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Fairlawn hosts series on gardening

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Fairlawn Mansion launches its 2014 Garden Talk Series 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Jeff West of Boreal Natives share the benefits of using native plants for beauty, ecological soundness, cost-savings and environmental benefits during the first session.

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Then in February, Jean Bruno knows colors have personalities and with a bit of imagination you can achieve an amazing landscape without adding live plant material. The session ends with a demonstration on how to add a sparkle of moving color to your garden. The session runs 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6. On Feb. 20, Bruno is back to talk about great gardens and curb appeal. Using a color wheel and some paint chips as tools, you will learn the secrets of how to coordinate plant material, hardscape and structures in landscape.

Charlie Danielson from Up North Fungi talks about growing gourmet mushrooms 6-8 p.m. March 6, and Nancy Johnson of Engwall’s shares how stargazer lilies add bold color, exquisite perfume and dramatic presentation to your garden landscape 6-8 p.m. March 20.

The final session features Donna Campbell, master gardener and educator, presenting the ins and outs of seed saving, including the popular but difficult wet seed saving technique for heirloom tomatoes along with the easier dry saving technique. The session runs 6-8 p.m. April 3.

All Garden Talks take place at Fairlawn Mansion. Sessions are $15 each or $40 for three talks. Call 715-394-5712 to register.

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