Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, firstname.lastname@example.org
FARMINGTON – Gardeners in the Four Corners area will have an opportunity to learn tips to help them raise their favorite plants at the Northwest New Mexico Spring Gardening Celebrations, Friday and Saturday, May 2-3, at the San Juan College Outdoor Learning Center.
The family-friendly free event is a collaboration of the New Mexico State University San Juan County Extension Master Gardeners and the San Juan College Horticulture Club and Horticulture instructional program.
The event is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension Service, which was created by the signing of the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 1914.
“Every symposium we do seems to focus on agricultural producers and there hasn’t been anything geared toward the community and families,” said Bonnie Hopkins, San Juan County Extension agricultural agent. “So Kevin Lombard, NMSU’s professor teaching horticulture at San Juan College, and I decided we need to do something fun and outdoors to kick off summer and gardening.”
The event will begin Friday evening with a book signing by the authors of “Flora of the Four Corners Region.” It will be at 7 p.m. in the campus Sun Rooms, adjacent to the college cafeteria.
“Kenneth Heil spent 20 years trekking on foot every square foot of the Four Corners Region documenting the plant species,” Hopkins said. “This book is an encyclopedia of plants in this region.”
Joining Heil at the book signing will be co-authors Steve O’Kane Jr., Linda Reeves and Arnold Clifford.
On Saturday, May 3, activities will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including planting and gardening demonstrations, local vendors, food vendors, music and activities for kids.
“There will be 30 different booths that will present 15-minute gardening lessons taught by Master Gardeners and SJC horticulture club members,” Lombard said. “There is a wide range of topics that will help gardeners, including how to transplant starter plants, composting and planting a pollinator garden to attract beneficial insects.”
There will also be a plant sale hosted by the San Juan College Horticulture Club. Plants for sale will include vegetables, native plants and tropical indoor plants. Proceeds from the sale will support the club’s activities.
The outdoor learning center is located on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd., Farmington.
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