Going green: Gardeners gather for spring garden show
At the Annual Spring Garden Show at the Midtown Mall, despite parts of town that are still white, the theme was green.
April is National Garden Month and in most parts of the country, people are in planting mode. With warmer temperatures, it's all about preparing and getting ready for the growing season.
It was in Alaska, too — until this week when a series of late season snowstorms hit.
Now the question for those aiming to keep to momentum going: How will the snow affect what was already started?
"It didn't get that cold and the snow is actually helpful because we call it poor man's fertilizer," said Patrick Ryan, an education specialist with the Alaska Botanical Garden. "As snow and rain moves through the atmosphere, it picks up nitrogen, and the ground was thawed enough that we had moisture and nitrogen flowing into the ground, so that's actually a boost for gardeners."
Ryan says it's the perfect time to start getting ready for gardening, but you should wait a little longer before planting outside.
"It's not a rush to put plants outside yet, plus your garden is muddy right now. You can't plant anything outside yet," Ryan said. "It's time for indoor gardening season."
Vendors were on hand at the show selling everything from fresh veggies to orchids and dahlias to perennials. There were also marigold potting activities for kids.
Plenty of the usual attendees were also present, including the Alaska Orchid Society, the Native Plant Society, the Rock Garden Society and the Anchorage Garden Clubs.
A nice place to be on a Saturday in April, the event had a full house complete with a festive atmosphere.
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