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April Colorado Gardening Calendar - Upcoming Classes & Events


Aurora Water Conservation. 4/5: Spring Garden Maintenance, 10-noon; 4/8: Design Consultation Service, 5:30-7pm; 4/12: Xeriscape Basics-Spanish, 10:30-noon, Wildscaping 101: Become a Habitat Hero, 1-3pm; 4/16: Xeriscape Start to Finish, 5:30-7pm; 4/19: Grow Food, Save Water and Tomatoes, 10-noon; 5/3: Irrigation 101, 9:30-11:30am. (location varies). Registration required: aurorawater.org or (720) 859-4407.

Birdsall & CO. 4/12: Annual Container Planting for Sun, bring your favorite container and soil to plant in it, 10:30-12:30. Admission includes all plant material for your container. Register by Apr 5, morgan@birdsallgarden.com; 4/26: DIY Bespoke Container Fountain, make your perfect fountain w/ Stephanie Tardiff. 10:30-noon. 15% off any full price container in store that day. 1540 S Broadway, Denver 80210. Info@birdsallgarden.com or (303) 722-2535.

Colo Agricultural Leadership Foundation. 4/19: All About Tomatoes, w/ Susan Kentroti, master gardener, 9-11am. Free. 2330 S I-25, Castle Rock 80104. thecalf.org or (303) 748-6748.

Colo Federation of Garden Clubs. 4/10-11: Environmental Studies School, Course III, Series III “Conserving Our Resources”. 8am-3:30pm. Registration required. CMG & CFGC member $30, non-member $40. Checks payable to CFGC, c/o Gary Belew, 1540 Chesham Cir, Colo Springs 80907, 719-246-1009. Even location: Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave, Colo Spr 80906, (719) 577-7000. Info: Coloradogardenclubs.org or (303) 832-6390.
Denver Botanic Gardens. 4/5: Building My First Kitchen Garden, 9am; Pruning and Training Your Rose Bushes, 10am; 4/8: Rky Mtn Horticulture, 6pm, The Outliers: 11 Difficult Vegetables to Grow, 6:30pm; 4/10: Keys to Home Veggie Growing, 6pm; 4/11: Seed, Soil Sun and Water, 3pm; 4/12: Companion Planting, 12:30pm, Passive Solar Green House Growing, 3pm; 4/13: Sustainable Green House Design, 9am; 4/16: Berries and Grapes on the Front Range, 6pm, Making Floral arrangements, 6:30pm; 4/17: Lecture “Green Garden Plants of 2013”, 7pm; 4/19: Beginning Bonsai, 9am, Wild Things Workshop, 10am; 4/24: The Nimble Vegetable Gardener, 6:30pm; 4/26: Conifers of Colorado, 9am, Understanding Front Range Soils, 9am; 4/29: Bungalows and Gardens, 6pm; 5/3: Principles of Pruning, 9am, Shrub Roses for Every Garden, 10am; 5/13: In The Field: Plant Conservation and Monitoring, 10:30am; 5/14: Growing Food in Raised Beds, 6pm. 1007 York St, Denver. botanicgardens.org or (720) 865-3500.
Denver Rose Society. 4/10: How to Attract More Birds More Often for More Fun w/Scott Menough of Bird Talk AM710, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Arvada. 7pm. Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Society Building, 1007 York St, Denver 80206; 4/26: Pruning Workshop, 9:30-12:30pm, Jefferson Cty Detention Center, 200 Jefferson County Pkwy, Golden 80401; May 8: Easy Steps to Composting w/Judy Elliot, Denver Urban Gardens. 7:00pm. Colo Federation of Garden Clubs, 1556 Emerson St., Denver. Free. Info: Denverrosesociety.org.

Desert Canyon Farm Open Days. 4/26: Growing & Using Culinary Herbs, 10-11am, Growing Patio Container Gardens, 1:30-2:30pm; 4/27: Gardening with Small Livestock, 10-11am, Plants for a Wildlife-Friendly Landscape, 1:30-2:30pm; 5/3: Herbs for Tea & Fragrance, 10-11am, Plant an Edible Garden with Children, 1:30-2:30; 5/4: Solar Dying of Natural Fibers w/Plants, 10-11am, Plant a Fairy or Miniature Garden, 1:30-2:30pm. 1270 Field Ave, Canon City. Info: desertcanyonfarm.wordpress.com.

Echter’s Greenhouse. 4/12: Fruit in the Garden, w/Curtis Utley, CSU Ext Jefferson Cty, 9:30-11am. Xeriscape Gardening, w/authors David Winger & Connie Ellefson, 1-2:30pm, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme…w/Donna Shelley, Herb Society of America, Rky Mtn Unit 3-4pm; 4/13: Colorful Annuals & Beautiful Edibles, w/Krystal Keistler, Echter’s Garden Ctr, 1-2:30pm, Roses-America’s Favorite Flower, w/Peggy Williams, Consulting Rosarian, Denver Rose Society, 3-4:30pm; 4/14: Pond in a Pot, w/Jonathan Scarpelli, Echter’s Container Specialist, 6:30-7:30pm; 4/15: Planting for Success, w/Brian Anglin, Echter’s Landscape Specialist, 6-7pm; 4/16: Selecting Perennials for Lower Maintenance, w/Harriett McMillan, Echter’s Horticulture Specialist, 6-7:30pm; 4/19: The Magic of Container Gardening W/Punch & Pizazz, w/Susan Stauber, Ball Flora Plants, 9:30-11am, Growing Vegetables for Fun & Flavor, w/Keith Funk, Gard’N-Wise, Ask the Garden Pros, KEZW & Dig in PBS 12, 1-2:30pm, Hanging Basket Demonstration, w/Chris Doolittle & Barb Isaacson, Echter’s Annual Specialist and Container Designer. 3-4:30pm. 5150 Garrison St, Arvada 80002. Info: echters.com or (303) 424-7979.

Fort Collins Nursery. 4/12: Classic Fairy Gardening, 10-11:30am. $35, Easter Fairy Gardening, 1-2:30pm. $35. Registration required. 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Info: FortCollinsNursery.com or (970) 482-1984.

The Gardens on Spring Creek. 4/5: A Tale of 10 Insects, w/Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, CSU Entomology Dept, 10am-noon. $18 ($3 discount for members); 4/12: Landscape Design with Rky Mtn Native Plants, w/Jim Tolstrup, ED, High Plains Environmental Ctr and State Outreach Chair, Colo Native Plant Society,10am-noon. $8; 4/12 & 4/19: Just Drip it!, w/Dillon Hancock, horticulturalist, The Gardens on Spring Creek, 1-4pm. $14; 4/19: Organic Gardening, w/Dr. Tony Koski, CSU. 10am-noon. $18 ($3 discount for members); 5/3: Fragrant Gardens, w/Sherry Fuller, Horticulturalist, The Gardens on Spring Creek. 10-11:30am, $15 ($2 discount for members); Vertical Gardening, w/Michelle Provaznik, director, and Sherry Fuller, horticulturalist, The Gardens on Spring Creek. 1-2pm. $12 ($2 discount for members). 2145 S Centre Ave, Ft. Collins. fcgov.com/horticulture or (970) 416-2486 for more info and to register.

Growing Gardens. 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3: Beekeeping Series Classes, w/Tracy Bellehumeur. 9-noon. $60 per class or $400 for 8-class series (thru Oct 4). Growing Gardens Greenhouse, 1630 Hawthorn Ave Boulder, CO. More info & to register: Growinggardens.org/Beekeeping

Harding Nursery. 4/5: Xeriscape Gardening Principles, 9-10:30am, Low Water Plants,10:30-11:30am; 4/12: Perennial Gardening 9-10:30am, Plants for Full Year Color, 10:30-11am; 4/19: Fairy Gardening, 9-10am. 721 N. Powers Blvd, CO Springs. www.hardingnursery.com or (719) 596-5712.

Harlequin’s Gardens. Various classes available this summer. Visit their website for updates. Harlequin’s Gardens Sustainable Nursery, Boulder. HarlequinsGardens.com or (303) 939-9403.

Horticultural Arts Society of Colo Springs. 4/8: Power of Permacultures, w/Rhonda Thompson. 7-8:30pm. Free. Colo Technical Univ, Rm 256. Info: hasgardens.org.

Hudson Gardens. 4/26: Birding in the Gardens: April Bird Walk, 8-11am. $8 member/$10 non-member; 5/3: Easy Rose Pruning and Care Thru the Season, 10am-noon. $21 member/$24 non-member. Space limited, registration required: shop.hudsongardens.org or (303) 797-8565 ext. 306. 6115 S Sante Fe Dr, Littleton.

Jared’s Nursery & Garden Center. 4/5: How to Attract Hummingbirds, 10am, Square Foot Gardening, 1pm; 4/12: Songbirds for the Backyard, 10am, Summer Flowering Bulbs, 1pm; 4/19: Veggie Gardening, noon; 4/26: Great Gorgeous Container Gardens, 10am, Create Gorgeous Container Gardens, 1pm. 10500 W Bowles Ave, Littleton Info: jaredsgarden.com or (303) 979-6022.

Lyons Farmette. 4/6: Getting Your Garden Started, 1-3pm, $36; 4/15: Fermentation, w/Willow and Mara of Esoteric Foods, 6-9pm. $25; 4/19: Making Medicinal Skin Care w/Ingredients From Your Garden, 10am-noon. $25; 5/4: Impromptu Harvest to Table in 20 Minutes, 5-7pm. $35. Payment is required for registration. Send checks to The Lyons Farmette, PO Box 312, Lyons, CO 80540. RSVP: Betsy@lyonsfarmette.com, LyonsFarmette.com or (303) 746-6266.

Nick’s Garden Center. 4/26: Water Garden Workshops, Build a Pond in a Day, 9am-4pm; 4/27: Build a Pondless Waterfall in a Day, 9am-4pm. $20 per person, includes lunch. Registration required, call (303) 696-6657. 2001 S Chambers, Aurora 80014. Info: nicksgardencenter.com.

Paulino Gardens. 4/5: Plant Select w/ Betty Cahill, 10am. Free; 4/12: Roses: Pruning for Blooming w/ Dave Ingram, 10am. Free. Call (303) 429-8062 to register. 6300 Broadway, Denver. paulinogardens.com.

Stonebridge Farm. 4/12: Backyard Viticulture introduction to growing grapes, 2-5pm, $45; 4/26: Grapevine Pruning 2-5pm, $45. Lyons. John Martin, jmartin@greenspeedisp.net or (303) 823-0975.

Sturtz & Copeland. 4/6: Beekeeping for Beginners, w/Steve Lechner, Busy Bee Farm, 10am-2pm. Registration required. $50, includes lunch; 4/17: Spring Fever Floral Design, w/Autumn. 1pm. Free; 4/19: Tips for Terrific Tomatoes, w/Ryan Schmitt, Botanical Interest. 11-12:30pm. Free. 2851 Valmont Rd., Boulder. Sturtzandcopeland.com. Registration frontdesk@sturtzandcopeland.com or (303) 442-6663.

Tagawa Garden Center. 4/5: Terrarium Workshop, 10am-noon, Raised Bed Gardening 101-Beginners, 1-2pm; 4/6: Fairy Gardens for Kids, 10:30-11:30am, Soil Building, 1-2pm; 4/12: Getting Your Pond Ready for Spring, 11am-noon, Raised Bed Gardening-Intermediate, 1-2pm; 4/19: Emerald Ash Borer Info, w/Robert Cox, CSU Ext Agent, Arapahoe Cty, 10-11am; 4/26 & 4/27: Spring Lawn Care Mini Classes, 10-10:30am, noon-12:30pm, 2-3pm; 4/27: Heirloom Tomatoes, 10-11am, Tomatoes 101, noon-1pm. 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial. Registration and info: tagawagardens.com or (303) 690-4722.

Timberline Gardens. 4/5: Basic Pruning: Principles of Pruning w/Kelly Grummons, 9-11am; 4/12: Air Layering, w/Kelly Grummons, 9-11am; Composting 101, w/Kathy DeMane, 1-3pm; 4/13: Victory Garden Revisited w/ Kelly Grummons, 10am-noon; 4/19: Planting by the Moon, w/Mary Lilja, 9-11am, Walls and Walkways, w/Charles Richardson, 1-3pm; 4/26: Gardening with Wildlife w/Marcia Tatroe 9-11am, The Waay Alternative Garden, w/Kenton Seth, 1-3pm; 4/27: Growing Roses 101, 10am-noon, Introduction to Crevice Gardens, w/Kenton Seth, 1-3pm; 5/3: Landscaping with Natives, w/Marcia Tatroe, 9-11am; 5/4: Container Vegetable Gardening, w/Kelly Grummons, 10am-noon. Classes $10. 11700 W. 58th Ave, Aurora. TimberlineGardens.com or (303) 810-1017.

Wilmore Nursery. 4/6: Caring for Orchids, 1pm; 4/13: Low-Light Houseplants, 1pm; 4/19: Cool Season Veggies, 10am; 4/26: How to Make Your Own Compost, 10am. Free. 711 E County Line Rd, Littleton 80122. Wilmorenurseries.com or (303) 795-5339.


April 4-6
Perennial Palooza at Fort Collins Nursery. 9-5pm. 50% off 1-gal perennials (excludes trees, shrubs). 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Info: FortCollinsNursery.com or (970) 482-1984.

April 17
Get Wet – Water Gardening Fun in 2014! Co-sponsored by Colorado Water Garden Society and Denver Botanic Gardens, “Water: Fluid Form in the Garden” w/Ann Komara, Associate Professor and Landscape Chair, Dept of Landscape Architecture, Univ of CO Denver. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Mitchell Hall, Denver Botanic Gardens (use after hrs entrance north of Visitor Ctr). Info: Bill Powell, (303) 355-8098 or wbpow@comcast.net, www.colowatergardensociety.org.

April 18
Night of Wine and Roses. 4-7pm. The first night roses are available for purchase! Featuring Denver’s Balistreri Vineyards. 20% off everything in stock this evening only. Tagawa Gardens, 7711 South Parker Rd, Info: tagawagardens.com or (303) 690-4722.

April 19
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! 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Info: FortCollinsNursery.com or (970) 482-1984.

April 26
Arbor Day Garden Expo. 10am-2pm. Gardening classes and demonstrations, purchase a xeric plant and/or tree in honor of Arbor Day. City of Aurora Water, Aurora Xeriscape Demo Garden, 15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora. Info: aurorawater.org or (720) 859-4407.

Spring Open House at Fort Collins Nursery. 10-4pm. Face painting, great food from The Rolling Bistro and special sales to celebrate spring! 2121 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins. Info: FortCollinsNursery.com or (970) 482-1984.

Tomatopalooza! Everything you ever wanted to know about tomatoes with Tagawa Gardens experts and CSU Ext-Arapahoe Cty Colorado Master Gardeners. 10am-3pm. 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial. Info: tagawagardens.com or (303) 690-4722.

Plant Sales

The Center for Resource Conservation in Boulder. Affordable water-efficient Gardens-in-a-Box kits for flower and vegetable gardens are available. Order online at Gardenstore.ConservationCenter.org.

April 5
Fantasy Orchids Show & Sale! 9am-5pm at Tagawa Gardens. 7711 South Parker Rd, Centennial. Tagawagardens.com or (303) 690-4722; Fantasyorchids.com.

April 25-26
Rocky Mtn. 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. Info: rmcnargs.org.

May 3
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.

May 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
14th Annual Growing Gardens Community Plant Sale. 8am-4pm, Now three full weeks of fabulous sales! All proceeds benefit Growing Gardens’ programs. At the greenhouse, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder. growinggardens.org.

May 10
Boulder Garden Club Plant Sale. 9 am-noon. At a New Location – E Boulder Senior Ctr, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder 80303. BoulderGardenClub.org.

May 17
Herb Society of America-Rky Mtn Unit & Front Range Gardeners Annual Plant Sale. 9am-1pm. Huge selection of organically grown herbs, tomatoes, vegetables, annuals and perennials. Denver Presbytery Center, 1710 S Grant, Denver, 80210. Info: frogardeners@comcast.net.

May 17-18
CSU Ext. Colo Master Gardener Plant-A-Palooza, Sat 8-3, Sun 10-3. Short season tomatoes, productive New Mexico chilies, annuals, perennials. 888 E Iliff Ave, Denver. (720) 913-5270.

May 24
Hotel de Paris Museum Day. 9am. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, join in the reading of Gov John Hickenlooper’s proclamation of Hotel de Paris Museum Day on May 24, the opening of the 2014 tour season. Open daily May 24-Sept 30; weekends Oct 1-Dec 14. 409 6th St, Georgetown 80444. Info: hoteldeparismuseum.org or (303) 569-2311.