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The Grapevine (June 1)

Discounted rain barrels for sale

RiverCity WRAPS is once again ordering rain barrels in bulk to give Wichitans the opportunity to buy them at a discounted price. A 50-gallon Ivy rain barrel can be purchased for $60 (retails for $119) and will be available for pickup between 8 a.m. and noon June 8 at Beechcraft’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at 10059 E. Central. Compost bins also will be available for $60. You can order online at rivercitywraps.org. Some rain barrels also will be available for purchase during the collection event, on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It’s very timely to offer rain barrels,” said Becky Lewis, environmental compliance administrator for the city of Wichita. She said that WRAPS, an advocate for water quality that is sponsored by the city, sold 100 rain barrels last year.

Garden tour in McPherson

The McPherson master gardeners and their friends will have their annual June Bloom Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 in McPherson. Four home gardens, a demonstration garden and a school courtyard will be on the tour. Tickets are $5, available at all the gardens, along with maps. The McPherson trolley will be available for free rides from the demo garden to the five others. On the tour are Ron and Val Mork, 1407 N. Grimes; Bill and Barb Tieyah, 615 S. Maple; Wendy Paul, 1026 S. Old Highway 81; Mike and Kelli Dossett, 610 S. Walnut; the Master Gardeners & Friends Demonstration Garden, 600 W. Woodside; and the Washington Elementary School courtyard, 128 N. Park.

New this year will be a Great Garden Matchmaker scavenger hunt offering prizes for people who match photos to the gardens.

For more information, call the Extension office at 620-241-1523.

In bloom at Botanica

Botanica’s roses are among those blooming beautifully all over town, including this Granada hybrid tea, in the Brosius Rose Garden.

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