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Published July 21, 2013, 08:24 PM

Garden tour brings out young enthusiasts

Garden lovers in the Grand Cities got a special treat this weekend during the 29th annual Grand Forks Garden Tour. It's a hobby more and more younger generations are picking up, experts say.

Garden lovers in the Grand Cities got a special treat this weekend during the 29th annual Grand Forks Garden Tour.

It's a hobby more and more younger generations are picking up, experts say.

Jadyn Salwey and her mom Teri are no strangers to gardening.

Jadyn Salwey- Gardener: "Gardening has pretty much been a part of my life ever since I was born."

Jadyn shares what she's learned in those eight years. From her favorite flower,

Jadyn: "Hibiscus."

To all the work it takes.

Jadyn: "You have to take out the weeds. Make sure it's in the right amount of sun and shade. And you have to make sure it gets enough water."

She plans to pass all that knowledge on to baby sister Josy.

Jadyn: "She is not going to be aloud to not like gardening."

Debra Hopkins, one of the garden tour organizers, says there's plenty for kids to like about the hobby.

Debra Hopkins- Garden Tour Organizer: "The children especially get excited about the vegetables and the fruits and the other things growing when they can plant it, watch it grow and go out there and actually pick it."

Teri Salwey- Jadyn's Mom: "She loves it."

So do Cathy Coulter and her husband Rick, who say getting their yard to look like this is a team effort- which seems to be paying off. Their garden is on the tour this year.

Cathy Coulter- Gardener: "I was hesistant at first to say yes, I thought well we do put the work into it and we love it so maybe other people will."

Cathy says what's kept her garden growing is using Preen each spring to get rid of the weeds, and cocoa been shell mulch, which smells like a candy bar.

Cathy: "You don't have to dig up your dirt because it always has a nice look."

It's more than just a nice look, it's a nice feeling.

Debra: "It's just a sense of well being. just to be out in nature and to be doing something so relaxing."

The Grand Forks Horticultural Society sponsors the tour. They use funds raised to support gardening programs, including teaching area school children about gardening.

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