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Coffee Break highlights downtown gardening
April 01, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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For the second year, the City of Scottsbluff has been hosting a series of educational lunch break programs on gardening related topics, a program that shows attendees how gardening can work, even in the downtown “urban” area.

Called the Garden Coffee Break, the program starts at a local restaurant for lunch. Then the group walks to a local downtown garden area to see how those gardening practices actually work. Walking shoes are recommended for those attending. Programs run from 11 a.m. to noon.

“We talk about landscaping, low impact design, efficient water use and a lot of other areas,” said Leann Sato, storm water program specialist for the City of Scottsbluff. “We wanted to come up with a way to get people more information on gardening and we thought it would be fun to have a program downtown over the lunch hour. We also want to make our downtown gardens a part of that education program.”

The next program is coming up April 15 at Cappuccino and Company, 1703 Broadway in Scottsbluff. Call to pre-order lunch. Amy Seiler of the Nebraska Forest Service will speak about Arbor Day and the group will then visit the city garden at 17th Street and Avenue A.

On May 20, Sally Eittreim of Prairie Designs and Landscapes will speak at The Emporium on plants for all seasons. Alternatively, Jim Schild of the UNL Extension office will speak on low-water landscapes.

The June 3 lunch is at Godfather’s Pizza as Bob Hendrickson of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum talks about the “Great Plants Showcase.”

Upcoming topics include beneficial insect environments, presented by Jeff Bradshaw of the UNL Extension office on July 29.

On Aug. 19, Leann Sato will talk about phytoremediation, the treatment of environmental problems and contaminated soils by using plants.

Al and Lois Herbel will talk about energy efficient landscaping on Sept. 16 and Gary Stone of the UNL Extension office will conclude the season on Oct. 21 with “Gardening through the Lens.”

For more information on any topic of interest, call Sato at 308-630-8011.
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