FLAVORS OF THE GARDEN: VALENTINE'S DAY TOUR AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE'S WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

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February 1, 2009 (El Cajon) -- Savor a flavorful tour of the Water Conservation Garden on Saturday, February 15th at 11:30 a.m. Tour includes samples of sweet and savory flavors from the botanical world including fruits, vegetables, and herbs--and then there is chocolate!

Register by Sunday Feb. 1st. The two-hour tour costs $20 for members, $30 for non-members, and is open to ages 12 and up. Register in the gift shop, or visit www.thegarden.org. The Water Conservation Garden is located on the campus of Cuyamaca College, 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West in El Cajon. For more information, call (619)660-0614 ext. 10.

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