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2016 Horticulture Home Garden Tour

Visit some of the highlights of Fort Collins’ high-powered horticultural scene. Start the day with a tour of the half-acre Rock Garden and 300-foot-long Hellstrip during peak season at the city’s exciting young public garden, The Gardens on Spring Creek. Dillon Hancock, curator of the Rock Garden, and Lauren Springer Ogden, designer of the Hellstrip, lead tours of their areas. Then visit Springer Ogden’s unique, naturalistic home garden and design laboratory, which has been featured in several books and magazines, but never accessible to the public. Shop her driveway for plant treasures at discounted prices courtesy of Karen Lehrer, co-owner of Laporte Avenue Nursery.

 

GARDEN DESCRIPTIONS:

The Rock Garden at the Gardens on Spring Creek is a half-acre garden showcasing native and adapted alpine plants from multiple alpine regions across the globe. The Rock Garden was designed by Fort Collins residents Kirk Fieseler, co-owner of Laporte Avenue Nursery, and Maddie Weisz, a landscape architect. The Rock Garden opened in 2011 and was built in collaboration with the designers, Gardens staff, City of Fort Collins Forestry Department, local landscaping companies, and volunteers. The rockwork displays locally quarried stone, giving the garden a unique sense of place.

Lauren Springer Ogden’s home garden is a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work. Low-water plantings dominate, along with year-round appeal and a naturalistic, serene look not based on flower color but rather on plant texture and form. Plant selection and design choices encourage pollinators and wildlife (except deer). The 13-year-old garden started as a blank slate of weedy lawn and three small trees, and has been created entirely by Lauren and her husband Scott Ogden. The couple planted every plant and laid every stone themselves, and Lauren has maintained the garden without outside help.

 

$51, $46 member, includes lunch and transportation from Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Bonfils Stanton Lecture Series - 2016

Heirloom-inaries: Rooting Contemporary Gardens in Tradition

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

 

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

 

Lecture Series, which also includes all pre lecture tastings. (does not include tours or workshop)

$52 member, $70 non-member

 

Lectures include:

Deep-Rooted Wisdom: Skills and Stories from Generations of Gardeners

Augustus Jenkins Farmer

Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m.

 

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Jodi Torpey

Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

 

Our Glorious Gardens: How Did They Get Here?

Bill Laws

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m

 

Denver Botanic Gardens: History in the Heart of the City

Thomas Noel

Thursday, September 15, 7-8:30 p.m.

 

Colorado Foodways: A Celebration of Local Food

 

Join us at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms for a celebration of the state’s traditions in culture, food and history at the annual Colorado Foodways event.

 

Local chefs provide traditional Colorado dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy locally crafted snacks and appetizers while you stroll the grounds and tour the organic vegetable, herb and flower gardens with Community Supporting Agriculture farm staff. Explore the historical Hildebrand Ranch House and enjoy a live band during the sunset. This event sells out quickly.

 

 

 

Dinner and tours included with registration.

 

$39 members, $42 non members

 

Lecture - Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Today’s gardeners would have a difficult time recognizing the vegetables our ancestors ate. Wild tomatoes looked like small yellow berries and carrots were nothing more than skinny roots. So how did these plants grow into the beautiful vegetables we enjoy today? Early seed savers, plant breeders and agricultural contests at American fairs all played an important role.

 

Celebrate the rich history of our favorite homegrown vegetables such as mammoth pumpkins and onions while discovering how to grow your own picture-perfect produce. This entertaining session shows how to choose the top vegetable varieties, schedule planting dates and prepare for the big show. Participants take home a vegetable transplant from Bonnie Plants.

 

Speaker Bio:

Jodi Torpey is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener and founder/editor-in-chief of WesternGardeners.com. She is the author of “The Colorado Gardener’s Companion and Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening.” Torpey speaks at gardening events around the country and digitally through her Craftsy.com class. Since 2010, she has organized Denver’s “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign as a volunteer for the Garden Writers Association.

 

9:30 a.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

10 a.m. Program and lecture

11:30 a.m. Book signing by author

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

 

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

Lecture - Denver Botanic Gardens: History in the Heart of the City

The true history of the Garden’s 23 acres has been long anticipated, and this is the opportunity to hear all about it. Only a few centuries ago, the land on which the Gardens sits was nothing but dust and the occasional prairie dog. Professor Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel shares how the Denver Botanic Gardens evolved into an urban oasis, from a barren landscape, to contended cemetery, to one of America’s greatest botanical gardens.

 

Speaker bio:

Thomas Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. He has written 47 books, many articles and a Sunday history column for The Denver Post. He appears regularly as "Dr. Colorado" on NBC 9 News "Colorado & Company."

Noel has a masters and Ph.D. from Colorado University Boulder and a B.A. from the University of Denver. His 2015 book “Colorado: A Historical Atlas” is a full-color coffee table treasure exploring 90 topics in the evolution of the highest state from Mesa Verde to marijuana.

 

6 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

7 p.m. Program and lecture

 

All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

 

Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.

 

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

 

With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a lecture and workshop series designed to take us back to our roots, exploring the history, traditions and culture of gardening. You can gain wisdom from gardeners before us, integrating traditional knowledge into the contemporary garden. Botanist, farmer and author Augustus Jenkins Farmer shares stories of traditional gardening techniques; from the charm of sharing plant cuttings with neighbors to intercropping plants to protect integrity of the soil. Bill Laws shares fascinating examples from his book Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s garden tour demonstrates a living laboratory for plants and plant matrices, emphasizing prairie, meadow and chaparral-inspired spaces that are a hallmark of Lauren’s regional design work.

 

 

A parallel series of intimate workshops and tours brings to life the traditions that have painted a romantic picture of gardening. Workshops include growing blue ribbon vegetables with Jodi Torpey; keeping a garden journal with Bill Laws; and a big bulbs workshop with Augustus Jenkins Farmer. We are excited to offer tours at the Gardens and throughout the region. Explore the splendor and abundance of Le Potager garden at the season’s peak and tour historically significant plants throughout the Gardens. For the first time, Lauren Springer Ogden opens her garden and welcomes participants to enjoy the beauty.

 

 

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