News release prepared by: Tim Lindemuth, 785-532-5061, tlindemuth@k-state.com

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

Time to get growing: Tuesday talks in the gardens return for the spring

MANHATTAN -- Take your lunch break in the Kansas State University Gardens this spring and learn something new. Tuesday Talks in the Gardens are from February to May and are scheduled on Tuesdays, from 12:15-12:45 p.m., in the Quinlan Visitor Center on Denison Avenue.

Persons attending these free events may bring their lunch with them, said Judy Unruh, coordinator of the Tuesday Talks for the Friends of the Kansas State University Gardens. A reservation is required by the Monday prior to the talk because space is limited. Send an email reservation to gfriends@k-state.edu.

She said reservations will be confirmed by email reply along with any printed materials pertinent to the topic of discussion.

The spring 2012 schedule of Tuesday Talks in the Gardens:

* "Beekeeping," Feb. 14, to bein the K-State Insect Zoo at the gardens. Presenters Richard Marteney, beekeeper, and Kiffnie Holt, Insect Zoo coordinator, will discuss how to help protect honeybees in your garden. Additional information will be available for those who want to set up a hive on their property.

* "Your Back When You're Back in the Garden," Feb. 28. Presenter Scott Johnson, owner Maximum Performance fitness center in Manhattan, will demonstrate proper techniques for keeping your body healthy and functioning during the gardening season and beyond.

* "Community Gardening in Manhattan -- A Whole New Ballgame," March 6. Presenter Chuck Marr, K-State professor emeritus of horticulture, says 2012 will bring a whole new appearance to one of the oldest community gardens in the Midwest with expansion to a fresh site teaming with possibilities. Hear about opportunities to garden in this exciting, new community gardens. Bring specific, early season gardening questions for discussion.

* "Stop and Smell the Roses," May 22. Presenter Jim Roush, a master gardener and professor of clinical sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, will take guests for a stroll through the historic K-State rose garden as he talks about the classes of roses in the garden, their historical background and choices beyond hybrid teas and floribundas.