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Yakima's arboretum springs into cleaning and "pullin' the greens"

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Spring cleaning came early for the Yakima Area Arboretum on Saturday as 50 to 60 volunteers started "Pullin' the Greens" and preparing for spring and summer.

Master gardeners and other volunteers worked to cover the more than 40 acres that needed prep for the growing season. They also pruned and trimmed trees and plants.

Colleen Adams-Schuppe is the co-executive director for the Arboretum. She says keeping up the place is an important job that benefits all of Yakima.

"The great thing about the arboretum is that it's one of those organizations in town that helps to improve quality of life," said Adams-Schuppe.

Next month the site will host Arbor Fest in April. The family event will be an educational experience that covers the "circle of life" and celebrate conservation and natural science.

The arboretum is open seven days a week and has expanded the number of classes offered throughout the year by almost double.

Volunteers are always needed and anyone can help out, for more information call (509) 248-7337.

"It makes living in Yakima a better place," said Adams-Schuppe. "So hope people remember that and come out."

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