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Mariners, Master Gardeners Make Spring Magic

SEATTLE, Wash. — There are two symbols of the eternal hope of spring: Fresh flowers and the start of baseball. Both will greet Seattle Mariners fans as they arrive at Safeco Field for the team’s home opener next Tuesday, thanks to a partnership between the Mariners and the Washington State University King County Master Gardeners.

Master Gardener volunteers recently planted 1,000 pansies in the 25 concrete planters outside Safeco Field. In mid-May the volunteers will plant summer flowers and add 30 planted hanging baskets to the floral decor outside Safeco. Every day during the season, Master Gardener volunteers will water, fertilize and maintain the plantings. In return, the Mariners will help promote the Master Gardener program throughout the season.

Mariners fans will also have the opportunity to have their plant and garden questions answered by Master Gardener volunteers at a number of home games this season. The volunteers will staff a booth and conduct plant clinics on the main concourse at Safeco during one game each month, or six games total. The clinics will be available two hours before game time, and for one hour into each game. The first clinic will be held at the game on Thursday, April 8.

For more information and to learn which games will host the Master Gardener booth contact WSU King County Master Gardener coordinator Elaine Anderson at 206/205-3122 or elaine.anderson@metrokc.gov.

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