Record crowd for 24th annual gardening workshop

Maybe it was the Polar Vortex that swooped down and overstayed its welcome in January.

David Vaske of Miltona Greenhouses answers a customer's question at the "Let's Get Growing" gardening workshop Saturday at Discovery Middle School. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)

David Vaske of Miltona Greenhouses answers a customer's question at the "Let's Get Growing" gardening workshop Saturday at Discovery Middle School. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)

Mike Carlson of A Piece of Glass shows off a branch with stained glass leaves Saturday at a gardening workshop in Alexandria. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)

Mike Carlson of A Piece of Glass shows off a branch with stained glass leaves Saturday at a gardening workshop in Alexandria. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)

Connie Simons of the Blue Rooster Shoppe in Alexandria works on decorating a booth at the "Let's Get Growing" workshop at Discovery Middle School Saturday. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)

Connie Simons of the Blue Rooster Shoppe in Alexandria works on decorating a booth at the "Let's Get Growing" workshop at Discovery Middle School Saturday. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)

Maybe it was the record snowfall that spared no one in Minnesota in February. Or maybe it was simply the fact that it is now April, and people are clamoring for spring.

Whatever the reasons, the 24th annual "Let's Get Growing" gardening workshop in Alexandria Saturday morning drew a record 225 registered participants, said Diane Henry of the Master Gardeners of Douglas County. 

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