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Gardener's almanac (March 5)

Gathering for Gardeners — Seven free garden seminars will be on tap at the 22nd annual Gathering for Gardeners on March 12 in Hutchinson. The gathering, sponsored by the Hutchinson Horticulture Club, features talks by area and state garden experts. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 407 E. 12th St., west of the Kansas Cosmosphere on 12th Street. People can come and go, attending whichever seminars they please. Here's the schedule:

* 9 a.m.: Starting Plants From Seeds, by James Taylor, retired Hutchinson Community College instructor

* 10 a.m.: What's New in Roses? by Dave Radebaugh of Greenleaf Nursery and Gary Bornholdt of Bornholdt Plantland in Hutchinson

* 11 a.m.: Moles, Gophers & Deer — Oh My! by Charlie Lee, wildlife damage control specialist with K-State Research & Extension

* 1 p.m.: Edible Landscaping, by extension agent Rebecca McMahon

* 2 p.m.: Starting a Garden From Scratch, by Alan Stevens of K-State

* 2:30 p.m.: New and Exciting Annuals for 2011, by Stevens

* 3:30 p.m.: Growing Sunflowers, a report on the Hutchinson Horticulture Club project.

Rose-pruning program — Did you know that now is the best time to transplant roses, before they break dormancy? You can get tips on that as well as learn how to prune your roses and learn what to look for when buying new roses at the meeting of the Wichita Rose Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Botanica.

Doors will open and light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dish garden demo — Patty Daniel, owner of Patty's Plants & Antiques in Winfield, will be at Botanica on Wednesday to show how to make a dish garden. Her demonstration will be a lead-up to the African violet show March 12 at Botanica (see next item).

"The dish and natural gardens I build are for entering in flower shows, a miniature landscape," Patty says, "so I will talk about what it takes to enter a container garden in a flower show, the elements of design, the proper materials, etc."

She uses blooming African violets in her container gardens and also tries to include other small blooming plants for color.

The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by Sweet Basil for $7.

African violet show — The Wichita African Violet Study Club will have a show and sale March 12 at Botanica.

Club members will be showing standard, trailing and miniature African violets, along with other gesneriads such as Chiritas, Petrocosmeas, Streptocarpus and Episcias. Patty's Plants & Antiques in Winfield will have a couple of terrariums featuring African Violets as well.

"One of our members has been growing violets for show since the early 1970s," Patty said.

"She has really nice plants."

The sale will include a lot of show plants plus starter plants of standard, mini and trailing violets, and many other gesneriads.

There will also be a number of named variety houseplant-type begonias for sale along with accessory plants for terrariums and dish gardens.

You'll be able to pick up educational materials at the show, and club members will be available to answer questions. Show and sale hours will be 1 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

African violet club meeting — The African Violet Study Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at Botanica to prepare for the African violet show and sale described above. The public is invited to the meeting.