RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – Spring is officially just days away and Rapid City citizens are heading outside to soak up the sun.
The city itself is preparing for this by getting normal springtime activities up and running, like the Rapid City Greenhouse, where John Berglund, greenhouse specialist, says when “things start to turn green, we put our flowers in and we catch them to grow blossom. I think it adds to the fun of our city.”
All blooming and blooming colors are still a long way off, as he says: “In the greenhouse, we start to increase our efforts and get our seeds going.”
The city is growing about 10,000 flowers from seed and will get its hands on another 20,000 next summer, like “zinnias and marigolds.” I think there’s some Celosia growing there.” Those are simpler things to keep track of.
While there are plants that can withstand the colder temperatures, planting is still a while away. To plant, Berglud explains, “I’m looking for overnight lows in the 50s.”
He says the city is likely to see a colorful pop in the gardens in the week leading up to Memorial Day, especially if we see some moisture because he “has noticed the grass starting to turn a little green.” It’s always a nice start to the year when spring really kicks off.”
Another thing that comes with spring is golf, and Kristy Lintz, operations manager at Meadowbrook Golf Course, says, “We usually like to hit greens on green days. So on St. Patrick’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day week, we usually want to unveil our greenery.”
The preparations are complete, the tee boxes placed and pins set, “so,” says Lintz, “we’re ready for rock and roll.”
While warm weather is a good time to walk the fairway, she says some people couldn’t care less about the sun because “we have some die-hards that will play in the rain, snow and sleet.” They call it.”
Regardless, the sun peeking through the clouds is a good preview of what could be to come in spring.
“It’s wonderful to just be outside and get your vitamin D,” says Lintz.
Meadowbrook Golf Course opens Saturday with cart service.
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