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Annual petunia planting begun at North Dakota Capitol

June 5, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Capitol is impressive with petunias.

Workers began planting about 8,000 red, white and blue petunia plants Wednesday on the state Capitol grounds.

The plantings feature a large flower bed that spells out “North Dakota” in front of the Capitol building.

Capitol Facilities Manager John Boyle says the annual petunia planting costs about $7,000 for the flowers. He says petunias have been adorning the Capitol grounds for decades, but he’s not sure exactly when the tradition began.

Scott and Melanie Werre grew the petunias at their greenhouse in Baldwin.

Melanie Werre says the petunias were first seeded in February to be ready for spring. She says it’s the 16th year the Capitol has featured petunias from her greenhouse.

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