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Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series

AMAZING VEGETABLES A TO Z FULL SERIES

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This is the class that will hone your skills as an amazing vegetable gardener. It is designed to take beginners to a new level and remind intermediate gardeners of the success strategies that always work when we go off course and forget the science of what got us to success in the first place. We will cover the science of vegetable gardening, do some myth busting, and provide you with some clear cut strategies to get the biggest harvest from the space you have.

The classes are 2 ½ hours each and are designed so that you can take the entire series or drop in for a refresher on the single class or classes that you want to brush up on. We will use a combination of hands-on, lecture and demonstration to keep you engaged.

 

You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Amazing Vegetables A to Z Full Series".

 

Please note: We will not cover gardening in containers in depth in this class. If that is your interest, please see Crops in Pots.

 

Price: $120, $110 members

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

 

Session 1: The Garden Build

March 31, 2020- 6 p.m.

Planning the best location, choosing in-ground or raised beds and the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will look at re-purposing materials to create raised beds. We will cover soil building and choosing amendments. We will build around what has not worked for you in the past and set you on a course for improvement for your 2020 vegetable garden. Every season is a Do-Over!

 

Session 2: Planting

April 7, 2020- 6 p.m.

Planting is the focus of this session. How to decide what to plant, the seasons of the vegetable garden and getting the biggest bang for your gardening buck. We will cover cool season and warm season plants and the ones that grow best here in Colorado. Then take a look at seed starting and see a demonstration of starting seeds inside and direct sowing outside as well as transplanting. Then we will cover spacing strategies designed to give you the biggest harvest for the space you have available.

 

Session 3: Extended Gardening

April 14, 2020- 6 p.m.

Keeping the Garden going for three seasons and beyond is the theme of this session. We will cover the importance of crop rotation and how to do it. We will learn different ways to succession plant and how it can maximize the harvest. We will address season extension strategies to protect your crops. We will also cover the concept of companion planting and what is true and what is not.

 

Session 4: Pests, Problems & Harvesting

April 21, 2020- 6 p.m.

The most common pests and diseases of the vegetable garden will be addressed, how to spot problems before they get away from you and good cultural practices to avoid problems, organics, watering, fertilizing and insect and disease controls. We will also discuss how to know when your veggies are ready for harvest.

Battling the Japanese Beetle

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

The Japanese beetle – found in many Front Range areas - is moving to new communities. This unwelcome beetle is concerning home owners with serious damage to plants. Instructor Betty Cahill takes the class through the management options for the Japanese beetle during its adult and larval stages. She provides tips on how to protect your favorite plants, including a plant list that Japanese beetles prefer and mostly avoid.

Instructor: Betty Cahill

Price: $31, $26 member

Conifer Collection Walkabout

Experience the beautiful world of conifers in this two-hour walk through the Gardens. Discover ways to identify various genera through hands-on activities, and explore areas of the Gardens you may not have seen before in search of new and unusual varieties. We'll also discuss choosing the right plant for the right right place including growth rates and care requirements. This will be a walking-only class open to all skill levels.  

 

Price: $30, $25 member

Instructor: Pat Hayward has spent 40 years in the Colorado horticulture industry, serving on boards of the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, and was a two-time winner of the CNGA “Person of the Year.” Most recently she was director of Plant Select, a nonprofit organization working with Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens to trial (and make available) adaptable and beautiful plants for our high plains and mountain gardening conditions. She has taught the all-day “Conifers for Colorado Gardens and Landscapes” class for DBG for 21 years, and lives and gardens in Masonville.

Conifers for Colorado Landscapes & Gardens

Rocky Mountain Gardening Required Course Group II

Discover the beautiful and easy-care world of conifers in this all-day session. Starting in the classroom, we'll cover a wide range of species and varieties suitable to our Colorado conditions and climate, including their selection, planting and care. There's plenty of time for discussion and hands-on activities in addition to slides and lecture. We'll then explore the Gardens' outdoor living conifer collection, tying the day together with in-person discovery and a new appreciation for the diversity this group of plants can offer to our gardens and landscapes.

 

Price: $105, $95 member

Instructor: Pat Hayward has spent 40 years in the Colorado horticulture industry, serving on boards of the Colorado Tree Coalition and the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association, and was a two-time winner of the CNGA “Person of the Year.” Most recently she was director of Plant Select, a nonprofit organization working with Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens to trial (and make available) adaptable and beautiful plants for our high plains and mountain gardening conditions. She has taught the all-day “Conifers for Colorado Gardens and Landscapes” class for DBG for 21 years, and lives and gardens in Masonville.

 

Creating a Hobby Greenhouse

Come learn how to take your master outdoor gardening skills to the next level and extend your growing season and increase your green thumb skills. Is the next step in your horticulture experience maintaining a greenhouse? Before building or buying a greenhouse, learn the benefits and the liabilities of owning a greenhouse.

This program covers common questions and ideas surrounding the addition of a season extension structure, such as a greenhouse, to your property. During this session, the location, costs, logistics and practicality of each structure and device will be covered. The course is designed to allow the participant to explore their options with the use of a greenhouse or other season extending structures.

 

Price: $31, $26 members

 

Special Instructions: Please bring paper and pen to write down notes. No experience with greenhouses is needed.

 

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 horticulture, gardening, weed science, entomology, plant pathology and greenhouse management and has been involved in the practice of Integrated Pest Management for over 30 years.

Growing A Business

 

 

 

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 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.

 

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

Rocky Mountain Horticulture II - ONLINE

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.

This session will be held online in a Zoom meeting. Details on how to join the class will be emailed on the first day of the program.

 

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 member

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

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