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Bonsai Exhibition

 

In addition to its virtual show on the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society website, rmbonsai.org, a special exhibition will be presented in the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion featuring selected outstanding trees by RMBS bonsai artists. Included with admission.

 

Colorado Cactus and Succulent Sale and Show

Volunteers from the CCSS and the RMC-NARGS will stage a sale with 10-12 vendors of indoor/outdoor cacti/succulents and specialty rock garden perennials. The sale is at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton on Friday, Aug. 14 (9 a.m.   5 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 15 (9 a.m.   3 p.m.). Limited tickets for timed entry require pre-purchase or pre-registration (for Gardens members). Masks and social distancing are required and will be enforced.

 

CSA Farm Tour and Discussion - Chatfield Farms

* This class takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, C-470 and Wadsworth *

 

Tour the vegetable production areas at Chatfield Farms and taste some fresh flavors. Learn about small-scale farming in the Colorado region, food production and other farm related topics.

Finish the morning discussing the flavors of fresh foods, and leave Chatfield with some samples from our farm.

 

Price: $28, $24 member

Instructor: Josie Hart

 

Special Notes: This program will be held entirely outside. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and a water bottle.

Garden Guru Tour

Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. Gain insight into living museum collections and walk away with gardening tips from an expert. Please note that every tour has its own emphasis and is led by a different horticulturist.

 

Wednesday, July 22, 10 a.m.: “Medicinal Plants” with Blake Burger, horticulture specialist

Tuesday, September 15, 9:30 a.m.: “Fall Garden Preparation” with Mike Bone, curator of steppe collections

 

Price: $19, $15 member

 

Special instructions: Tours can be both indoors and outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Tours are one hour long. Masks are required.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties. For safety reasons, tours are currently limited to five participants.

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

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 ensure 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.

This session will be streamed live online through Zoom. Details on how to join the class will be emailed the day before the program.

 

Price: $44, $39 members

Putting Your Rose Garden to Bed

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

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. 

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.

 

Instructor: Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian

Price: $32, $27 members

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