On what felt like one of the first official days of spring, a few dozen gathered at Tagawa Gardens to take down some tips on raising plants effectively. The audience on March 28 asked questions and …
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On what felt like one of the first official days of spring, a few dozen gathered at Tagawa Gardens to take down some tips on raising plants effectively.
The audience on March 28 asked questions and followed along, including during a “pest or friend?” activity, in which Linda Larsen, a garden adviser at Tagawa, showed images of different insects to talk about whether they pose a threat.
Asked afterward what her favorite part of teaching is, Larsen said: “Causing success — hopefully,” with a smile.
Larsen lives in the Parker area, grew up in a gardening family and has been gardening “forever,” she said. She offered more advice for beginners.
“Contact those who know — attend classes, go where there’s experience,” Larsen said. “Stay local because we can’t do the things other (regions) can do” with gardening.”
Charlotte and Terry Quarton, 71 and 73, were among the crowd.
“We had a lot of great knowledge,” Charlotte Quarton said.
The married pair live in Centennial and have a garden in their back yard.
“We’ve had rabbits and Japanese beetles this year,” she said, referencing a topic Larsen covered. “We just wanted a refresher course.”
Tagawa Gardens sits at 7711 S. Parker Road in Centennial. The event was put on as part of the Centennial Active Seniors events program by the Centennial Senior Commission, which advises the Centennial City Council on matters affecting seniors. For more information on the Active Seniors program, visit www.centennialco.gov/resident-services/active-seniors-program.aspx, or call 303-754-3316.
For more information on Tagawa Gardens, which puts on workshops and other presentations with gardening tips, go to tagawagardens.com or call 303-690-4722.
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