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10/20/2012 - Volunteer Event Fall Planting on Chadron State Campus

Chadron State College Arboretum Volunteers’ fall planting project date has changed to October 20, to take advantage of (hopefully) cooler temperatures.   This annual event was originally scheduled for September 15, but is postponed due to extended historically hot temperatures. 
“Soil temperatures are still far too high to put spring-flowering bulbs like daffodils and hyacinths in the ground”, explained Lucinda Mays, Chadron State College Horticulturist. “At high temperatures like the 79 degrees we have now, newly planted bulbs will leaf out prematurely. Ideally, soil temperatures should be about 60 to 65 degrees with nighttime temperatures of about 45. ”
This event is designed to help people learn how to fall-plant trees, shrubs and perennials, including bulbs. The group will also have a chance to do some plant labeling in one of the campus gardens to help inform campus visitors that are interested in learning more about the plants of the high plains. Mays provides volunteers with a brief classroom session followed by a planting demonstration and hands-on work session in the campus gardens. Lessons learned during the work day will translate to the home landscape. “We learn a little, improve the campus landscape, and just generally have a pretty good time together, “states Mays.
Volunteers are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center on campus and work until noon.    “We encourage volunteers of all ages at all of our events. All are welcome for all or part of the day, and we commit to end promptly at noon,” says Mays.
Volunteers are asked to bring what they have of: hand trowels, rakes, and garden spades. People are reminded to dress for the weather and wear gloves, hat and bring your own drinking water. Snacks will be provided.    For more information contact Lucinda Mays (308-430-4186) or Jane Darnell (308-430-2204