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Flora Fest 2024

Host Louie Saenz welcomes Dr. Kevin Floyd of the Chihuahuan Desert Garden Gardens of the UTEP Campus to discuss this year's upcoming Flora Fest and what plants will be available.

FloraFest is the primary fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Many plants will be getting ready to flower, and we there will be lots of great selections to choose from. Shoppers can visit with local Master Gardeners, horticulturists, and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Mostly native and native-adapted (plants that are not native to our region but will grow well here) plants will be sold, many of which are not available at local nurseries or retailers.

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.
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