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Greenhouse opens doors to the public

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Tours were a popular attraction at the Shand Greenhouse's open house on April 6.

Tours, informative exhibits and guest speakers were all part of the Shand Green House's open house on April 6.

Manager Bruce Hesselink said the open house is a chance for the public to see what is grown at the greenhouse, and learn more about where the plants come from.

“They get a chance to speak to some of our people that work through the company about the programs that we run,” said Hesselink.

About a dozen different species of tree seedlings are currently growing at the greenhouse, Hesselink said. They'll be distributed across the province next year.

“There are three bays, and they're all divided into different growing areas,” said Hesselink. “So there are two crops a year, and typically 500,000 seeds total.”

Several different booths were set up. They provided information on demand side management customer programs, environmental management and environmental assessment.

Two guest speakers were also part of the event: John Jeza and Frank Banwell. Jeza, who is with customer programs, shared energy conservation ideas and tips on how people can save electricity.

Banwell, who is a forester with SaskPower, discussed considerations that people should have when planting a tree. He also discussed conflicts with power lines that can occur as trees grow.

“When trees grow up, they can grow into the power lines and cause all kinds of trouble,” said Hesselink.

People who attended the event could also take a tree seedling home with them to plant in their yard.

 


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