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Burlington County Times: Get spring fever early with daffodil workshop at Medford Leas

Fall is barely underway. Does that mean it’s too soon to have spring fever? Not this year.

Autumn has its charms, with changing leaves and pumpkins as far as the eye can see. But fall foliage is fleeting, and leaves on the ground just don’t hold a candle to the bright, beautiful blooms of spring.

Get an early start on your spring garden with a “Daffodil Planting Workshop” at Medford Leas next Wednesday. The daffodil is a perfect metaphor for spring: Bright, sunny and cheerful, the flower’s time in the sun is brief. Blooming with the first warm breezes of spring, the perennial plant lies dormant for the rest of the year.

With such a short window of opportunity to appreciate the flower, it’s important to learn all the tricks and techniques needed to successfully cultivate the daffodil. Join Debbie Lux, horticulturist at Medford Leas, for a hands-on workshop that will leave you counting the days until April.

Learn the basics of the daffodil, which is part of the narcissus category of flowering plants. Then find out how to plant, care for and cultivate your daffodil garden. And like any good gardening workshop, you’ll have a chance to get your hands dirty.

Dig right in and help plant daffodil bulbs around the Medford Leas community, which includes a nature preserve and the Barton Arboretum. Be sure to stop by again in the spring to see your handiwork in full bloom.

The workshop is part of Medford Leas’ Pathway to Learning program, which brings various local speakers and experts to events open to the public as well as members of the retirement community. This year’s programming includes a “Gardening Guru” series featuring a variety of home gardening topics.

The free workshop is at 10 a.m. in the Medford Leas Campus Theater at 1 Medford Leas Way. Registration is required by Friday. Call 609-654-3588, email pathways@medfordleas.org or visit medfordleas.org/events.

Published by Melissa Hanejko, correspondent, on October 3, 2017

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