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Spring plant sale benefits Vail International Hockey

Enterprise staff report

Rough, tough hockey players aren’t usually assiciated with petunias and marigolds, but if anyone is considering purchasing plants for home and garden this spring, he or she may want to contact a local hockey player.

For more than 25 years, Vail International Hockey has organized trips overseas for young local hockey players and the spring plant sale is an important part of raising the necessary money.

This year, the organization is selling bedding plants, annual baskets, organic vegetables and basil, and even compost to benefit a trip to eastern Europe in December 2015.

Local hockey players, ages 12-18 will visit six countries, including Russia, Hungary, Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic, in what Eric Eves, the director of Vail International Hockey, describes as a “one-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The kids will play approximately 12 games in 15 days, but “the games are only a part of what these trips are all about,” Eves said. “The kids get to experience and learn about different cultures in a way your typical tourist can’t even imagine. After the games, the players from both teams eat and socialize together, in some cities there is even home-says arranged. It can be a life-changing experience for some of these kids and hockey is the vehicle for making it happen.”

This is the 30th year for the plant sale and orders must be completed by May 1. Delivery dates are scheduled for May 30. Eves says the plants are grown on the Front Range, but are designed to grow at high altitudes. Customers in past years have included local businesses, landscapers, second homeowners and hotels.

“I bought some (plants) last year and they were amazing,” says Dana Maurer of Edwards. “Last year we got geraniums, petunias and portulaca and they were all wonderful.”

If you would like to purchase some of these plants, please contact Eric Eves at 970-331-8617 or Julie Alt at 970-376-3270.

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