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      Lilacs, willows and hydrangeas, oh my

      Get your garden started early at Owens spring plant sale.

      Gardening enthusiasts anxious to stretch out their green thumbs are encouraged to attend Owens Community College's spring plant sale on Wednesday.

      The second annual sale, directed by the Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club, lasts 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the greenhouse, which is near the Owens Math/Science Center.

      The sale features a wide selection of shrubs and rare, unusual trees, as well as annuals and other items.

      "The annual spring plant sale also provides our students with the unique opportunity to showcase their talents to the general public and the campus community in the form of a wide range of hanging baskets and planters filled with beautiful blooming plants," said Chris Foley, Owens associate professor of science. "The containers were all grown by the students within the College's greenhouse.??

      A majority of the shrubs will cost $15-20, while varieties of trees will cost between $15-30. All proceeds from the plant sale will help in supporting the organization??s participation in the annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, which is a national horticultural and landscape competition involving over 50 colleges and universities across the country.

      A complete listing of the available plants with their prices is available online at www.owens.edu/direct/plantsale.pdf.