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Horticultural seminar aimed at students

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Spring has arrived (at least according to the calendar) and with it comes flowers.

As such, the Fort Frances Horticultural Society is holding a free seminar at the old CN station here Monday from 4-6 p.m. for students in Grades 4-6 to learn the basics of growing flowers from seed.

The society is aiming to use flower power to help beautify the community as part of the town’s centennial celebrations this year.

“What we’re thinking of is trying to tie into the centennial celebrations by getting kids to help their parents with the beautification of the home yards,” said society member Vivian Callaghan, who is co-ordinating Monday’s seminar.

Youths will be taught how to start a flower garden, plant flower seeds, and care for the plants. They even will discuss how to plan a flower garden, taking into account colour, size, and location for their flowers in relation to sunshine and water needs.

“It’s an opportunity for them to get a start at gardening,” Callaghan said. “They can see that they can plant a little seed [and] have it grow into a little flower.”

All participants will receive a covered planting pack, soil-less planting medium, and a choice of which annual flower seeds they will plant like daisies, marigolds, alyssum, and sunflowers.

“It’s a way to introduce them to horticulture,” Callaghan said. “It’s a hobby they can do for the rest of their lives.

The seminar is open to the first 30 registrants, with the deadline to sign up being Monday at noon.

Those interested must register by calling Callaghan at Tichborne’s (274-3221) or dropping off an application form (available at the Fort Frances Public Library) in the outside mailbox.

Applications should include the student’s name, school, grade, telephone number, and the signature of a parent or guardian giving permission for the child to participate.

Parents are welcome to come and watch or assist, and are asked to indicate this on the application.

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