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Colorful Seasons Garden Center staff Bryce and Sharon Brickweg - a nephew-aunt team - were busy in the greenhouses this week preparing for the planting season. Bougainvillea, dipladenia, primrose, pansies and succulents are the first plants out on the tables at the greenhouse. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

Bursting with spring splendor

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Under all that snow and ice, Mother Nature is patiently waiting to sprout green grass and nourish delicate spring flowers.

Believe it or not, spring is on the way.


In the meantime, here's a little hope. Spring has already sprung at local greenhouses.

They're buzzing with activity in preparation for Minnesota's precious growing season.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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