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Steamboat Home and Garden Expo is Saturday

Luke Graham

— Britni Johnson insists any person can do it.

Gardening is a pursuit built around learning and work. It's also an ongoing quest in which the learning is never limited and always present.

"Oh, it's very possible," Johnson said about gardening. "It's for anybody. A true greenhorn or someone completely new to gardening can do it. It's starting small and starting plants that do well here."

Johnson will be one of three master gardeners from the Routt County CSU Extension Office presenting at the Steamboat Living Home and Garden Expo.

The event goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

It will feature more than 40 vendors from the home and garden industry, showing products, techniques and giving lessons to for the upcoming summer season.

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Johnson, while certainly not a novice, said gardening really is for anyone. Her talk, "Gardening 101," will be about gardening basics and is set for 10:30 a.m.

She'll be followed by Kathy Hockin with "Planting Your Garden" at 11:30 a.m. and Adele Carlson with "Maximizing Your Garden Space" at 12:30 p.m.

Johnson has been working on gardens and farms for years. She recently worked on a farm in Bozeman, Montana, and has lived in Steamboat for the past five years. She also recently bought some land near Steamboat with hopes of turning it into a farm. With a plot in the community garden, Johnson knows the perils of growing at this altitude and in this climate.

But it's far from impossible, she said. Instead, it's an exploration in what's possible.

"Pulling a carrot out of the ground is much better than getting those organic, bright orange ones," she said. "I don't care if they have dirt on them, they're wonderful. I don't necessarily feel accomplished. Rather, I feel grateful."

In addition to the master gardener seminars, the indoor-outdoor event will have booths for children, free lunch for the first 400 people and a grill giveaway from Sears.

The Steamboat Fire Rescue will offer training classes on keeping homes safe as fire season approaches.

"I think the opportunity with it being outside and inside will bring more people," said Dave Ince, who owns Gecko Landscape & Design and is one of the sponsors. "There will be more exposure with it at the community center."

Downtown Yard Sale full of deals

The Downtown Merchants Yard Sale also will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Oak and Eighth streets.

Seventeen local businesses will have clearance items for sale.

Participating businesses include: Artisans' Market, Celebrations, Clark Store, Fireside Catering, Kneading Hands, Life Essentials Spa, Lightworks, Mountain Traditions, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Overland Sheepskin, Paddlewheel Coffee and Tea, Romick's Into the West, Sew Steamboat, Shirt Off My Back, Steamboat Flyfisher, Straightline and Urbane.

"The point of the thing is to clear out things they had in inventory for past seasons," said Tracy Barnett, program manager for Mainstreet Steamboat Springs. "It's stuff they didn't sell at the sidewalk sales or just making room for new lines. They're willing to clean out stuff. It's a win-win for everybody."

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