find.
Later, Topkis began planting some of the bulbs in areas of bare dirt along the greenbelt until there was no more room to plant.
“There’s such abundance in Davis, it behooves us to share,” she said.