How does your garden grow? Local experts can help

rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.comApril 24, 2013 

Spring’s here — finally — and things are growing.

If you feel you need a little help with your garden, plenty of experts are around to advise you at free local events such as gardening clinics, pruning parties, and workshops on edible gardening. Here are some of the opportunities:

 • The master gardeners at the Washington State University Extension hold drop-in gardening clinics at their demonstration garden and office. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WSU Pierce County Extension Office, 3602 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Free. 253-798-7170, county.wsu.edu/pierce.

 • Join a pruning party at the Curran Apple Orchard and lop two branches with one saw, so to speak: You’ll help the 7.3-acre, 60-year-old orchard and the folks who take care of it, plus you’ll learn good techniques to use on your own fruit trees. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Curran Apple Orchard Park, 3920 Grandview Drive W., University Place. Free. 253-565-8466, curranapple orchard.com.

 • Want to eat your garden? Find out how at the Edible Gardening and Trees workshop at Wapato Lake Park. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Wapato Lake Park Community Pavilion, 6802 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma. 253-324-6210, cityoftacoma.org/ wapatolake.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@ thenewstribune.com Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/arts

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