Colorado Gardening Calendar - Upcoming Classes & Events
Colorado State University offers degree programs in Horticulture, Landscape Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. A few colleges and technical schools, including Delta-Montrose Technical College, Pickens Tech in Denver, Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling & Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs also offer certificate, degree or non degree programs in horticulture and related topics while others, like Arapahoe Community College, offer classes on home landscaping, xeriscape, etc.
Colorado Master Gardener Program. Many county offices of Colorado State University’s Cooperative Extension Program offer Master Gardener Training as well as other trainings in horticulture, composting, agriculture & natural resources. Go to www.cmg.colostate.edu/index.shtml to download the Master Gardener Training schedule. For information about other programs contact your local cooperative extension office. A Native Plant Master Program is also offered. To register, see www.conativeplantmaster.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens offers an extensive roster of classes and lectures, and a distinguished botanical illustration program. The DBG also offers the Rocky Mountain Garden Certification Program (www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3580). There are numerous Colorado garden clubs (check www.coloradogardenclub.org) and plant societies (focusing on roses, herbs, native plants, water gardens, cacti & succulents, carnivorous plants, African violets & gesneriads, orchids, fungi, etc.) some of which have presentations, speakers, and plant sales that are open to the public. 1/21, 2/18, 3/27: Free days at DBG York St. 2/1, 3/1, 4/5: Free days at Chatfield
Denver Rose Society hosts monthly meetings open to the public at the Denver Botanic Gardens Plants Society Building. 2/9: Roses & Rose Gardens of Vancouver Island w/ Matt Douglas, 10am; 3/9: How to Really See a Rose, w/ Joan Franson, 10am; 4/11 Bugs & Fungi, the Good, the Bad & the Ugly,w/ David Ingram, 7pm. Denverrosesociety.org 303 880-7415
Front Range Community College offers a two-year degree program and a one- or two-semester certificate in Landscaping and Horticulture Technologies (frontrange.edu/enroll). Their new Urban Agriculture Management Certificate requires 30 credits of horticulture classes and provides students with the knowledge and skills to start their own urban farms or work as technicians for companies that develop and maintain urban farms. Classes are taught at both Larimer (Fort Collins) and Westminster campuses of FRCC. See frontrange.edu for more info.
Permaculture Certification Courses
Colorado Rocky Mt Permaculture (CRMPI) offers their 27th Annual Design Certification Course June 16-30 near Basalt, w/ Peter Bane, Jerome Osentowski, Adam Brock & Kelly Simmons $50 off for Early bird payment by Feb. 15, $50 discount for couples. www.crmpi.org
Pikes Peak Permaculture offers their 3rd full Permaculture Design Certification Course. Meets 3rd weekend of each month from March, 2013 through October 2013 with 3 design sites through the course… all in the Pikes Peak Region. Students will learn principles and ethics, design techniques, and will participate in creating permaculture design of a local site. Info: Brian Scott Fritz at 720-838-7131, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Permaculture Design Certification Course, March 15-31 (303) 908-3054, LyonsFarmette.com
Classes, Workshops & Presentations
Aurora Water Conservation. 4/9: Prepare for your Design Consultation, 10-11:30am; 4/11: Xeriscape Basics, 5:30-7:30pm; 4/13: Xeriscape Start to Finish, 9-11am. (location varies). Info: Diana Denwood at 720-859-4407 or email email@example.com
Birdsall & CO. 4/13: Vegetables & Herbs Container Gardens, edible & beautiful w/ Annie Huston,10 am-noon. Free, 10% off materials during class. RSVP req. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303 722-2535.
The Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder offers 8 free Water-wise Landscaping Seminars, taught by local experts. Topics range from “Xeriscaping for Beginners” to “Creating a Lush Xeriscape”. Register at www.conservationcenter.org or 303.999.3820 ext. 217. Their affordable Gardens-in-a Box are now available. Order online at Gardenstore.ConservationCenter.org or call 303.999.3820 ext. 222.
Colorado Water Garden Society 4/18: Bringing the Tropics to Your Backyard Pond, 6:30- 9, Denver Botanic Gardens, Gates Hall, Free. Spectacular Tropical Waterlilies, Marginals, and Other Water Plants! colowatergardensociety.org 303-843-9619
Denver Botanic Gardens. 4/1 & 4/22: Rocky Mt Hort: Gardening Principles, 6:30 pm; 4/6: Keys to Home Vegetable Gardening, 10 am; 4/7: Getting the Most Out of Your Home Garden, 9 am; 4/13: Hardy Bulbs for Colorado, 1 pm, Rose Pruning Made Easy, 1 pm, Understanding Front Range Soils, 9 am; 4/18: Growing Food In Raised Beds, 10 am: 4/18: Seven Principles of Water Smart Gardening, 6 pm; 4/20: Berries & Grapes for the Front Range, 10 am; 4/20: Building My First Kitchen Garden, 9 am; 4/20: Conifers for CO, 9 am; 4/27: Composting & Soil Building, 10 am; 5/1: Early May classes: Hooked On Hardscape: Decks & Arbors/Pergolas, 6 pm; 5/3: Mountain Food Growing 101, 9 am; 5/3: Passive Solar Greenhouse Growing, 2 pm; 5/4: Growing David Austin English Roses on the Front Range, 10 am; 5/4: Sustainable Greenhouse Design, 9 am; 1007 York St, Denver. botanicgardens.org
Denver Rose Society, 4/11: Dave Ingram on Bugs & Fungi- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 7pm at Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Society Building, free. 303-880-7415 Denverrosesociety.org
Echter’s Garden Center. 4/13: Vegetable Gardening Know How, 9:30-11am, Selecting the Best Trees & Shrubs for CO Gardens, 1-2:30pm, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, 3-4:30pm; 4/14: Gardens that Inspire & Inform1-2:30pm, Get Your Feet Wet!, 3-4:30pm; 4/15: Pond in a Pot 6-7:30pm; 4/16: Living Wall Planter Workshop 6-7:30pm, space limited! $100 materials fee; 4/17: Perennials for Lower Maintenance, 6-7:30pm; 4/20: Advantages of Xeriscape Gardening, 9:30-11am, High Fashion Meets Horticulture, 1-2:30pm, Hanging Basket Demo,, 3-4:30pm; 4/21: Ornamental Grasses, 1-2:30pm, Roses. 3-4:30pm. All free. 5150 Garrison St. Arvada 303-424-7979, echters.com
Fort Collins Nursery. 4/13: Fairy Gardening, 10-11:30am, Mini Cacti/Succulent Gardening, 1-2:30pm. $35. FortCollinsNursery.com 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. (970) 482-1984
The Gardens on Spring Creek. 4/3: Plant Select®: Water-wise, Beautiful Gardens, 6:30-8:30pm, $8; 4/6: The Care & Pruning of Roses, 10am-12pm, $18, Water Saving Succulent Planters, 1-3pm, $35; 4/13: Succession Planting, 1-2pm, Growing Great Greens, 2:30-3:30pm, Using Chickens for Pest Control, 4-5pm, all $12; 4/20: The Botany of Beer, 1-3pm, $18; 4/27: Just Drip It! 10am-12pm, $8, Wet & Wonderful Water Gardening, 2-4pm, $18. 2145 S Centre Ave, Ft. Collins. (970) 416-2486 or fcgov.com/horticulture for more info and to register.
Growing Gardens. 4/7: Beekeeping Series Class II: Understanding the Bees, 9-12; 4/16: Intro to Gardening II, 9-11:30am, $35. Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO. More info & to register: Growinggardens.org
Harding Nursery. 4/6: Xeriscape Gardening Principles, 9am, Suitable Plants for our Local Climate, 11am; 4/13: Low Water Requirement Plants, 9am, Perennial Gardening, 11am; 4/20: Broaden Your Plant Pallet- Incorporating under-used plants for the Pikes Peak region, 9am, Roses- Learn types & tips to grow, 11am. 721 N. Powers Blvd, CO Springs.
Harlequin’s Gardens 4/7: Intro to Backyard Beekeeping 10am, Building Topsoil & Fertility, 1:30pm; 4/13: Do-It-Yourself Drip Irrigation, 10am, Growing Veggies & Herbs in Containers, 1:30pm; 4/14: Raised-Bed Gardening 101, 10am, Successful Low-Water Landscaping, 1:30pm; 4/20: Intro to Rainwater “Harvesting”, 10am, Making your Garden/Landscape Truly Sustainable, 1:30pm; 4/21: Successful Home Composting, 10am, Fearless Pruning in the Rose Garden, 1:30pm; 4/27: Berries & Small Fruits for CO, 10am, Gardening for Bees, Birds & Wildlife, 1:30pm; 4/28: Permaculture: What the Heck Is It? 10am. Pre-registration advised. Harlequin’s Gardens Sustainable Nursery, Boulder 303-939-9403 HarlequinsGardens.com
Hudson Gardens. 4/4: What Your Roses Want You to Know, 6-8pm, $27, The Inn at Hudson Gardens; 4/27: Birding in the Gardens: Birds of Spring, 8-11am, $10, meet at the Gift Shop. To register: shop.hudsongardens.org or 303-797-8565. 6115 S Sante Fe Dr, Littleton.
Jared’s Nursery & Garden Center. 4/6: Organic Gardens, 10am; 4/7: Roses, 1pm; 4/13: How to Attract Hummingbirds w/ Tom Bush, 10am, Herbs, 11:30am; 4/14: Ponds, Dealing w/ Green Water, 1pm, Koi Ponds, 2pm; 4/20: Garden Design w/ Sharon Breay, 1pm, Paths & Edging, 10:45; 4/21: Let’s Grow Lavender, 1pm; 4/27: Perennial Gardening, 10am, Container Gardening, 1pm, Growing Cool & Warm Season Vegetables w/ Jane Shellenberger. 10500 W Bowles Ave, Littleton (303) 979-6022. More info & classes at jaredsgarden.com
Lyons Farmette. 4/7: Farm Fresh Skin Care, 3-5pm, $40; 4/14: Cheese Making Class, 9am-1pm, $45; 4/23: Practical Home Composting & Vermiculture, 6-9pm, $25. (303) 746-6266, LyonsFarmette.com
Paulino Gardens. 4/6: Free Class on Turf w/ Brian Zurliene, 10am; 4/13: Herb Class w/ Betty Cahill, 10am; 4/20: Rose Class w/ Dave Ingram. Free. Call (303) 429-8062 to register. 6300 Broadway, Denver. paulinogardens.com
Pine Lane Nursery. 4/13: Fairy Gardening, 10-11:30am, $10 Includes instruction & soil. 10% off supplies, or bring your own container & items. Parents & children welcome. 18200 Apache Dr, Parker. To register: 303-841-3009. Pinelanenursery.com
Sturtz & Copeland. 4/10: Water Wise Gardening w/ Hannah, 6:15-8pm. Learn the basics of water-wise gardening, which plants to choose, and how to water efficiently for the CO climate. $15. 2851 Valmont Rd, Boulder. (303) 442-6663 sturtzandcopeland.com
Tagawa Garden Center. 4/6: Cool & Warm Season Vegetable Growing in Colorado w Jane Shellenberger, 11am-12pm, Orchids 101, 1-2pm, Designing Your Vegetable Garden, 2:30-3:30pm; 4/7: Best Plants for Colorado Ponds, 11-12, Sustainability, Organics, GMOs & the Kitchen Garden Pharmacy, 1-2pm. To register call (303) 690-4722. 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial More classes and info at tagawagardens.com
Timberline Gardens. 4/6: Basic Pruning: Principles of Pruning w/ John-Paul Maxfield, 9-10am, Urban Farming 101, 12-2pm; 4/7: Composting 101, 10am-12pm, Walls & Walkways, 1-3pm; 4/13: What To Do When w/ Kelly Grummons, 9-11am, Permaculture w/ John-Paul Maxfield, 12-2pm; 4/14: Aromatherapy, 12-3pm; 4/20: Vines: Inglorious Beasts & Gorgeous Treats, 9-11am, The Grass Class, 12-2pm; 4/21: Bulbs 101, 10am-12pm; 4/27: Landscaping w/ Natives w/Marcia Tatroe 10am-12pm. 5/4: Kelly’s Picks: Favorite Vegetable Varieties, 9-11am. Classes $10. TimberlineGardens.com 11700 W. 58th Ave, Aurora. (303) 810-1017
Birdsall & CO “Watering w/ Champagne” free class series, 2nd Sat ea. month. 4/13: Vegetables & Herbs Container Gardens. 10 am-noon. RSVP email@example.com or 303 722-2535. 1540 S. Broadway, Denver.
Denver Botanic Gardens April Classes. 4/6: Keys to Home Vegetable Gardening, 10 am; 4/7: Getting The Most Out of Your Home Garden, 9 am; 4/13: Hardy Bulbs for Colorado, 1 pm, Rose Pruning Made Easy, 1 pm, Understanding Front Range Soils, 9 am; Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. botanicgardens.org
Growing Gardens April Classes. 4/7: Beekeeping Series Class II: Understanding the Bees, 9-12; 4/16: Intro to Gardening II, 9-11:30am, $35. Growing Gardens Greenhouse 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO. For more info & to register: Growinggardens.org
All Day Workshops & Symposia
April 13, Sat
Rocky Mt Botanical Artists Spring Show & Sale at Tagawa Gardens, 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial. Details TBA.
Night of Wine & Roses at Tagawa Garden Center, 4-7pm. The first time our own-grown, potted garden roses will be available for sale to the public! Special wine tasting & sale by Balistreri Vineyards, this evening only! Specialty cheeses, crackers & fruit compliments of the Tagawa family! 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial
Fantasy Orchid Day at Fort Collins Nursery. Fantasy Orchids will be here with rare varieties, education, and demonstrations throughout the day. We are offering Specials that you will not want to miss! FortCollinsNursery.com 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. (970) 482-1984
Earth Day w/ Hoe & Hope Garden Club of Longmont (biggest in the state!), 8:30 am-12:30. Presentations on Growing Roses, Community Gardening, Basic Flower Design/Arranging, Bees in the Backyard, Trees for the Front Range, Growing Apples, Growing in Shade, Growing Dahlias, Learning to Bird Watch, Sq. Foot Gardening & more! At Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave. Space is limited. Free but must register at 303 651-8411 or www.ci.longmont.co.us Info: 303 776-1060.
Spring Open House at Fort Collins Nursery. 10-3pm. Face painting, music by Michael Kirkpatrick, and special sales to celebrate spring! FortCollinsNursery.com
Pikes Peak Herb Fest – More than 45 vendors, classes, silent auction, free chai. Beth El Mennonite Church, 4625 Ranch Rd, Colorado Springs. 9-4 – $3 adults, $1 seniors/students, 12 & under free. peakherbfest.com/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation Gardens Fair at Northern Water, Berthoud. 10-2, free. Seminars on water-efficient landscaping, expert resources, gardens tours and updates on new technologies. www.northernwater.org, 800 369-7246. Good opportunity to visit their display gardens too.
Plant Shows & Sales
Fantasy Orchids Show & Sale! 9am-5pm at Tagawa Gardens. (303) 690-4722. 7711 South Parker Rd, Aurora. Tagawagardens.com
13th Annual Growing Gardens Community Plant Sale, 8am-4pm. Early Spring Edition! Organic cool weather veggie starts grown in our community greenhouse, lettuces, spinach, pansies, violas, & many more! All proceeds benefit Growing Gardens’ programming. 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder, CO growinggardens.org
Rocky Mt. Chapter of the N American Rock Garden Society Annual Plant Sale. 9-3pm, Free w/ DBG admission. Mitchell Hall at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver.
City of Lakewood Greenhouses Yearly Perennial Plant Sale, 8-11am or sell-out. Unusual perennials, shrubs & grasses. 9556 W. Yale. Info: 720-963-5240. Visit the Gardens @ Kendrick Lake too.
13th Annual Growing Gardens Community Plant Sale, 8am-4pm, All proceeds benefit Growing Gardens’ programming. At the greenhouse, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder, CO growinggardens.org
Sat, May 11
Loveland Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale & Antique & Artisan Market., 9am-1pm Selling: Annuals, Seasoned Perennials, Herbs, Vegetables, featuring Heirloom & Drought tolerant plants, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Vintage Garden Collectables & Artisan Market, door prizes. Master Gardener on site. All Saints Episcopal Church, 3448 North Taft Loveland.
Boulder Garden Club Plant Sale, 9 am-noon. New Location – Unitarian Universalist Church, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder. BoulderGardenClub.org
Happy Transplants Garden Club 13th Annual Plant Sale 9-3 or until sold out. Vectra Bank parking lot, SW corner Irving & 72nd Ave, Westminster. Perennials, Annuals, Vegetables, Herbs. Rain date May 12.
Greeley Morning Garden Club Plant & Bake Sale. 8am – 1pm, Centennial Park. 23rd Ave. and 22nd St. Greeley, CO
Rocky Mt High School Mother’s Day Plant & Bake Sale, 9:00am., 1300 Swallow Rd, Ft. Collins. Benefit The Kayla Marie Adsit Memorial Foundation, Beautiful hanging baskets & plants! Entertainment by Music in Our Schools Student Showcase.
Sat-Sun, May 18-19
Front Range Org. Growers Annual Plant Sale. 9 am-1pm, rain or shine. Huge variety of organic veggie & herb plants. At Denver Presbyterian Center, 1710 S. Grant St, Denver 80210. Info: 303 744-7871, www.GardenFROG.org
Rocky Mt Botanic Gardens Annual Plant Sale! Great selection of perennials, shrubs,herbs,veggies, and annuals. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking lot of Steamboat Mt Natural Foods, 454 Main St. Lyons. www.rmbg.org