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February 14, 2013
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ORCHIDS: Learn about this moody plant Feb. 20

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -Calling all garden enthusiasts! The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, in conjunction with the City of Grand Junction's Parks and Recreation Department, is putting on its monthly Garden Talk class Wednesday, Feb. 20. This month's topic is "Orchids 101" with Debra Foster, an instructor with High Desert Orchid Society."Instructors are experts in their field," City of GJ Parks and Rec Coordinator Lorie Gregor said. "(They) create a great resource base for gardening support. We definitely have challenging soil in this community. When we have a lot of experts that can help us in our process of gardening, we can have success instead of frustrating failure."The Wednesday class will be taught from noon to 1 p.m. at the botanical gardens at 655 Struthers Ave. Admission is $5 and pre-registration is suggested.Gregor noted that orchids are a great topic to cover in a Garden Talk class because it's a temperamental plant."Not everyone can grow them because they're unusual," she added. "It's a topic that people would gravitate to and benefit from."Other future class topics to be covered include backyard beekeeping, landscaping with lavender and aquaponics to name a few. In the past, classes on cactus, herbs, soil prep and composting have also been held."It's a great program," Gregor said.Garden Talk classes generally occur every third Wednesday of the month, but not May through September when folks like to get outside in their own gardens.The City's Parks and Recreation Department manages registration of all Garden Talk classes. Call 970-254-3866 to register.

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