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Fair features resources for lawns, gardens

May 10, 2012

Lawn and garden enthusiasts are invited to join Northern Water on Saturday, May 12 for the first Conservation Gardens Fair, a free daylong event that will offer resources on creating and maintaining water-smart landscapes.

Hands-on seminars

The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at Northern Water’s headquarters in Berthoud, Colo. will include seminars on do-it-yourself equipment fixes, sprinkler and drip irrigation guidelines, turf options and maintenance, the principles of Xeriscape, and irrigation scheduling.

First 200 receive free perennial

The first 200 people to attend the fair will receive a Plant Select perennial. There will also be prize drawings every hour starting at 11 a.m. Visitors can purchase a lunch with a grilled burger, snack and soda for $2.

Experts include CSU Extension

The fair will feature vendors and a resource center where visitors can talk to experts from various organizations, including CSU Extension, Plant Select, Colorado Master Gardeners, and municipal water conservation specialists. Visitors can take guided tours of Northern Water’s Conservation Gardens, where employees conduct studies and demonstrations to help people make informed decisions about managing their landscapes.

There will also be updates on new sprinklers and other technologies, food, kids’ activities, and presentations on Northern Water’s history in honor of its 75 anniversary.