It's almost time to get into the garden and bring color back to our world -- a favorite time for many.
And while garden sizes can differ...nothing around here matches what crews at the International Peace Garden are facing.
This year they are shooting for 100-thousand annuals...and as Perry Olson shows us, that means a lot of work.
The tedious work getting ready for planting at the International Peace Garden is wrapping up...and soon, it will be time to transplant into the ground.
"Someday they will be really pretty"
That day is coming -- with the start of June the target time to start planting...turning the grounds into another summer spilling over with spectacular color.
(Connie Lagerquist - Peace Garden Horticulturalist) "I have a lot of ddalliesthis year, geraniums in orange and red..."
And a mint chocolate cherry too...a new variety for this year. First though, you'll see marigolds and another early arriver.
(Connie Lagerquist - Peace Garden Horticulturalist) "We always like to start with a few pansies for the beginning of the season. They like it nice and cool."
The goal is to get perhaps 100-thousand annuals in the ground in 2014. And to do that...Connie needs help. She gets it...these women are busy staging the plants...one at a time.
(Connie Lagerquist - Peace Garden Horticulturalist) "They are taking them one by one and putting them in cell packs and into the trays."
And having some fun too...
(Connie Lagerquist - Peace Garden Horticulturalist) "They do much better with plants than they do with feet! They are much better."
There's a fun idea for your garden perhaps...and actually, with so much space, and so much color -- you are bound to find ideas here...
(Connie Lagerquist - Peace Garden Horticulturalist) "Some new varieties are out and I like to try some of those and I know those of you who like to do something different in your gardens every year...just come up and see us and see what type of new varieties we have and maybe they will work for you in your garden as well."
Come for ideas...or simply to take the beauty in. Perry Olson, KX News.
A big kickoff for the season is set for Mother's Day at the Peace Garden.
Free admission for everyone...and moms get to take home a free plant as well!