And the winner is … Pete Mohr with a 794-pound gourd. Mohr surpassed all other entries in Fort Collins Nursery’s annual event, taking the top prize of $500. Other winners are Margie Davis with a 350-pounder; Julie Bonneville, 307 lbs; Don Shelly, 301 lbs; and Oliver McCalmount, 199 lbs. Thanks to all who participated – we hope to see everyone back next year for more fun and an even bigger contest.
What’s New at the Nursery
By Heather Chappell
Shades of green have returned to the Front Range and some of you are probably already reaping the benefits of a well planned fall and early spring. This is such a magical time of year; birds are nesting with new broods, buds are swelling and bursting, and shoots have sprouted in the garden with the promise of a tasty bounty. Working at the nursery gives me a front row seat to the magic but also reminds me that for others, the trials of daily life can trump these small pleasures. Fortunately, we live in a community with an incredible variety of non-profit organizations dedicated to making life better for people so that everyone can afford a moment to appreciate the magic around them.
As the Marketing Director at Fort Collins Nursery, I have the privilege of working closely with many amazing non-profit organizations in Fort Collins. Over the past few years, I have been able to collaborate with some of these extraordinary groups on fundraising events and special projects. Organizations like The Growing Project, Friends of Happy Heart Farm, Project Self-Sufficiency, Loveland Youth Gardeners and the Junior League along with countless others that change people’s lives and make our community such an awesome place to live!
One of our most popular events is Ladies’ Night, coming up on June 5th. We have partnered with Project Self-Sufficiency (PS-S) to help them raise funds for their worthwhile programs. Their mission is to assist low-income, single parents in their efforts to achieve economic independence and become free from community and government assistance while building and maintaining strong, healthy families. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that, right?
We create an environment here at the nursery that is all about community and togetherness for Ladies’ Night. This year, in addition to the regular live music, food, drinks, silent auction, chair massage, tarot readings and specials, we have invited some great community organizations to set-up as vendors: Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary, Crescendo Olive Oil, Raspberry Hill Flowers and Ten Thousand Villages. The evening is sure to be a fun time for all who attend and a great benefit to our friends at PS-S. Join us from 4-7pm on Thursday, June 5th and invite your friends and neighbors to come along too!
When it comes to giving of yourself in order to benefit another, I think that Maya Angelou said it best… “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” I feel blessed that part of my job includes creating opportunities to help others. I like to think of the nursery as a prism, bending light and casting rainbows in all directions of this lovely little town we call home.
It’s time to get into the garden and get busy Colorado. PlantSomething Day is June 7th! So plant something colorful or cool, large or small. Plant Something Colorado has the tips, to-dos and deals to help you do it all!
Special coupons are redeemable at Fort Collins Nursery May 10 – June 7!
- May 10 – May 16 – Take 20% off any perennial in a 4” or larger pot, limit purchase to six
- May 17 – May 23 – Take $10 off any tree regularly priced at $89 or more
- May 24 – May 30 – Take 20% off any size herb and tomato plant; limit purchase to six.
- May 31 – June 6 – Take 20% off ornamental grass containers 6” or larger
- June 7 – Take 20% off ornamental grass containers 6” or larger
With this amazing weather and the promise of long summer days ahead, it’s easy to get excited about adding beauty and bounty to your yard! We have put together some projected availability lists for some of our plants such as fruits, rock garden plants, vines and shade & ornamental trees. Take a look and get inspired about the possibilities! Please call us to verify availability.
Jim Stallard Sharpening Service is back at Fort Collins Nursery! Bring your shovels, trowels, spades, hoes, lawn mower blades, knives and scissors. Here is Jim’s Schedule for the 2014 season:
Friday, April 4 • 10 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, May 7 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, May 14 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, May 21 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, May 28 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 4 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 11 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 18 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, June 25 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 2 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 9 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 16 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 23 • 9 am – 3 pm
Friday, July 25 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, July 30 • 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, August 6 • 9am – 3pm
Wednesday, August 13 • 9am – 3pm
Wednesday, August 20 • 9am – 3pm
Wednesday, August 27 • 9am – 3pm
Our Fairy Gardening classes are hands-on 90 minute classes, ideal for parents/children, grandparents/grandchildren and anyone young at heart. Class fee includes: Instruction, container, soil, gravel, plants, accessories, and after care instruction. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (One child per registered adult.) 6 spots per class are available. Classes are $35 per spot. Click on a class below for a full description or click here to register.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – Classic Fairy Gardening
Fairy Gardening: Make something ordinary extraordinary! With just a few houseplants, a miniature patio set, a pebble stone path and a touch of fairy dust and whimsy, you can have your very own fairy garden! A tranquil forest scene or a secluded garden set up will be sure to attract fairies, good luck and other miniature wonders. These indoor gardens are perfect for anyone, young and old, looking for a touch of magic to add to their home.
Terrarium Gardening: Turn a simple glass container into your own self-sustained, petite world! Learn how to properly put together a glass terrarium that creates the perfect growing environment for plants and adds life to your office desk, kitchen nook or child’s room. Come and find out why people are so hooked on these whimsical and easy-to-grow plants.
Miniature or Theme Gardening: A slight difference in plant and accessory selection can open up a world of endless possibilities in miniature gardening. Most people are familiar with fairy gardening but there are many other options for creating tiny worlds within your own home. Using glass bowls and vases as terrariums can add a touch of class and elegance indoors. You can recreate a miniature version of your own yard or a natural space you admire through miniature perennial gardening that will come back year after year. Lava rock, cacti and succulents make terrific prehistoric paradises through dinosaur gardening. All of these alternatives to fairy gardening can be explored during our normal fairy gardening classes so let your imagination go wild and explore all the potential your “green space for a small place” has.
Do you want your garden to be as sensual and stimulating as possible? Are you planning your vegetable garden and looking for ideas? Have you been wondering how to turn your thirsty landscape into a water-wise paradise? Maybe you’d like your yard to bee more friendly for our pollinating friends.
For answers to your deepest gardening queries, join our 2014 Winter Workshops and expand your horizons. Classes start January 18th, 2014, so don’t delay, register today!
by Cortney Moore
The holidays seem to bring out the best in humanity. We see people dropping money in red buckets with the bell ringers or packing food and toys into big boxes wrapped like presents. Families choose tags off trees to buy presents for the less fortunate and more people take the time to volunteer.
Take a few moments and contemplate the best of your holidays. Let everything melt away and recall your best holiday memory. My favorite memories are wrapped up in poinsettias, fresh wreaths, cut trees, shiny keepsake ornaments and the people with whom I’ve shared such precious moments.
At Fort Collins Nursery we focus on the feel good side of the holidays. We offer a space that is friendly and warm for you to get your holiday fix. Our dedicated staff is pride of its long history of creating holiday memories.
When you pull into our parking lot a forest of gorgeous greenery is waiting for you. Step out of the car and the smell of evergreen meets your nose. Our tree lot is manned by hard working folks with a smile who know the importance of picking out the right tree. From cut trees in all sizes and varieties to live Christmas trees (if you are looking for something more permanent), we’ve got them all.
Enter the Garden Shop through our hall of trees showcasing keepsake ornaments. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee, tea, hot coco or cider! Our garden shop greeters can help you select the perfect gift or take your order for a handmade wreath that can be shipped anywhere in the United States. They might even offer you a peak through our holiday glasses and all the lights you see turn to candy canes, reindeer or snowmen.
Now that you have something warm to sip on, wander through the gift area and eventually you will discover the Design Center where the magic happens! The ladies are busily working on the wreaths we ship across the United States. Once they have wowed you with their skills, you can discuss having them create a design for you.
As you turn from the design center you see pretty poinsettias blooming red, pink, white and many other colors. The mini poinsettias are always a hit and make the perfect hostess gift for all your holiday partying. We also have holiday plants like holiday cactus, Norfolk pine and more. Our plant experts are available to answer any questions you have and help you add some blooms and life to your home. Don’t forget to visit the fairies in our fairy corner before you leave and be enchanted this holiday season.
There is something for everyone at Fort Collins Nursery. Stop by and share your best holiday memory or join us in creating a new one.
by Gerry Hofmann
Now that the weather is definitely ‘fallish’ & even sometimes a bit like winter, many gardeners turn their attention to the cousins of our outdoor landscapes, namely houseplants. They manage to tide us over the cooler winter months quite nicely, if we just give them a little preventative attention.
Some plants have had a summer vacation of their own outside, enjoying the extra light & air for a few months. If you had any in this category, a couple of things to watch out for can keep trouble at bay: spraying them with tepid water, including the undersides of the leaves in the kitchen sink to dislodge any dirt. It may also be a good idea to knock the smaller ones out of their pots to check for insects looking for a free ride inside. Give them a good drink while you’re at it, since inside heated air is very drying, which will draw water out of the soil, too. Some leaves need removing if they have gotten sunscald or show evidence of slug or insect damage. When you trim, clean the scissors or clippers (ideally with rubbing alcohol) between cutting different plants so you are not transmitting anything from one to the other.
Most houseplants species originate in the hot, humid tropics. They are happiest in those conditions; however, that can be a tall order to replicate with our over-heated homes. Restoring some of the humidity with frequent misting along with situating plants near kitchens & bathrooms will replicate some of that.
Before looking for brand new houseplants, investigate where you are most likely to site them. Are the spots on the south or west side, where strong sunlight extends? If so, you may find the most success with succulents. These are thick-leafed plants, which are utilized to store water within. About the only way you can kill a succulent is to overwater it.
Speaking of watering, many people take the ‘more is better’ approach with sketchy results. Especially in sealed-bottom pots, where the extra water has no place to go, too much watering prevents the roots from accessing oxygen. Basically, the plant drowns. The best way to prevent this is to limit watering to 1-2 times a week, deep-watering when you do. Smaller plants may need water more often than larger ones. (If you find a plant wilting long before this, it may be root-bound. That means that it has used up a lot of the materials in the soil, making a bigger plant & roots along the way. Find a bigger pot for it.) The easiest way to check for water is to check the soil moisture just below the surface dirt; if it doesn’t stick to your fingers, it’s pretty dry. You can also just lift the pot (unless it’s too big) to check the weight, a dry plant weighs considerably less……after a little practice you will be able to tell quite easily.
If you are in the market for a larger plant & have a sunny spot, consider a citrus plant. A lemon tree, for example, can bring an aura of the warm Mediterranean into your home, which is especially welcome during the oncoming winter months. Citrus plants are relatively care-free & pest-free and may even yield some bonus fruit. The blossoms of many smell quite sweet too. Fort Collins Nursery has a wide variety of citrus plants, including: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, kumquats, tangerines, key limes, and more!
Whether it is fragrant garland, a Colorado Christmas tree, or a beautiful hand decorated wreath to adorn your own door or that of a friend, Fort Collins Nursery has what you need for Holiday decorating. We pride ourselves in carrying the freshest Holiday Greenery including…
- Cut & Live Christmas Trees
This year we have “spruced” up our wreath offering by bringing you new and updated styles at reduced prices; the Traditional, Festive, Celebration, and Deck the Halls wreaths. Our Fort Collins Nursery wreaths can be shipped within the United States, so send someone you love a touch of Colorado today! Order your wreaths online by visiting our online store: Fort Collins Nursery Online Store!