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Downtown Market hopes to grow with garden symposium

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff

The Downtown Market is sponsoring its first garden symposium this Saturday at the Springs Theater in Glenwood Springs.The Spring has Sprung Garden Symposium features guest speakers Dan Johnson, Nicola Ripley, Victoria Rule and Jerome Sentowski. They will discuss water-wise gardening, alpine gardening, growing irises in the Rocky Mountains and growing fruit trees.”This is part of the fundraising strategy for the market,” said Jan Harr, with the Downtown Market.Harr said the Downtown Market is completely funded with independent donations and company sponsorships.”But the idea of the Market is to benefit the downtown,” Harr said. “And we don’t want to have to solicit from businesses.”Colorado Rocky Mountain School previously sponsored garden symposiums in the area, Harr said. When they stopped, the Market decided to host one of its own.”We’re hoping to do two-to-three of these symposiums a year,” said Cindy Svatos, also with the Downtown Market. “We want to make people aware of the Market when it’s not in season, when it’s not going on.”Svatos said future symposiums could feature information on cooking or could even offer wine pairings.Saturday’s Garden Symposium takes place at the Springs Theater on Grand Avenue, starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 1 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased at the door or reserved by e-mailing Svatos at”We planned it intentionally so that it wouldn’t take up your whole Saturday,” Svatos said.Refreshments will be provided. Rifle Garden Center is offering a variety of plants for sale, and the Book Train is selling gardening books at the symposium.For more information call Harr at 618-7842 or Svatos at 618-3650.Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 945-8515, ext. 529ahmiller@postindependent.comBreakout: Love the Earth• What: Spring Has Sprung Garden Symposium• Where: Springs Theater, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs• When: 8 a.m. Saturday • Why: To benefit the Downtown Market• How much: $35/person; can be purchased at the door or reserved by e-mailing Cindy Svatos at cindy@glenwoodmarket.comSchedule• 8 a.m. Check-in and registration • 8:20 a.m.: Welcome and introductions • 8:30 a.m.: Dan Johnson, “Water-wise Gardening” • 9:45 a.m.: Nicola Ripley, “Alpine Gardening” • 11 a.m.: Victoria Rule, “Irises for the Rocky Mountain Climate”• 12:15 p.m.: Jerome Sentowski, “Heritage Fruit Trees”

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