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Part 2 of Development in Bloom/s/ features a conversation with Bennett Boeschenstein, who, in his former role as Community Development Director for the City of Grand Junction, was intricately involved in the planning and development of the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Bennett reflects on the poor state of the riverfront upon his arrival in the early 1980's and the critical flood mitigation and herculean clean-up efforts undertaken in the Watson Island area to accommodate the Gardens that helped ignite a fervent reclamation movement that continues to this day. Along with a cast of former players (John Schultz and Lee Lindauer) from the Gardens' 20+ year history, he'll recount the financial struggles and maintenance issues that threatened an institution whose visionary founders were undoubtedly ahead of their time. Featuring "Aquafunk," off local musician John Schultz's album Far Guitar.