Archive for January 24, 2008

Greenhouse escape

On days like today, it’s tempting to want to hop on a plane and escape the frozen tundra of Iowa. But my kids might wonder where I’ve gone. My boss might object, too. I thought a good alternative would be checking out a new horticulture class offered in the tropical air inside the Noelridge Park greenhouse, but apparently few others felt the same. Or maybe nobody knew about them or just couldn’t make the time. Two classes – perennial bed design and culinary herbs – were canceled due to low registration. The Cedar Rapids Parks Department is going ahead with one next week, I’m told. The program, sowing seeds, will be taught by a parks employee, who will talk about starting and transplanting seedlings. It’s from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the greenhouse. The class is $10 for residents/$12 for non-residents. Call the Parks and Rec Department for more info at 286-5731. There is still room for more participants. I love the idea of classes in the greenhouse, but the weekday/morning hours don’t fit my schedule. What about you? Let’s hear from you. Would you go to classes there if offered on weekends or at night?

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