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                                        MARCH 2017                
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 EVENTS     GARDEN TOURS      GARDEN & HOME SHOWS     CLASSES / LECTURES      LOOKING AHEAD

 Events and classes are subject to change.  Please call in advance to verify information.

Check back for additions.

   
EVENTS            
  Please note:  Events are subject to change.  Please call or check event website in advance to verify information. 
   
Ongoing through March Garden Snowshoe - Winter Tree Trail
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 10 am - 3 pm; Drop into the Education Center for a self-guided winter snowshoe through the Gardens and travel down the winter tree trail.  Enjoy hot chocolate or tea in the Education Center when finished.  Snowshoes and poles are available.  Donations appreciated.  Guided tours are available on Wednesdays at 10 am for a suggested donation of $5. For information call 970-476-0103 or see website.
   
Mar. 7 Free Day
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton; Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720.865.4346
   
Mar. 11 - 12 Rocky Mountain African Violet Council Spring Show & Sale
Tagawa Garden Center in Aurora; Time: 9 am - 4 pm on Sat. and 10 am - 3 pm on Sun.; 303-690-4722
   
Mar. 11 - 12 Denver Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale
Tagawa Garden Center in Aurora; Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 303-690-4722
   
Mar. 18 - 19 Spring Begins at The Flower Bin
The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont; Time: Store hours; Drawings, food, and more. Visit www.theflowerbin.net to see details. 303.772.3454
   
Mar. 22 Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens (World Water Day)
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720-865-3501
   
Mar. 25 - 26 Colorado Cactus and Succulent Sale and Show
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Includes workshops, free potting stations, and more; 720-865-3501
   

 

GARDEN AND HOME SHOWS        
   
Mar.3 - 5 Greeley Tribune's Home and Garden Show
Location: Island Grove Regional Park, 14th Ave. and A Street in Greeley, Events Center & Exhibition Hall
Time: 12 - 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday
Tickets: Free admission and parking
Information: 970-392-4480 or www.greeleytribune.com
   
Mar.17 -19 Denver Home Show
Location: National Western Complex, 4655 Humbolt St. in Denver
Time: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sun.
Tickets: Adults - $11 (Save $2 when you buy tickets online at www.homeshowdenver.com), Seniors - $11 at box office, buy one get one free at the box office, Children 12 and under free;
Information: www.homeshowdenver.com 
   
Apr. 21 - 23 Northern Colorado Annual Spring Home and Garden Show
Location: Larimer County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall
Time:  Noon - 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Fee: Free
Information: www.mile-high-productions.com
   
June 4 Boulder Home and Garden Fair
Location: 29th Street Retail District in Boulder
Rain Date: June 11
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: Free
Information: www.homeandgardenmag.com
   
GARDEN TOURS      
  Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail
     Guided Tours: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tours last about 45  minutes. Fee: $5 per person.  For information see www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org or call 970-476-0103.
   
CLASSES/LECTURES            
Please note:  Classes are subject to change.  Please call or check class website in advance to verify information.  Check back for additions.
 
NOTES:  Denver Botanic Gardens Center for Continuing Education offers numerous classes throughout the year.  You will find something for everyone -- adults, families, and kids.  For information on classes visit www.botanicgardens.org.
               Tagawa Gardens offers many classes for both adults and children.  Because the list is so extensive they are listed here only occasionally.  Please see www.tagawagardens.com.
 
Ongoing Read and Seed
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 -  10:45 a.m. or 11 - 11:45 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays;  A drop-in program for 2 - 4 year olds; Story time plus a hands-on activity; Parents are asked to participate; Fee: $3 per child; See http://fcgov.com/horticulture  for information on weekly topics; 970-416-2486.
   
Mar. 4 "High Plains Landscape Workshop"
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Event Location: Drake Center, 802 W. Drake Rd. in Fort Collins; Time: 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Fee: $75 thru Feb. 17th, $85 after Feb. 17.; Speakers: Panayoti Kelaidis and Mike Bone from Denver Botanic Gardens and Lauren Springer Ogden; See Gardens on Spring Creek website for details and registration information.  Proceeds benefit The Gardens on Spring Creek.
   
Mar. 4 "Edible Landscaping" by Brandon Harris
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 - 11 a.m.; Learn how to grow fruit successfully; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Mar. 4 "Early Bird Gardening"
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
Classes:    
     10 - 11 am  "Summer Bulbs for Your Garden" by Todd McNulty
     1 - 2 pm  "Starting Plants from Seed" by David Burnside 
     3 - 4 pm  "Turf Maintenance Through the Year" by Daniel Chimeno
Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
     11 am - 12 pm  Van Bloem Gardens
     2 - 3 pm  Botanical Interest Seed and Lake Valley Seed
     4 - 5 pm  Ferti-lome Fertilizers
   
Mar. 4 "Cold Hardy Cacti & Succulents" by Kelly Grummons
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 4 "Introducing the Home Gardener to Edible Alternatives to Usual Plantings" by Kara Gonzalez
The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont; Time: 11 am; Visit www.theflowerbin.net to see details. 303.772.3454
   
Mar. 4 "Gardening from the Ground Up" by Michael Morris
The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont; Time: 2 pm; Visit www.theflowerbin.net to see details. 303.772.3454
   
Mar. 5 "Planting by the Moon and Stars" by Mikl Brawner
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 5 "Planning the Vegetable Garden" by Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 11 am - 12 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Mar. 5 "Pruning Trees and Shrubs" by Brian Anglin
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 2 - 3 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Mar. 7 "An Introduction to Beekeeping: Having a Backyard Hive" by Dr. Tom Cavanagh
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 6 - 8 p.m.; Fee: $18; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Mar. 11 "Get Your Grow On"
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
Classes:    
     10 - 11 am  "The Secret Life of Soil" by Rhiannon Spaw
     1 - 2 pm  "Early Spring Punch List" by Betty Cahill
     3 - 4 pm  "Starting a Lawn from Seed" by Norm Tuohy
Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
     11 am - 12 pm  Fox Farm Fertilizers and ProRich Fertilizers
     2 - 3 pm  Betty Cahill, Boulder County Master Gardener
     4 - 5 pm Arkansas Valley Seed Company
   
Mar. 11 "Xeric Design" by Arik Solberg
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Mar. 11 "Broadleaf Evergreen Shrubs for Colorado" by Kelly Grummons
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 11 "Small Space Gardening" by Kim Jackson and Ramona Mooney
The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont; Time: 11 am;  Visit www.theflowerbin.net to see details. 303.772.3454
   
Mar. 11 "The Best of the West: Hand-Picked Beautiful Native Plant Choices" by Pat Hayward
The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Rd., Longmont; Time: 2 pm; Visit www.theflowerbin.net to see details. 303.772.3454
   
Mar. 11 "Compost: Buying It, Making It, Using It" by Jean Reeder
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Mar. 11 "Growing Roses in Colorado" by Roger Heins
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Mar. 12 "Vermicomposting" by John Anderson
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 12 "Tomato Success" by Betty Cahill
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 2 p.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Mar. 12 "Composting & Soil Improvement" by Jeff Echter
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 11 am - 12 pm; 303-424-7979
   
Mar. 12 "Windowsill Herb Garden Workshop" by Whitney McMillan
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.; Fee: $40 for materials; You will plant an herb garden to take home. Registration is required - call 303-424-7979.
   
Mar. 18 "The Inside Dirt"
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
Classes:    
     10 - 11 am  "Orchids - Easier Than You Think" by Shirlee McDaniels
     1 - 2 pm  "This Herbs for You" by Donna Shelley
     3 - 4 pm  "Succulents and Air Plants" by Scott Preusser
Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
     11 am - 12 pm  Denver Orchid Society
     2 - 3 pm  Herb Society of America
     4 - 5 pm  Denver Botanic Gardens
   
Mar. 18 "Pruning 101" by Jack Fetig
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Mar. 18 "Getting Started in Vegetable Gardening" by Mimi Yanus
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 18 "Seed Starting" by Dave Burnside from Botanical Interests Seeds
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 11 am; Free; Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   
Mar. 18 "Seed Starting Made Simple" by Ted Schaaf
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Mar. 18 "Digital Photography in the Gardens" by Bob Dean
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $35 members, $40 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Mar. 19 "Successful Home Composting" by Mikl Brawner
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 19 "Classic Fairy Gardening"
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and repeated at 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; Fee: $40 per spot, includes materials; For adults and a child accompanied by an adult; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Mar. 19 "Terrarium Workshop" by Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm; Fee: $60 for materials. You will create and take home a terrarium. Registration required - call 303-424-7979.
   
Mar. 19 "Fairy Garden Workshop" by Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 2 - 3:30 pm; Fee: $100 for materials; Registration required - call 303-424-7979.
   
Mar. 25 "The Great Outdoor Garden"
 Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
 Classes:    
      10 - 11 am  "Landscaping with Natives" by Scott Skogerbee
      1 - 2 pm  "Perennials for Pollinators" by Matt Cunningham
      3 - 4 pm  "Hardy Cactus & Succulents" by Kelly Grummons
 Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
      11 am - 12 pm  Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery
      11 am - 1 pm  Beauty Beyond Belief Wildflower Seed
      2 - 3 pm  Britton Nursery
      4 - 5 pm  Brown's Nursery
   
Mar. 25 "Caring for Your Colorado Landscape for Beginners" by Brandon Barch
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Mar. 25 "Flower Gardening for Dummies" by Marcia Tatroe
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 10:30 a.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Mar. 25 "Building Topsoil and Fertility" by Mikl Brawner
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 25 "Grow Your Own Veggies" by Mary Miller
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Mar. 26 "Plant Propagation 101" by Gary Meis
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Mar. 26 "Bee Keeping for Beginners" by Steve Lechner, Busy Bee Farm
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 10 am - 2 pm; includes lunch provided by Busy Bee Farm; Bring a copy of Bee Keeping for Dummies, a note pad & pen; Registration is required - call 303-424-7979
   
  LOOKING AHEAD       
Events and classes are subject to change.  Please call in advance to verify information.
  Note: Check back for additions.
APRIL  
Apr.1 "Denver Rose Society's Educational SymROSEium"
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Featured speaker is entomologist, Carol O'Meara; Consulting rosarians will be on hand to answer questions; 720-865-3501
   
Apr.1 "Using Colorado Native Plants on Green Roofs" by Jennifer Bousselot
Douglas County Extension Office, 410 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock; Time: 9 am - 3 pm; Fee: $45; See https://conps.org/mfm-event-calendar for details or to register.
   
Apr.1 "What Are Bare Root Trees and Shrubs?" by James Horne
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 - 11 a.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Apr.1 "Western Landscape Symposium"
Pueblo Community College, Fortino Ballroom (See website for directions); Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; See website for a schedule of topics/speakers; Fee: $20, Lunch is available for $10 only by advance ticket purchase; See link on www.pueblo.colostate.edu for details.
   
Apr.1 "Designing, Building and Planting Raised Beds for Vegetables" by Dave Doyle and Mary Miller
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr.1 "Building Interlocking Concrete Paver Patios, Paths and Driveways - Traditional vs. Permeable!" by Dave Doyle
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 2 Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720-865-3501
   
Apr. 2 "Container Gardens - Anything Goes!" by Marcia Tatroe
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 2 p.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Apr. 4 Free Day
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton; Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720.865.4346
   
Apr. 5 - June 30 Exhibit: Pollinators - Keeping Company with Flowers
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 10 am - 4 pm; Fee: $5; For information see website or call 970-476-0103.
   
Apr. 8 "Bulbs: Spring and Fall" by Mike Schleining
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 - 11 a.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Apr. 8 "Orchid Care Basics" by Jon Weiss
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $25 members, $30 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 8 "Turf Doctor: What is Your Lawn Saying?" by Eric Olson
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 9 "Classic Fairy Gardening"
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and repeated at 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; Fee: $40 per spot, includes materials; For adults and a child accompanied by an adult; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Apr. 9 "Landscape Facelift" by Betty Cahill
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 2 p.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Apr.15 North American Rock Garden Society Sale and Show
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Chose from thousands of plants! 720-865-3501
   
Apr.15 Designer Days
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Fee: $45 donation that will go to Pathways Children's Healing Garden; Meet one-on-one for 45 minutes with an expert from Alpine Gardens; Reservations required; See website for details or call 970-226-4924.
   
Apr.15 "Roses in the Spring: Pruning, Planting and Feeding" by Dave Ingram, Master Rosarian
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 10 a.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Apr.15 "Worm Composting the Easy Way" by Dave Ingram
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 2 p.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Apr.15 "Habitat Hero: Wildscaping 101 + Plant Walk" by Jaime Weiss
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr.15 "Gentle Movement for Gardeners with EarthBeat Dance" by Amy Beaudet
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $12 members, $15 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 22 "Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies" by Jill White
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 - 11 a.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Apr. 22 $5 Day at The Butterfly Pavilion
Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center
, in Westminster;  Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fee: $5 for ages 2 and older; See www.butterflies.org for details.
   
Apr. 27 Colorado Water Garden Society's "Get Wet" Event
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.; Featured speaker is Tamara Kilbane; 720-865-3501
   
Apr. 28 - Sept. 24 Exhibition: Calder Monumental - Sculptures by Alexander Calder
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: Garden hours; Enjoy the artist's sculptures displayed throughout the gardens; 720-865-3501
   
Apr. 29 Spring Open House
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Special activities for everyone; www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Apr. 29 Gardener's Expo
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m.; Special offers, prizes, get info & ideas, learn about products from company sales representatives, and more; 970-226-4924
   
Apr. 29 "Not the Usual Suspects: Underused Perennials" by Sherry Fuller
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 29 "Beekeeping Through the Four Seasons: Spring" by Dr. Tom Cavanagh
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
MAY  
May 4 Evening Garden Party
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 5 - 7 p.m.; Free; Reservations required; Refreshments, specials; See website or call 970-226-4924
   
May 6 "Gardening for Insects - or Not!" by Whitney Cranshaw, CSU professor and entomologist
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
May 6 "Introduction to Urban Homesteading" by Connie Meyer
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
May 12 - 13 Spring Plant Sale
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Free admission to the plant sale and Gardens; 720-865-3544
   
May 13 - 14 Spring Plant Sale
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 - 5 p.m. on Sunday; This event supports horticulture programs at CSU, Front Range Community College, High Plains Environmental Center and The Gardens on Spring Creek; See website for details; 970-416-2486
   
May 15 "Perennial Dividing and Planting"
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 11 am - 1 pm; Free; For information see website or call 970-476-0103.
   
May 20 "Just Drip It!" by Dillon Hancock
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
May 20 "Tree Pruning Secrets Revealed!" by Dave Sexton
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $15 members, $18 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
May 20 Bloomapalooza
Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center
, in Westminster;  Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Indoor/outdoor events for the whole family; Standard admission fees; See Events page at www.butterflies.org for details.

 





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