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Cold catches even the best gardeners in Colorado Springs

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A decades-old tradition signaling the start of spring and the growing season in Colorado Springs got a very cold start this year.

"We've gotten weather in the past, but that was the worst in the last 25 years of our memory of working the sale," said Diane Brunjes, Garden Manager for the Horticultural Arts Society. It was so cold overnight that it threatened the plants going up for sale at the Horticultural Arts Society's annual weekend fundraiser.

Garden disasters caused by this week's cold snap may have some questioning their green thumb abilities. Several experts volunteering at the sale stepped as good sports to say the cold caught them too.

"I'm a 30-year experienced gardener, I was a ten year Master Gardener, I've been doing this for four years. I lost plants at my house," Brunjes said.

But these experts also had far more plants survive than they lost. During the sale they offer advice and options on how to make that happen locally, no matter someone’s gardening skills. This sale offers a lot of plants native to Colorado, as well as plants from other regions of the world with similar growing and weather conditions.

The plant sale will go throughout the weekend at the demonstration garden in Monument Valley Park to the west of Colorado College.

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