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Outdoors briefs: Spokane Garden Expo begins today

SPOKANE -- More than 250 vendors offering rare and unusual plants, garden products and crafts and services will be at the annual Inland Empire Gardeners of Spokane Garden Expo on Saturday.

In addition to members of The Inland Empire Gardeners and other garden clubs, volunteers from the Washington State University Master Gardeners, the Inland Empire Dahlia Society, the Spokane Lilac Society, the Spokane Rose Society, the Town & Country Iris Society and the Inland Northwest Garden Railroad Society will all have booths.

They will be able to answer a wide variety of gardening questions.

The Expo runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spokane Community College's Lair Student Union Building, 1810 N. Greene St., Spokane.

Admission is free.

For more information on The Inland Empire Gardeners club or the Expo, go to http:// tieg.org.

Cement planter workshop set for May 15

KENNEWICK -- Learn how to make hyper-tufa planters in two hands-on classes May 15.

Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners will teach how to make the lightweight planters using a mixture of Portland cement, perlite and peat.

Bring gloves, painters' masks and eye protection.

The first class will be at 10 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.

Both will be held in the Demonstration Garden at 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.

Call 509-735-3551 to register. Cost is $15.

Beaver Bark offering series of pond seminars

RICHLAND -- Beaver Bark and Rock is holding a series of free seminars in May and June.

The seminars are:

* 10 a.m. May 15 -- Popular pond plants and the easy steps to care for them. Learn to select the right ones and create your own pond design.

* 11 a.m. May 23 -- Pond Fish 101 teaches the rules of successful fish keeping.

* 10 a.m. June 5 -- Pond Design, learn the pros and cons of the many different pond options.

* 10 a.m. June 19 -- Pond Construction, learn the five-part recipe for constructing a pond.

For more information, call Beaver Bark at 946-1000. The nursery is at 607 Aaron Drive, Richland.

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