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A Gathering for Gardeners March 14 in Hutchinson


A day filled with free gardening information for homeowners and gardeners has been scheduled for March 14. This is the 20th year for the event, "A Gathering for Gardeners." The Hutchinson Horticulture Club organizes and sponsors this event each year as their educational project for the community. It is being held again in mid-March this year at a familiar location--Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 407 East 12th just west of the Cosmosphere.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., with the morning session beginning at 9 a.m. The first topic is Green Beans and Beyond by James Taylor, retired instructor at Hutchinson Community College. Taylor will review several different kinds of beans that can be grown successfully in this area. Next at 10 a.m., the topic of How to Make and Sustain the Most Awesome Container Gardens will be presented by Ben Miller, president of Stuzmans Greenhouse. He will cover all aspects of container gardening from pot size, soil, recommended plant material and maintenance tips. The last presentation for the morning will begin at 11 a.m. Dr. Raymond Cloyd, Extension specialist in entomology, from Kansas State Research and Extension in Manhattan will present Bugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Most gardeners know the difference. He will help us sort out the puzzle of which ones to fight and the ones to protect.

The afternoon programs will resume at 1 p.m., with Dr. Rodney St. John, turfgrass specialist, with K-State Research and Extension from Olathe, presenting Lawn Advice Based on K-State Research, Part II. This is a continuation of his well received presentation last year. Information will include weed control and lawn diseases like brown patch. At 2 p.m., Dr. Alan Stevens, director of K-State Research and Extension Center, Olathe, will speak. He has done extensive test trials during the past several years to identify "Prairie Star Annuals" and "Prairie Bloom Perennials" that perform well in our Kansas climate. He will tell us What's New in Annual Flowers. The last presentation of the day begins at 3 p.m. The topic of Hardy Ferns for Kansas will be presented by Duane Peterson from Wichita. Peterson has been growing ferns for 30 years and will review growing requirements for many species and clutivars.

There will be no charge to attend any of the Gathering for Gardeners programs although registration at the door is requested. Door prize drawings will be held throughout the day. The program is designed so individuals may attend any or all of the topics.

For more information contact Betty Taylor, Hutchinson Horticulture Club education committee chairperson at 620-665-7378.

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