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Bicycle tour of five Columbia gardens planned for June 30

Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 7:52 p.m. CDT; updated 3:57 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 22, 2012

COLUMBIA — A June 30 tour of five Columbia community gardens is intended to combine bicycling and gardening.

"Garden Cruise," an event hosted by the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Community Garden Coalition, will allow participants to ride their own bicycles around gardens.

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"We are also promoting that Columbia is a bike-friendly community," said Emily Downing, one of the creative minds behind the first Garden Cruise. 

The event aims to provide information about starting and maintaining a garden and to get people interested in growing their own food.

The tour will start at 9 a.m. at Circus Lyon Garden, 603 Lyon St. and continue on to four other gardens, ending at the Center for Urban Agriculture's Urban Farm at about noon.

Each stop will feature a tour of the garden with an expert informing participants about starting a garden plot and offering tips about cultivating food. The stops will also give participants a chance to swap stories and advice with other growers.

Garden Cruise is free with no need for registration. Walkers are also welcome. 

For more information, go to the Community Garden Coalition website.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.


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