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I think most of us would agree that this winter has been breathtakingly beautiful. The blue skies and fresh snow have enabled many to get outside and appreciate nature by snowshoeing, skiing and sledding. However, winter has also brought ice dams, roof raking, shoveling, and slip-sliding to work and school. Many of us are getting a bit weary of the big piles of white stuff. Groton Garden Club would like to offer two solutions if you have the winter doldrums. First, we are sponsoring a free lecture on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 2-4 p.m. at Groton Country Club. Funding for the lecture is from the Commissioners Trust Funds. The subject will be “Growing Fruits in the Home Garden.” The presenter is Benjamin Crouch — (you can check him out at www.landofplentygardens.com). Please join us and hear about planting and caring for berries and even a peach or apple tree or two. We will have fruit-themed refreshments….bring your kids! The second suggestion is to take advantage of the two free passes to Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston. The Garden Club provides these passes as a gift to the community, and they are available at the library. Tower Hill has a new greenhouse called the Limonaia. You can walk through this greenhouse and see the beautiful citrus trees and also the blooming camellias… a sight for sore eyes. The Orangerie is another greenhouse which is filled with blooming plants from all over the world. Yum. I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and get a jump-start on spring.

PENNY HOMMEYER, Groton