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King offers gardening classes

By Lori O'Brien


SPRINGFIELD Since 1946, Larry King of Denver Street has been hooked on landscaping.

King said during an interview with Reminder Publications that after he built his house in 1946, his experience with landscaping for the first time became a lifelong passion.

During the next few weeks, King, a master gardener with the Cooperative Extension Service in Amherst, is sharing his tricks of the trade he has learned over the years in a free series of workshops titled "Gardening with the King," in conjunction with the Springfield City Library.

The series takes place on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Pine Point Branch Library, 204 Boston Road. Upcoming topics include "Plant Propagation" on Nov. 16, "Working with Bonsai" on Nov. 30, and "House Plant Care" on Dec. 7.

King, now retired from the former United Pattern and Dye Co. in Springfield, has had a green thumb for many years and loves sharing his expertise with others.

"After I retired and became a master gardener my life turned around," he said.

He has taught adult education at Putnam Vocational in Springfield for countless years and also worked at the 16 Acres Garden Center until recently. His wife Evelyn, an art teacher at Putnam for 44 years and still counting, said she gladly let's her husband take care of the great outdoors.

King promises a lively exchange during his workshops and also welcomes a question-and-answer period at the end of his sessions.

If you've always envied the neighbors with a green thumb, King promises that his workshops can assist anyone in becoming more savvy when it comes to gardening.

Pre-registration is required for attending any of the sessions. For more information, call (413) 263-6855.