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CSC Campus Arboretum Volunteers host seed swap and tool care workday

Feb 4, 2014

Chadron State College Campus Horticulturist, Lucinda Mays, explains to Campus Arboretum Volunteers the proper use of a tool to make openings for emitters in a drip line during a CAV workday in April 2013. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
Chadron State College Campus Horticulturist, Lucinda Mays, explains to Campus Arboretum Volunteers the proper use of a tool to make openings for emitters in a drip line during a CAV workday in April 2013. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)

The Chadron State College Campus Arboretum Volunteers will host the first workday of the year Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center.

“This year’s activities are centered on restoration. We’ve got years of work ahead of us recovering from Storm Atlas” explained Lucinda Mays, CSC Public Horticulturist.

The Feb. 8 event will include a mini-lesson on seeds and tool care emphasizing the role each play in the restoration of residential landscapes on the high plains. Time will also be dedicated to sharing seed catalogs, seed swapping and packaging. 

“We invite anyone interested in sharing their experience growing plants in the high plains, or those interested in learning more, to join us. Folks who have left over seeds from last year or seed catalogs are encouraged to bring some to share,” Mays said.  

Volunteers will leave with a hand-packaged packet of flower seeds from campus gardens. Families with children are always welcome.

The Campus Arboretum Volunteers host learn and work days on campus about every six to eight weeks. The 2014 calendar will include tree pruning and planting for beginners and more experienced gardeners. Since soil building is a key component to successful plantings of any kind in the high plains, spring and fall sessions will address soil issues, flower and tree planting. 

These events are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon sharp and convene at the Sandoz Center on the CSC Campus. For more information, contact Lucinda Mays at 308-430-4186 or Jane Darnell at 308-430-2204.

—CSC Information Services

Arboretum volunteers
Chadron State College Arboretum volunteers Jane Darnell, Roger Mays and Dewayne Gimeson display three of the holiday swags that the group constructed during its work day Nov. 10. In addition to adorning the campus, the volunteers donated swags to Prairie Pines Lodge, Crest View Care Center and the Chadron Public Library. (Photo by Justin Haag)
Cistern
Steve Rolfsmeier and his son, Christoph, learn from Chadron State College Campus Horticulturist Lucinda Mays about the rain catchment system in Burkhiser. The 3,500 cistern holds runoff from the roof and then, through gravity only, water will be released from it to nourish the newly planted shrubs and bunch grasses on the west-facing slope near Burkhiser.