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Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

 

This is a course for the beginner or for newcomers to the Front Range Gardening Community. We will hit all the basics of what you really need to know to adjust your gardening skills to our climate or to begin your gardening success here on the Colorado Front Range.

If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you!

Learn the basics of gardening in our finicky climate and the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables will be discussed, along with trees and shrubs for our climate, elevation and varying soils.

 

We will discuss plant selection, planting and troubleshooting. Leave with the knowledge and resources you need to plant the garden you have always wanted.

 

Subsequent weeks will 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

 

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.

 

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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

 

 

Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Ever feel like you don’t know what you are doing in your greenhouse? Or perhaps you have plans to build one and what then? Penn Parmenter has been growing food in her passive solar sustainable greenhouse for 12 years with the help of her husband Cord, who has been documenting the success of his 4 year-old sustainable greenhouse.

This class will help take some of the mystery out of something that should be so easy and yet can seem so hard. Matching appropriate plants to the microclimates within the greenhouse is crucial. Often the plants are the best teachers in the greenhouse and together we will learn how to work within the unique eco-system your greenhouse is.

Favorite foods, herbs and flowers will be discussed as well as forcing plants for seed production, over wintering potted plants and succession planting for a year round harvest.

The Parmenter’s grow organically and will share their organic answers for keeping the greenhouse under control from bugs and disease. Preventative methods as well as what to do when you’ve lost control will be addressed.

Penn and Cord both have busy lives, three kids and a business and yet they still manage to grow food year round in their greenhouses. When life gets in the way and you’re thinking of turning your greenhouse into a shed, don’t despair – there are answers for successful greenhouse growing.

Let’s step up production in your greenhouse - and you enjoy the benefits.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

 

See also "Sustainable Greenhouse Design" - offered on the same weekend!

 

 

Saving and Adapting Seed to High Altitudes (5,000-10,000 feet)

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

Historically amateur gardeners and farmers have been responsible for the vast bio-diversity we’ve enjoyed over the decades by saving and developing their own food seed.

As that bio-diversity is being lost, the time has come for us to learn how to save our own seed again. This is not only economical but since seed has a built in self-replicating program and an ability to adapt to the surrounding environment, saving seed is crucial to the movement toward self-sufficiency and sustainability. Colorado is particularly full of microclimates, so adapting seed to your unique climate is especially helpful for the wild and varied extremes we all endure.

We will cover vegetables, herbs and flowers and take a look at the world seed situation and what you can do about it in your own backyard. This class is intended to inspire you to make full use of the abundance given to you from your own garden.

We will discuss Seed Lending Libraries, Seed Banks, Living Seed Banks, Seed Swaps and how to take care of the seed you save. We will demonstrate seed saving techniques in both wet and dry methods.

Rejoin an ancient ritual that is still in our DNA and our memories – our grandparents saved seeds and theirs before them. Re-connecting to this most important part of gardening is an incredibly rewarding experience – especially when you are helping to develop stronger, more vibrant seed. This class applies to all elevations.

 

$26 member, $31 non-member

 

Instructors: Penn and Cord Parmenter

 

 

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