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Summer Classes

Aurora Water Conservation.6/7: Discover Xeric Plants, 9:30-11:30am; 6/17: Xeriscape Basics, 5:30-7pm; 6/21: Xeriscape Start to Finish, 9:30-11:30am; 7/10: Design Consulting Prep, 5:30-7pm; 7/17: Xeriscape Start to Finish, 5:30-7pm; 8/12: Xeriscape Basics, 5:30-7pm; 8/16: Xeriscape Start to Finish, 9:30-11:30am; 8/20: Design Consultation Prep: 5:30-7pm. Location varies. Registration required: AuroraWater.org or (720) 859-4407.

 

Birdsall & CO. 6/14: Water in the Garden, 10:30am-12:30pm. $35; 7/12: Outdoor Lighting, 10:30am-12:30pm. $35; 8/9: Landscape Consultation w/the Pros, 10:30am-12:30pm. $35. 1540 S Broadway, Denver 80210. Info@BirdsallGarden.com or (303) 722-2535.

 

Blossom. 6/26: Warm Tea, Hot Trend-Grow Your Own Herbs/Infusions, 11:30am. $25 includes lunch; 7/31: TBA. Tears McFarlane House, Capitol Hill Community Ctr, 1290 Williams St, Denver. RSVP BlossomLunch@outlook.com or (303) 359-7308.

 

Colo. Agricultural Leadership Foundation. 7/19: What’s Buggin’ My Plant?, w/Mary Jane Sosler, 9-11am. $5. 2330 S I-25, Castle Rock 80104. TheCalf.org or (303) 748-6748.

 

Delaney Community Farm. 6/14: Beekeeping-Hive Health & Hive Inspection, w/Allan & Debbie Brown, 9-11am. $15; 6/28: Preservation for Beginners, w/Hiedi Farr,10am-noon. $20; 7/19: Bees & Beekeeping Questions, 9-11am. $15; 7/22-9/30: Community Cooking Demo & Lunch, 11:30am-1pm. $10, limited to 5; 8/9: Basic Herbal Making, 9-11am. $15; 8/16: Beekeeping: Hive Harvest Activites, w/Allan & Debbie Brown, 9-11am (rain date 8/23). $15 suggested donation.  170 S Chambers Rd, Aurora. Dug.org or (303) 292-9900.

 

Denver Botanic Gardens.6/8: Backyard Chicken Keeping, 2pm; 6/15: Backyard Goat Keeping, 2pm; 6/21: Wild Things Walk at Chatfield, 9am; 6/28:Minding Your Vegetable Garden, 10am. Chatfield, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, (720) 865-4336. DBG, 1007 York St, Denver. BotanicGardens.org or (720) 865-3500.

 

Denver Rose Society. 6/12: Making Floral Arrangements, w/Joan Franson. 7:00pm. Colo Federation of Garden Clubs, 1556 Emerson St., Denver. Free. Info: DenverRoseSociety.org.

 

Fort Collins Nursery. 6/14: Classic Fairy Gardening, 10-11:30am. $35; 6/22: Eat Your Weeds! A Medicinal & Edible Approach to Weeding Your Garden, 1-2:30pm. $15; 7/19: Classic Fairy Gardening, 10-11:30am. $35, Miniature Gardening w/Perennials, 1-2:30pm. $35; 7/20: Cooking w/Your Harvest, 10-11:30am;  $15; 8/16:Classic Fairy Gardening, 10-11:30am. $35, Mini Cacti/Succulent Gardening, 1-2:30pm. $35; 8/17: Apples on the Front Range-From Seedlings to Hard Cider, 1-2:30pm. $15.Registration required. 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Info: FortCollinsNursery.com or (970) 482-1984.

 

Growing Gardens. Saturdays: Beekeeping Series Classes, for new beekeepers. Monthly thru Oct. 7/24:Garden to Table Cooking Classes, w/Michael Montgomery. Thru Nov. Register for 3 classes before 7/4 and get 4th class for ½ price. Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder. More info & to register: GrowingGardens.org or Annie Sweeney, (303) 443-9952, x2.

 

Harlequin’s Gardens. 6/7: Think Globally, Garden Locally, w/Alison Peck, 10am; Groovin’ With the Oldies, w/Linda Taylor, 1pm; 6/8: Managing Pests w/out Poisons, w/Mikl Brawner, 1pm; 6/14: Medicinals as Ornamentals in a Xeriscape, A Tour w/Leslie Lewis, 10am, David Austin Roses, w/Sharron Zaun, 10am, Berries and Small Fruits for Colo, w/Milkl Brawner, 1pm; 6/21: Native Bees, w/Kristina Williams, 10am, Gardening for Bees, Birds & Wildlife, w/Alison Peck, 1pm; 6/22: A Garden for Colo Conditions, w/Mikl Brawner, 1pm; 6/28: Gardening At High Altitude, w/Diane Badertscher, 1pm; 7/12: Basic Plant Identification, w/Diane Badertscher, 1pm; 7/26: Basic Landscape Design, w/Elaine Walker, 1pm; 8/10: Pruning for Strength, Health & Beauty, w/Mikl Brawner, 1pm; 8/24: Low Tech Greenhouse Design & Operation, w/Mikl Brawner, 1pm; Unless noted, all classes $15; Harlequin’s Gardens Sustainable Nursery, Boulder. Preregister, HarlequinsGardens.com or (303) 939-9403.

 

Herb Society of America Rky Mtn Unit. 8/23: Herbal Eco-dyeing Workshop, w/Peggy Vonburg, 9:30am-1:30pm. Location: visit Hsarmu.yolasite.com. Reservation required by 8/9/14, Raven43@aol.com or (303) 777-9388.

 

Hudson Gardens. 6/17: The Good, Bad & the Ugly-Garden Insects, 6-8pm. $21 member/$24 non-member; 6/28: Birding in the Gardens, 8-11am. $8 member/$10 non-member; 6/28: Raptors of the Rockies, 10-11am. $5 member/$6 non-member; 7/26: Birding in the Gardens, 8-11am. $8 member/$10 non-member; Space limited, registration required: shop.HudsonGardens.org or (303) 797-8565 ext. 306. 6115 S Sante Fe Dr, Littleton.

 

Lyon’s Farmette Farm Dinners. 7/22: Garden Maintenance, 5:30-7:30pm. $36.Send checks to The Lyons Farmette, PO Box 312, Lyons, CO 80540. RSVP: Betsy@LyonsFarmette.com, LyonsFarmette.com or (303) 746-6266.

 

Native Plant Master Program. 6/4, 6/11, 6/18: NPM Course-Green Mtn, 8am-12:10pm. $90; 6/2, 6/6, 6/13: NPM Course-Lair o’ the Bear Park, 8:30am-12:40pm. $90; 6/3: Basic Botany-Golden, 6-9pm. $30; 6/5: NPM Course-S Valley Park, 8:30am-12:40pm. $90; 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26: NPM Course-Reynolds Park, 8:30am-12:40pm. $90; 6/7, 6/14: NPM Course-Deer Canyon Park, 8:30am-12:40pm. $90; 6/10, 6/17, 6/24: NPM Course Lev 1-Plains Conservation Ctr-Aurora, 8:30am-12:40pm. $90; 6/25: Alpine Plants at Mt. Goliath, 3pm. $40; 7/10: Plant Sketching Basics-Pine Grove, 3pm. $45; 7/11, 7/18, 7/25: NPM Course-Golden Gate Canyon-Golden, 8:30am-12:40pm. $90; 6/17, 7/15, 8/12: NMP Course Lev II-Grasses and Grasslikes of Golden Gate, 9am-1:10pm. $90. npm.eventbrite.com for details.

 

Pine Lane Nursery. 6/14: Flowering Ornamental Trees for the Front Range, 1pm. $10; 6/28: Water Wise Planting, 1pm. $10. (Fees include $10 coupon that day’s use.) Pine Lane Nursery, 18200 Apache Dr, Parker. Info: PineLaneNursery.com or (303) 841-3009.

 

Tagawa Garden Center. 6/7: Rock Gardening Rocks, 10-11am; 6/8: Wild Fermentation 101-the Art of Vegetable Preservation, 11am-12:30pm; 6/14: Water-Smart Perennials, 10-11am; 6/21: Perennials for Patios & Pathways, 10-11am, Creating a Drought Tolerant Herb Garden, noon-1pm, Herb Dept Walk, 2-3pm; 6/22: Perennial Vegetables & Herbs, 10:30-11:30am, Summer Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen, 1-2pm; 6/28: Creating a Sunny Garden for Birds, Bees, Butterflies, 10-11am, 10 Things Not to do in Your Landscape, noon-1pm, Fairy Gardening for Adults, 2-3pm, Summer Garden Survival, 2-3:30pm; 6/29: Clematis and Other Vines, 10:30-11:30am, Herbal First Aid Kit for Hiking, Biking & Camping, 1-3pm;  7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial. Registration and info: TagawaGardens.com or (303) 690-4722.

 

Timberline Gardens. 6/8: Build Your Own Worm Compost Box, w/Kathy DeMane,10am-noon. $50 materials included; 6/14: Gardening w/Desert Cacti, Agaves & Yucca Relatives, w/Kelly Grummons, 9-11am. $10; 6/28: Build Your Own Worm Compost Box, w/Kathy DeMane,9-11am. $50 materials included; 7/26: What to do When, w/Kelly Grummons, 9-11am. $10; 8/2: Herbal Tinctures, w/Megan Moser, 9-11am. $20 materials included, $8 for 2nd tincture; 8/16: Seed Saving, w/Mary Lilja, 9-10am. $10; 8/17: Composting 101, w/Kathy DeMaine, noon-2pm. $10; 8/30: Plant Doctor, w/Kelly Grummons, 1-3pm. Bring in your own bagged samples, $10. 11700 W. 58th Ave, Aurora. Class size limited. 11700 W 58th Ave, Aurora. Register: TimberlineGardens.comor (303) 420-4060.

 

Wilmore Nursery. 6/21: Vegetable Plant Care Thru the Summer, 10am; 8/9: Harvesting Your Vegetable Garden, 10am. 711 E County Line Rd, Littleton 80122. Register: WilmoreNurseries.com or (303) 795-5339.

EVENTS

June-Nov

Denver Botanic Gardens “Chihuly Sculptures”. Visit DBG website for detailed ticket info & times. DBG,1007 York St, Denver. BotanicGardens.org or (720) 865-3500.

 

Sat, Jun 7

Jamie Durie book signing at Tagawa Garden Center. 1-4pm. Garden designer and star of The Outdoor Room and Victory Garden debuts his new book. $40 includes book, booksigning/photo, $15 companion ticket. 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial. Registration and info: TagawaGardens.com or (303) 690-4722.

 

Sat-Sun, Jun 7-8

Rocky Mtn Bonsai 45th Annual Show and Exhibit. Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 9am-3pm. A blend of horticulture and art. Classes will be held on Sat at 11am and 1pm. Free with admission price to Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. Info: RockyMtnBonsai.org.

 

Fri-Sun, June 6-8

Pollinator Week. Venue and times TBA, visit ColoradoBeekeepers.org or Beth Conroy (970) 213-3099.

 

Sat-Sun, June 21-22

Denver Rose Society District Rose Show at Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Ctr. Entries accepted 7:30-9:30am, Judging 10am-12:30pm, open to public 1-4pm. Location: 2886 S Circle Dr, Colo Springs. www.DenverRoseSociety.org or Betsy Vasquez (719) 359-7233.

Sat, Jun 29

Loveland Rose Show. Noon-4:30pm. Hundreds of roses grown in Colorado on display. Consulting rosarians available to answer questions. Mtn View Presbyterian Church, 2500 N Garfield Ave, Loveland. LovelandRoseSociety.wordpress.com or (970) 402-4502.

 

Fri-Sun, Jul 11-13

Lavender Festival in Palisade. It’s all about lavender! Fri, motor coach tour of lavender farms; Sat, festival in Palisade Memorial Park, demonstrations, entertainment and gourmet meal that evening; Sun, free self-guided tours. Ticket info: ColoradoLavender.org.

 

Sat, July 19

Cherry Pie Festival in Loveland. 5-8pm. Free. Celebrate Loveland’s longstanding connection with the cherry industry. Live music, fun activities & contests centered around cherry pies! Historical presentation by Sharon Danhauer at 3:30pm. Visit ci.loveland.co.us.

 

Sat, Aug 9

15th Annual Cultiva Farm Dinner. Boulder’s all-star chefs join to support Growing Gardens Cultiva Youth Project via a selection of one-of-a-kind appetizers, signature dishes, and memorable desserts-all paired with local wine, beer and cocktails at their 11-acre garden. Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder. More info & to register: GrowingGardens.org/cultiva-farm-dinner or call Alyson Duffey, (303) 443-9952, x1.

 

Fri, Aug 15

Colorado Water Garden Society Annual Water Blossom Festival Co-Sponsored with Denver Botanic Gardens. 10am-4pm. Free to the public with general admission to the Gardens. DBG, 1007 York St, Denver. ColoWaterGardenSociety.org or (303) 423-9216

 

Thu-Sun, Aug 14-17

Palisade Peach Festival. Celebrate the peach harvest with great food, entertainment, contests & tours.Visit:PalisadePeachfest.com.

 

Sun, Aug 30

Denver Rose Society Annual Rose Show. 7:30-9:30am entries accepted, 10am-1pm judging, 1:30-4:30 open to public. A wonderful opportunity for new and experienced rose growers to enter a judged rose show, or to stop by and see the winners. Consulting rosarians available to answer questions. Mitchell Hall, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. DenverRoseSociety.org or (303) 880-7415.

 

Sat, Sept 6

Taste of Tomato. 9am-1pm. A tomato tasting festival! CSU Co-op Ext. w/ Harlequin Gardens held at Gateway Park in Boulder. Bring your favorite tomato for free entry! Info: visit HarlequinsGardens.com (events) or (303) 939-9403.

 

Garden Tours

Jun-Aug, Various Dates

Mount Goliath Tour. 9am-1pm. Amenity fee paid to US Forest Services. Register: BotanicGardens.org or (720) 865-3500.

 

Jun-Sept

Wednesday Walk & Talk. 9am. Each Wednesday, learn from master gardeners in personal gardens or public parks throughout the county. $10. Info: elpasoco.colostate.edu or (719) 520-7675.

 

Fri, June 6

High Altitude Garden Tour. Noon-3pm. Denver Botanic Gardens tour of Penn and Cord Parmenter’s High Altitude Gardens and Greenhouses, Westcliffe. $25 members/$30 non-members. Registration required. BotanicGardens.org or (720) 865-3500.

 

Sat, June 7

12th Annual Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour, Boulder. 10am-3pm. $15; 12 & under free. WhittierGardenTour.com.

14th Annual Enchanted Gardens Tour of NW Denver. 9am-4pm; after-party 4-7pm. Self-guided, self-paced tour includes 20 truly enchanting neighborhood gardens. Kids under 12 free, $20; $15 in advance. Benefits The Conflict Center, 4140 Tejon, Denver. Facebook.com/enchantedgardenstour.

 

Sat, June 7 & Sun June 8

6/7: Xeriscape Garden Tour of Pueblo Gardens &6/8: Xeriscape Garden Tour of Pueblo West, 9am-3pm. Free.Info & map at www.secwcd.com, www.westernlandscape.org and pueblo.colostate.edu and at the library and garden centers

 

Sun, June 8

Historic Riverside Cemetery Heritage Iris Program. 3pm. Speaker Lowell Baumunk; includes tour of Riverside’s Iris garden. Free. Reservations required. Riverside Cemetery, 5201 Brighton Blvd, Denver. FairmountHeritageFoundation.org or (303) 322-3895.

 

Fri-Sat, June 13-14

Longmont Symphony Guild’s 37th Annual “Festival of Flowers”. 10am-4pm. Tour five outstanding gardens, enjoy refreshments, and support the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. For ticket information, visit longmontsymphony.org or (303) 772-5796.

 

Sat, June 14

Fairmount Cemetery Heritage Rose Tour. 9am. The largest heritage rose collection in North America, explore its history at the height of bloom with Panayoti Kelaidis and Peggy Williams. $25 advance sales only. Fairmount Cemetery, Chapel in the Pines, 430 S Quebec, Denver. FairmountHeritageFoundation.org or (303) 322-3895.

 

Greater Park Hill Garden Walk. 10am-4pm. Twelve stunning gardens and art work to stroll or bike to. ParkHillGardenWalk.blogspot.com.

Old Town Lafayette Garden Tour. 10am-4pm. Info: visit OldTownLafayette.com or (303) 819-4697.

Timberline Gardens See the Desert Bloom Tour. 11am-noon. Guided tour of Timberline’s cactus arboretum. Free. 11700 W. 58th Ave, Aurora. 11700 W 58th Ave, Aurora. TimberlineGardens.comor (303) 420-4060.

 

Sat, June 21

Junior League of Fort Collins 32nd Annual Terrance and Garden Tour. 8am-4pm. Beautiful landscapes that educate and inspire gardeners about the plants and flowers that make a garden a true living space. $18. JLFortCollins.org or (970) 482-0594.

 

Sat-Sun, June 21-22

Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour. 10am-5pm. Tour the private green spaces tucked away in the nation’s largest Victorian residential neighborhood. $15 day of tour, $12 advance purchase, disc for groups. 1402 St James Ct at Magnolia Ave. Info: OldLouisvilleGardenTour.com.

 

Sat, June 28

Annual Greeley Garden Tour. Self-guided tour of several outstanding gardens around Greeley. $15. Proceeds provide Nursing Scholarships for UNC nursing students. GreeleyGardenTour.org or (970) 330-1664.

11th Annual Loveland Garden Tour & Art Show. 8am-2:30pm. This year, the tour features the gardens in Prairie Trails Subdivision. The tour includes a sale of “art for the garden” and a silent auction of paintings by local and regional artists. $15. Proceeds benefit Loveland Youth Gardeners. LovelandYouthGardeners.org or (970) 669-7182.

 

Sat-Sun, June 28-29

8th Annual Parade of Ponds. 9am-5pm. Self-guided charity pond and waterfall tour with tour stops throughout the Colorado Springs area. $5. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs, Pikes Peak Region. Purelyponds.com or (719) 896-0026.

 

Mon-Sun, July 7-13

Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. A week of wildflower splendor in charming, historic Crested Butte. Info: www.CrestedButteWildflowerFestival.com.

 

Sat, July 12

Wheat Ridge Garden Tour. 8am-2pm. A self-guided tour through 8 exciting neighborhood gardens. Proceeds will go to Wheat Ridge Feed The Future, Wheat Ridge Public Art Fund and Wheat Ridge HS Instrumental Music Booster. Info: WheatridgeGardenTour.com or (303) 319-0690.

 

Sat, July 19

Strings Guild Kitchen & Garden Tour, Steamboat Springs, 8:30am-3:30pm. Start off with a light breakfast and visit 7 homes each with live music. Self guided tour, $30 in advance, $35 day of; VIP $65 includes van transportation w/a master gardener and a gourmet lunch. Info: Steamboat_Chamber.com or (970) 879-0880.

 

Sat, July 26

Summit County Annual Garden Club Tour. Private & public gardens in the county’s southern area. Start with a breakfast of homemade goods. Info: SummitCountyGardenClub.org or Info: (970) 468-6640.

 

Sat-Sun, July 26- 27

Rob Proctor’s Private Home Garden Tour Sponsored by Tagawa Gardens, 6am-noon. $10 suggested donation to benefit Dumb Friend’s League. A magical space w/stunning perennials and hundreds of container gardens. 3030 W 46th Ave, Denver. Tickets for pre-sale ($9 w/ Tagawa donating $1) at Tagawa Gardens, 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial. Registration and info: tagawaGardens.com or (303) 690-4722.

 

Sat-Sun, Aug 2-3

Fox Open Garden Tour. 9am-3pm. Tour beautiful gardens displaying waterwise gardening techniques for the high altitude Colo climate. $20. Proceeds benefit CSU Ext/El Paso Cty. Tickets at Colo Springs garden centers. Info: call Don at (719) 306-2235.