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Museum to Host Gardening Workshop for Families

5/4/2018 12:05:30 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Western Heritage Horticultural Society are pleased to announce a workshop designed to teach Lea County families how to create their own vegetable garden using methods employed at the Museum’s raised bed gardens.  The workshop, scheduled for May 12, 2018 from 10 a.m. – noon, will feature methods of raised bed gardening, plant and soil care, and the proper selection of plants for Lea County.

“We are pleased to offer a workshop to help teach families how to garden in Lea County,” said Mary Lyle, Education Director at the museum.  “We think it will be both fun and educational.”

David Hooten, Grounds Supervisor at New Mexico Junior College and the President of the Western Heritage Horticulture Society, will lead the workshop.  “We will be talking about what families can do to grow their own vegetables even in the smallest of spaces.”  Hooten said. The workshop will feature actual vegetable plantings, and participants will be encouraged to participate in the planting of a garden space.  Other topics will include plant and soil care and proper selection of plants that will grow well in Lea County.

Cost for the workshop will be $10 per family.  “We’re only charging a nominal fee for the workshop to help cover the cost of our materials” said Hooten.  At the conclusion of the workshop, Hooten and other gardening professionals will be on hand to answer specific questions from participants.  Each family will receive a pepper plant and a tomato plant ($8 value) to take home to start their own garden.

For more information, contact the museum at (575) 492-2678 or contact Mary Lyle at or 575-492-2679.

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