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Home and garden briefs: Native Plant Society meeting Wednesday

RICHLAND -- The Columbia Basin Chapter of the Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Washington State University Library and Consolidated Information Center, Room 210.

Featured speaker will be Priya Shahani, Eastside Natural Areas Ecologist with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Her topic is "Pollination biology, pollinator conservation, and the rare obscure buttercup."

For more information go to www.wnps.org/cbasin/index.html.

Prepare pots for plants

Old clay pots should be cleaned and sterilized to prepare for spring container planting.

Last year's soil should be dumped on the compost pile or garden bed and the pots scrubbed with a mild bleach solution.

Rinse them with a hose, let them dry and store them out of the elements to avoid frost damage.

Cracked pots can be broken up to provide drainage at the base of containers.

Cutbacks in Olympia dig into flowerbeds

OLYMPIA -- At the Washington state Capitol Campus in Olympia, where lawmakers wrestle with a a nearly $9 billion state budget deficit, flowers have taken a hit too.

To save money, the state planted 11,375 fewer bulb flowers, including 3,800 fewer in the most prominent beds.

The Department of General Administration says planting two-thirds as many bulbs this year compared with last saved about $4,900.