Gardener’s almanac (Feb. 23)

02/22/2013 3:15 PM

02/23/2013 7:24 AM

Snow equals rain – Wichita’s snow will equal about 1 1/2 inches of rain if it melts slowly and sinks in rather than running off, extension agent Rebecca McMahon says. Let’s hope it’s the beginning of a new trend – in moisture, not in being homebound.

Keep the birds fed – I saw a mourning dove give me the cold shoulder from a branch outside my window during the snow: The area for feeding that I’d tried to keep clear and dry apparently was not cutting it. Check your feeders for accessibility.

Garden events

Gesneriads talk – African violets are in the gesneriad family. So are streptocarpus, primulinas, petrocosmea and kohlerias. Patty Daniel of the African Violet Study Club will be at Botanica on Wednesday to talk about gesneriads other than African violets. Her lunchtime lecture will be at 12:15 p.m. and is included in Botanica admission. Syl’s will have lunch for sale for $7 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Go Green at Dyck Arboretum – Dyck Arboretum of the Plains will have an outdoor event with a St. Patrick’s Day theme on March 16 in Hesston. The third annual Go Green at Dyck Arboretum will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and feature the Leprechaun Chase, a two-mile fun run/walk/jog/skip. A registration form can be obtained at Hesston City Hall or from the website Race participants can compete in contests: the greenest costume (as in the color green), the “greenest” costume (best use of recycled materials), the most Irish costume and best group costume collaboration.

A “Pot o’ Gold” limerick search will be part of the festivities, designed to help participants learn more about the arboretum. For more information, contact Dyck Arboretum at or 620-327-8127.

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