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09 Apr 2016 
CHEYENNE Kenneth Burke likes to see things grow.

To me, probably one of the most enjoyable smells in the world is fresh-turned earth, he said Thursday. You go out and plow a field that smells good. Its one of the most comforting smells in the world.

Burke owns Gardening With Altitude, which just opened in a new location at 1101 Logan Ave. He started his business last year on Randall Avenue and moved because he needed more space.

His business was seasonal last year. But now, he expects to operate year-round.

His plant nursery and garden center specialize in hardy trees, shrubs, perennials and native plants all of which are selected to thrive in the areas challenging environment.

His store also sells products like tools, potting soil, birdfeeders and seeds. He sells figurines for popular miniature fairy gardens too.

Burke wants people to grow plants that will live, grow and thrive in Cheyenne.

In Cheyenne, there are five things that you have to be aware of when gardening, he said. They are the areas alkaline soils, low rainfall, higher elevation, shorter growing season and wind.

Burke grew up in a family where raising vegetable and floral gardens was second nature. He came to Cheyenne around 2007.

He wants people to know that they can have gorgeous gardens and success if they take care to grow what works best here.

Lending expertise in that regard, Burke is a Master Gardener, a volunteer who is specially trained in plants and flowers by the Laramie County Cooperative Extension Office. Master Gardeners help people learn about gardening and the care of their landscapes.

Several healthy new trees are lined up outside his store, all ready for sale. His inventory includes cottonwoods, lindens, junipers, peach, apple, plum, cherry and Swedish columnar aspens. All of these will grow well in Cheyenne, he said.

Burke also is a strong supporter of the Habitat Hero program. The program encourages people to plant gardens that encourage pollinators like birds, bees and butterflies.

Michelle Bohanan also is a Master Gardener in Cheyenne who knows Burke.

I appreciate the kind of things that he is trying to bring to Cheyenne, she said. This includes the types of plants that Cheyenne gardeners would actually have success in growing

I think its nice we have a local gardener that people can go to for local advice about things that will work well in Cheyenne, she said.


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18 Feb 2016 
NATCHEZ A warm, mild February will bring Natchez a weekend of pleasant weather and interesting things to do.

The weather this weekend should be cloudy, with highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s until Monday.

Friday and Saturday have a 10-percent chance of rain, with a 10-percent chance on Sunday.

Monday is expected to bring cool winds and thunderstorms.

Friday Forum

Adams County Supervisors and officials have been invited to the Natchez Coffee Company on Franklin Street from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday to give the public an update on recent developments and government decisions in the county.

Officials from the City of Natchez are invited to the forum next Friday, Feb. 26.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be for sale at the coffee shop.

Archaeology convention

A meeting of the Louisiana Archaeology Society and the Mississippi Archaeology Association will begin 12:45 p.m. Friday at the Natchez Grand Hotel.

The convention will commemorate the construction of Fort Rosalie by the French at Natchez 300 years ago, the founding of the National Park Service 100 years ago and the establishment of the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians as a Mississippi State Park 40 years ago.

The keynote speaker will be Jim Barnett, former director of the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians.

The weekend-long event will include presentations of archaeological research, a walking tour to the Fort Rosalie site and an outing to the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Master Gardeners training class

The Adams County Master Gardeners, a local volunteer group that does landscaping and community service projects, will meet 8 a.m. Thursday in the greenhouse on Copiah-Lincoln Community College Natchez campus.

The class is offered by the Adams County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and is open to the public.

Concordia PAWS fundraiser

The Concordia PAWS fundraiser will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Concordia PAWS is a newly formed non-profit animal welfare organization serving Concordia Parish. They are raising money to begin a spay-and-neuter program in response to the number of stray dogs and cats in the area. Concordia PAWS hopes to eventually build an animal shelter.

The organization will sell seafood-free jambalaya at the Concordia Parish Courthouse parking lot. Orders of five or more can be delivered.

No pre-order is required, but orders can be placed in advance by calling 318-757-1700. Those who wish to volunteer to help with the event can call the same number.


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01 Feb 2016 
The Permian Basin Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to serve your community by sharing their horticulture knowledge through educational programs.

Each year, to maintain their coveted title, the volunteers increase their knowledge by attending additional recertification classes.

This year, all of the Permian Basin Master Gardener recertification classes are open to the public. Most of the classes are free and provide plain information that is suitable for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Texas Master Gardeners support and assistance Texas A&M AgriLife Extension by teaching at many of these events.

Their folksy and entertaining method of delivery delights audiences at all levels of gardening experience. Today, gardening still ranks high on Americas list of favorite hobbies while it offers exercise, beauty, produce and increased property value in return.

In the minds of many people, gardening may conjure images of back yard raised beds yielding countless varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. However, gardening encompasses all areas of landscape interests including lawn and tree care, basic landscape design principles, and the conservation of our natural resources.

For example, this February, the Master Gardeners will learn how to landscape their homes for both beauty and protection from wildfire. The class will be taught by retired Ector County firefighter Dale Childers and Texas A&M Forest Assistant Chief Regional Fire Coordinator Jeff Meiner. Both men have a lifetime of practical experiences to share and Childers is also a master gardener and county commissioner.

You are encouraged to attend this free class and learn about the connections between landscape plants, fire and your property.

Contact the Extension office to register for this fire wise landscape seminar being held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the George and Laura Bush hangar, 9600 Wright Drive, Midland.

Or register for a repeat of the exact same class from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 24 also at the George and Laura Bush hangar.


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