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Drought dampens fairgrounds flower planting

Posted: Friday, Jun 27th, 2014

Arielle Spotswood of Corralitos helps plant begonias Thursday at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds as part of the annual flower planting day. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds will once again be in bloom this year, with rows of begonias, zinnias and other flowers adding splashes of color to the September fair.

But thanks to the ongoing drought, their numbers will be drastically reduced. While past years have seen upwards of 10,000 seedlings being planted, that number has been reduced to 7,000.

What’s more, the plants will be watered via drip irrigation, which is thought to be more efficient, said organizer Dave Schnitter.

A group of volunteers on Thursday was at the grounds, trowels in hand, placing the seedlings into soil. The planting has become an annual tradition.

Anyone who wants to be a part of the planting will have one more chance on July 17.

For the complete article see the 06-28-2014 issue.

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