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Chris Olson / The Sun Maryna Chorna, left, from Ukraine, Gretchen Barnick, center, Country Gardens Floral and Greenhouse owner, and Salome Rogava, from the country of Georgia, have been working together since mid-May. Barnick worked with the Communicating for Agriculture Education Program to hire the two women to work as interns at her business through the end of September.

Foreign interns work at Country Gardens; Chorna, Rogava learn about flowers, trees and other plants that may not grow in their native countries

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Maryna Chorna is from Ukraine, while Salome Rogava is from Georgia.

“The country, not the state,” Rogava said.

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