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Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

 

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.

Subsequent weeks focus on the elements, water needs, fertilizers and organic gardening.

Please bring a glass jar of soil to class. (Must be see through glass jar to study layers of your own backyard native soil)

 

 

$80 member, $90 non-member.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Best Fall Planted Bulbs for Perennializing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

Want more than one year of spring bloom from your fall-planted bulbs? Come learn about the best bulbs and varieties for year after year of bloom in our area. Whether for perennial beds or naturalized landscapes, you will learn planting and cultural tips for maintaining long life. Discussion includes how best to use bulbs and design considerations with other plants and elements in the landscape.

 

Sign up now to discover the best cultivars of tulips and other bulbs that perennialize on the Front Range before purchasing bulbs to plant this fall. Taught by Carl Wilson, Denver horticulturist, speaker and retired CSU Extension Agent.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson

Bluegrass and Other Lawn Grasses

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Is the Kentucky bluegrass lawn politically correct? Should Colorado gardeners eliminate lawns altogether?

Even the most diehard xeriscape proponents among us still enjoy a patch of grass here and there in the landscape. But, how should we grow that grass without a hefty water bill and running a lot of water down the drain? What about alternative, low-maintenance turfgrasses?

In this class you will learn some of the more appropriate places to plant a bluegrass lawn and some of the advantages and disadvantages of alternative lawn grasses as well as good cultural practices for maintaining a healthy lawn on the Front Range.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member.

 

Instructor name: Thaddeus Gourd, Ph.D.

 

 

Botany for Gardeners

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class provides an overview of basic plant biology, including structure, development, transpiration, photosynthesis and plant chemistry.

Students will gain essential knowledge for acquiring high-level pruning skills, for designing gardens based on specific plant requirements of the Rocky Mountain region, and for understanding interactions between plants and their microenvironments.

Required Text- Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, found online or in most book stores.

 

$213 member, $255 non-member.

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

Colorado Ecosystems

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Study the native ecosystems of Colorado that range from plains grasslands to the alpine tundra, mountain meadows to sub-alpine forests. Learn to gauge your elevation and location by looking at the plant communities around you and explore the complex relationships between the plants and wildlife of Colorado.

$78 member, $88 non-member.

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

 

 

Colorado Ecosystems and Native Plants Field Trip

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

The ecosystems of Colorado range from plains grasslands to the alpine tundra, mountain meadows to sub-alpine forests and all the points in between.

This field trip allows students to study the amazing diversity of plant and animal life that co-exist within these ecosystems and be able to identify each community by physical appearance and other site characteristics.

The class starts and ends in Morrison and we will survey the majority of ecosystems in the state.

The reference text for this course is From Grasslands to Glacier by Cornelius Mutel and John Emerick. The text is currently out of print, but used copies can be found online for purchase.

 

$72 member, $82 non-member.

 

Instructor: Sheridan Samano

The carpool will meet offsite and gas expenses for drivers will be shared.

Offsite meeting location for carpool will be be determined no later than 2 weeks before trip. Students will be notified via email.

 

 

Follow-on Vegetable Gardening

 

Do you plant start-of-season vegetables only to end up with vacant ground later in summer and fall? The late summer and fall/winter seasons can be productive for vegetable gardeners in-the-know for planting follow-on crops and for improving garden and soil health. This class will show you the possibilities including cut-and-come-again crops, quick maturing varieties, season extension, winter and cover crops, garden health improvement tips and more. Come learn what to plant in mid-summer and how to manage a Front Range vegetable garden through fall and winter. Presented by Carl Wilson.

Instructor: Carl Wilson

$26 member, $31 non-member

 

Image: Courtesy of interchangeableparts (Flickr)

How to Plant a Tree: Tree and Shrub Selection and Planting

 

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Trees and shrubs are one of the greatest property investments and can greatly increase a home’s value. Trees are also expensive, so learn how to determine what species is best for your yard, where and when to plant it plant and how to care for it. Evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs have varying preferred planting times and care strategies.

This class also shares tips on what to look for when you go to the nursery, how to dig a proper hole to insure the best root spread in the appropriate amount of time and when and how to prune. Also learn how to properly care for your tree to avoid transplant shock or winter desiccation injury. This class can make homeowners more confident when choosing or planting trees and shrubs or when supervising contractors.

 

 

$39 member, $44 non-member

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Principles of Pruning

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Pruning practices have evolved with advances in science, technology and tools. Improper trimming and cutting can damage your trees and shrubs, and make them more susceptible to damage from our unpredictable fall and spring snows. Enhance the beauty and strength of your trees by learning when, why and how to prune. You will be introduced to the theory of pruning and the tools you need.

There will be a 1-hour break for lunch. The last hour and a half of the class will feature a hands-on demonstration of proper pruning practices.  

Dress for an outdoor class. Bring water, a bag lunch and sunscreen.

 

$95 member, $105 non-member.

 

Instructor: Tim Buchanan

 

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed

 

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two.Congress designated the rose as America s national floral emblem in 1986.The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today.The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the  Queen of Flowers. 

 

 

Putting your Rose Garden to Bed

Preparing your roses for winter is the key to growing those fabulous flowers in the spring. Learn why fall and winter care keeps your roses healthy from year to year and how to prepare new rose beds for spring planting. Get tips on early transplanting or rearranging the rose bed. A recommended list of roses that do well along the Front Range and higher altitudes will be included to take home.

 

 

$27 member, $32 non-member.

 

Instructor: Peggy Williams

 

 

 

Seven Principles of Water-Smart Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Gardening remains high and dry in the Rocky Mountain region! Water-Smart Gardening is an environmentally friendly way to create a beautiful home landscape that will thrive under low water conditions. Join this class to learn the principles of Water-Smart Gardening and some of the many plants that you can incorporate into your yard.

 

$55 member, $62 non-member.

 

Instructor: David Winger

 

Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses

Tree ID and Selection

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Trees are a fundamental part of any landscape design, but tough climate and soils in our state make tree selection and growth challenging. This seminar provides an overview of shade, ornamental and conifer trees, both common and unusual, that can be grown in Colorado.

Individual trees will be discussed in the classroom using slides and samples, followed by a field trip to Regis University to see trees in a park-like setting where they have been able to attain mature size. Cultural and maintenance requirements will be covered.

 

$135 member, $161 non-member.

 

Instructor: Tim Buchanan

 

 

 

Troubleshooting in the Vegetable Garden: If A Tomato Could Talk

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

If your vegetables could talk, they would tell you exactly how to care for them properly to prevent disease or insect invasion. The next best thing is for you to participate in this class and learn what insects and diseases attack your vegetable gardens and containers and what you can do about it.

Learn about organic and inorganic management strategies, how they work and how to correctly apply them. This class stresses integrated pest management, a concept that uses the least invasive methods of pest control first to keep food safe and delicious.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Understanding Front Range Soils

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Soil is the bottom line in starting your garden successfully, and the properties of Front Range soils present unique challenges. By learning some simple physical and chemical properties of soil, including parent material and its formation, you can gain a better understanding of how plants grow in it and what to consider in plant selection and landscape design.

Class will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a 1/2 hour lunch break; please bring a sack lunch.

 

$85 member, $92 non-member.

 

Instructor: Jean Reeder

 

 

Vines and Groundcovers

 

 

 

 

Water Wise Landscape Planning for Non-Designers

This class will show you how to begin planning a landscape better suited to a dry climate AND your needs. While low water use plants are great, they’re only as good as how you use them in the garden. This class explains how to think through your landscape before you plant to insure success and a put-together look. It will help if you want to plant a landscape yourself or before hiring a designer/contractor to do the work for you. Take home materials give you a way to follow-through with the beginning thoughts you have in class and make your plan.

 

Instructor: Carl Wilson

$46 members, $50 non-members, includes a $5 materials fee

 

Image: Courtesy of Winger Photography

What Made My Good Plant Go Bad?

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

Did the glorious beauty promised by the garden catalog, nursery salesperson or garden designer fall flat? You may be surprised that insects and diseases are NOT the main cause of problems in the garden. Gardeners have more control thank they may think over how many plant problems. This provides an overview of the most common plant challenges and what you can do to prevent their annual recurrence. The course focuses on the root causes that attract pests and disease to your garden in the and what to do about it.

 

Note: This class is a lecture and hands on lab. You may bring a sample of a plant or turf you want diagnosed to class. Registration confirmation includes info on how to collect a good sample.

 

 

 

 

 

$39 member, $44 non-member.

 

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

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