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Rocky Mountain Horticulture I: Gardening Principles

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

This class details all the specifics necessary to grow plants successfully in the Rocky Mountain region. Soil preparation, plant choice and location, planting techniques and year-round maintenance specific to Colorado will be covered. We'll review plant growth, fertilizers, microclimates and more.

Price: $161, $135 members

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master’s Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Special Instructions: All students are requested to bring graph paper and pencils to the first class

Photo courtesy of: Soil Science (flickr)

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group I

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II is an introduction to general information on plant management. Each of these four classes will present an overview by an expert from the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service. Topics include the identification and control of lawn and garden weeds, diseases and insects, and integrated pest management.

 

Instructor: Thaddeus Gourd attended New Mexico State University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Pest Management and Horticulture. He earned a Master's Degree with thesis study in Entomology at New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology with emphasis on plant parasitic nematodes at North Carolina State University. Thaddeus has worked over 19 years in the private sector of the plant science business and since 2000, has worked at Colorado State University Extension as an Agriculture Agent and Director for Adams County. He has extensive experience of gardening and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Price: $161, $135 members

Special instructions: Instructor will provide material and specimens for the participants to examine during this 4 session course.  The class is also encouraged to bring in specimens that can be used for class diagnostics. 

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.

 

Instructor: David Winger

Price: $62, $55 members

The Water-Smart Flower Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

In our dry region, sustainable gardening means using little or no irrigation water. By choosing the best waterwise plants we make our gardens in tune with the climate and conditions, conserve an ever-scarcer resource, and last but not least, nurture our aesthetic spirit and the web of life around us. Lauren will explore a rich palette of lovely flowering plants that need little if any water, soil amendment or fertilizers, that attract pollinators and beneficial wildlife, and require little effort to keep happy and beautiful.

Price: $34, $29 member

Instructor Bio: Long-time DBG instructor Lauren Springer Ois a designer, author, and plantswoman. She designed several gardens at DBG including the popular WaterSmart Garden and the native Visitors’ Center gardens at Chatfield Farm. She is on staff at the Gardens on Spring Creek in her hometown of Fort Collins, creating and tending the new ½ acre waterwise Undaunted Garden. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, and on television, and her plant introductions are available at regional nurseries.

 

Urban Farm Tour - Grow + Gather

Housed in a renovated historic auto shop, Grow + Gather has preserved the architectural legacy while re-imagining the original property to serve the needs of our urban farming operations, market and restaurant. From our rooftop greenhouse to our solar panels, beehives and gray water system, we are committed to creating a more local, sustainable and creative food experience. Guests will join us for a tour of our facility, followed by a rooftop greenhouse food tasting creatively curated by The Feedery's Executive Chef Jeff Schwing.

 

Special Instructions: A portion of the tour is not ADA accessible.

If you would like to enjoy brunch or lunch at The Feedery, we do encourage you to make a reservation ahead of time, which can be done online here.

 

Price: $28, $25 member

Instructor: George Gastis, Founder + Owner

 

George is a Cleveland, OH native and graduate of Denison University, transplanted and living in Denver since 1995. Prior to this latest venture, George was a marketing and tech-industry veteran, most recently as the owner of BrainSpark Media, which he founded in 2005 and then sold in 2015. As a lifelong gardener and food enthusiast, he has merged these passions with nearly three decades of professional experience to form Grow + Gather and The Feedery.

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains - Series

$92, $78 member for all three sessions

Session 1: Saturday March 28- Seed Starting and Garden Planning Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class will go over seed starting basics and home propagation techniques. We will also look at how to maximize your garden space at home through efficient garden planning and you'll learn how many of each variety to start based on your needs, scheduling your seed starting, as well as the best ways to organize your vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 6 - Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. We'll also learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado's front range. Get your hands dirty as we practice the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 8 - This class will go over the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) will be covered. We'll also look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children³ Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Ecological gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in b\Biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains: Heirloom and Beyond

*all sessions are individual registrations, students can take the full series or individual classes based on your interest

$34, $29 member for each session

Session 1: Saturday March 28- Seed Starting and Garden Planning Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class will go over seed starting basics and home propagation techniques. We will also look at how to maximize your garden space at home through efficient garden planning and you'll learn how many of each variety to start based on your needs, scheduling your seed starting, as well as the best ways to organize your vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 6– Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. We'll also learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado's front range. Get your hands dirty as we practice the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 8– This class will go over the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) will be covered. We'll also look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

 

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children’s Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Ecological gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in Biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

 

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013

 

Vines and Groundcovers

 

 

 

 

Workshop - Grab & Go Flower Arrangements

Learn tricks of the trade to make those colorful bunches of flowers from the farmers market or local grocer into professional arrangements. Leave with your very own vase arrangement.

 

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructors: Lisa Weddel and Laura Tonner

 

Lisa Weddel AIFD PFCI has been in the floral industry for over 30 years.  She has been active in all areas of the industry from designer, teacher to owner of several businesses. Lisa has a floriculture degree, is an Iowa Master florist, as well as being an accredited member of the American Institute of Floral Designers organization where she currently holds the position of President of the South-Central Chapter.  In addition, Lisa has served on the Board of Trustees of the Professional Floral Communicators International as Chairman.This is an organization under the umbrella of the Society of American Florists.

Past floral accomplishments include designing at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA for over 16 parades as a designer as well as a team leader. She designed on the floral team for President George W. Bush's 2005 Presidential Inauguration, designed at the 2019 Kentucky Derby and has the same honor this coming May.

 

 

Laura Tonner has enjoyed working in the floral industry for five years. Her favorite part has been designing for weddings and events, but she has done just about everything in the floral industry. She has experience in retail, deliveries and the day-to-day operations of a small flower shop. All of this has led to her latest endeavor as the co-owner of Designs Inspired by You, the first of its kind floral experience studio.

Laura has a floral certificate from a local design school, won an academic scholarship from FAR (Floral Association of the Rockies) and has attended the Rose Parade as a designer for two years.

Workshop - Inspiration and Visioning: Floral Design Meets Mobility Aids

Join us for a botanical workshop featuring mobility aids. Botanical installation artist Lisa Waud shares her process of identifying and distilling inspirational ideas to unearth new concepts for projects, as well as her process of “visioning”—writing about future projects in present tense to motivate herself through challenges and encourage others to collaborate. We combine our new skills creating wearable floral designs for models with disabilities, after hearing their stories on a panel moderated by Alexandra Herold, founder of PattiandRicky.com, the adaptive fashion marketplace for women, men and kids with disAbilities.

 

Price: $55, $50 member

 

 

Lisa Waud

Based in Detroit, Michigan, botanical installation artist Lisa Waud's large-scale, multi-sensory, exploratory works utilize living plants and cut flowers, exploring themes of old and new, nature as a cleansing reset and joy from beauty. Lisa is committed to producing art events that are pointedly inclusive for collaborators and spectators and accessible to all humans, with a focus on celebrating the beauty of underrepresented and marginalized people. Lisa's biophilic projects have been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart, Hyperallergic, Colossal, Designboom, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and Travel + Leisure. She has lectured at TEDxDETROIT, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Cranbook Art Museum, Broad Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, the Cleveland botanic garden, Intermittent Tech Conference and The Slow Flowers Summit.

 

Workshop - Water-wise Horticultural Practices for the Western Garden

This class covers the basics for water-wise gardening in Colorado. Learn about xeriscape misconceptions and possibilities, our regional climate and how to best conserve water in your home garden. Review specific water-wise plant options, native species, as well as plant families. Learn about soil amendments, mulching watering and weed control to keep your water-wise garden looking great all year long.

 

Annie Barrow

Annie Barrow is the manager of horticulture outreach programs at Denver Botanic Gardens. She promotes water-wise horticulture for western regions, with an emphasis on plant selection, planting design and best horticultural practices. Annie has a B.S. in horticulture and landscape design from Purdue University. While obtaining her MBA at Ball State University, she also studied in BSU’s Master of Landscape Architecture program. Annie has worked in almost every field of horticulture, including landscape design & construction, retail nursery management, interior horticulture and medical plant research. She is a L.E.E.D accredited professional and has worked in Solar PV, Solar Thermal and Energy Efficiency. Before joining Denver Botanic Gardens, she was a full-time musician in Houston, TX.

 

Workshop Series - Native Plant Master at York Street

This course is open to the public and no volunteering is required.

 

Natives are not just for wild spaces anymore! Incorporate native bloomers into your home landscape. During three outdoor field sessions, learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40-50 plants. Develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants. Course includes special emphasis on natives useful for landscaping and alien invasive plants that threaten native ecosystems.

 

This program is jointly sponsored by Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado State University Extension’s Native Plant Master® Program.

 

Instructor: Beth Hanson is a life-long gardener with a BS in horticulture from Colorado State University, over 30 years of professional experience in the field and 20 years as a Master Gardener and Native Plant Master. Beth is a professional educator/interpreter passionate about including native plants in our everyday lives.

 

Required Textbook: 1) Jennifer Ackerfield's “Flora of Colorado” available through Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore (https://conps.org/conps-bookstore/), local and online retail outlets and 2) Colorado Plant Database at http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us.

Optional text: “Colorado Flora - Eastern Slope,” Fourth edition, Weber and Wittmann available at local and online retail outlets and the publisher (800-621-2736)

 

Prerequisite: Basic botany class. (For those with a botany background that have not completed a Native Plant Master course, this prerequisite may be waived. Contact lvernon@co.jefferson.co.us to request a waiver.)

 

The course takes place on the paved or packed pathways at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.

Native Plant Master: All participants who pass three NPM courses receive a Colorado Flora Certificate. For accepted volunteers, this course counts toward certification as a Native Plant Master.

 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO, 80206. Please park in the main lot. Meet inside the Freyer – Newman Center. Please arrive at 8:15 a.m. the first day to receive course materials. Course begins 8:30 a.m. sharp.

 

What to wear: Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, hat, sturdy footwear (suitable for urban walking), etc. Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.

What to bring: Textbook, pencil, hand lens (10x), daypack, water, sack lunch, rain gear, sun and wind protection, personal items you will need, etc.

 

Carpooling is encouraged. Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.

 

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