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January 28, 2017

2017 Escape to the Tropics Houseplant Sale

bromeliad_nlAre you feeling the Winter blues? Add a little green to your world with the Fort Collins Nursery Escape to the Tropics Sale, Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2017.

Come shake that winter chill with a visit to our lush and temperate greenhouse. Get lost in our aisles while on safari for a perfect tropical plant. From orchids to bromeliads to citrus plants, we are sure to have just the plant to suit your home and lifestyle.

All houseplants will be discounted 30% and pottery 20% from Jan. 28-Feb. 5, 2017. Stop by early for the best selection.

Start:
January 28, 2017
End:
February 5, 2017
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

January 28, 2017

2017 Winter Workshops

2017winterworkshops_nlEvery Saturday, Jan 28 – Feb 25

Our highly anticipated 2017 Winter Workshop are almost here! This year’s courses cover many exciting gardening/ horticulture topics and are presented by some of Colorado’s top experts in each field. You’ll learn new techniques and improve your gardening skills while the rest of the world waits longingly for Spring.

 

Houseplants 101
Jan. 28 10am-noon Beginner $18
by Scott Jeffries (Owner Emerald Leaf Wholesale Greenhouse)

Bonsai: From Soil Mix to Design
1/28 1-3pm Beginner-Intermediate $18
By Dr. Darrell Whitley(Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society)

Greenhouse Gardening
2/4 10am-noon Beginner-Intermediate $18
by James Connell (Owner Sunspot Greenhouse Company)

Growing in Colorado For Newcomers & Transplants
2/4 1pm-3pm Beginner-Intermediate $18
by Jane Shellenberger (Publisher & Editer – Colorado Gardener/Author)

Do’s and Don’ts for Building Soil Health
2/11 10am-noon Intermediate $18
by Dr. Jean Reeder (Instructor/Consultant/Retired USDA)

Edible Landscaping
2/11 1pm-3pm All Levels $18
by Mary Miller (Gardens on Spring Creek Garden & Outreach Coordinator)

Getting Hyper-Local with our Food
2/18 10am-noon Beginner $18
by Sari Kimbell (Marketing Consultant/ Chef)

Dryer Plants for a New Landscape Era
2/18 1pm-3pm Intermediate $18
by Kelly Grummons (Owner coldhardycactus.com/ Propagator)

Cheering Up the Winter Garden: Plants for Color, Form, Texture and Wildlife
2/25 10am-noon Intermediate-Advanced $22
by Lauren Springer Ogden (Designer/Author)

Emerald Ash Borer
2/25 1pm-3pm Beginner-Intermediate $18
by Alison Stoven O’Connor (CSU Extension)

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Start:
January 28, 2017
End:
January 28, 2017
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

January 28, 2017

Houseplants 101

Course Description:

This class will discuss which plants do best in high light and low light areas; which like to go dry and which prefer to stay on the wetter side; pests and how to treat for them; how to prune plants (and which do not take well to pruning); how to transplant; Q&A to follow.

Presented by Scott Jeffries:

Scott Jeffries is the owner of  The Emerald Leaf Wholesale Greenhouse, a wholesale distributor of interior foliage, blooming plants, cactus and succulents for 13 years. The Emerald Leaf brings in plant material from well over 60 growers in Florida, California, Oregon, Hawaii, and Texas. They have grown their facility from one employee in a 4,200 sq. ft. greenhouse to 17 employees in a 42,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and they supply plants to nurseries/garden centers, florists and interior plant scapers in seven states.

Experience Level: Beginner

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Start:
January 28, 2017 10:00 am
End:
January 28, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

January 28, 2017

Bonsai: From Soil Mix to Design

Course description:

Successfully growing bonsai starts with selecting the right plants. The workshop will focus on creating bonsai with 2 types of plants: 1) Indoor bonsai using Ficus, 2) Outdoor bonsai using Spruce and Pine nursery stock. The first task in bonsai is keeping the plant alive, and that starts with using a modern soil mix. In fact, many modern bonsai soil mixes do not use any organic material at all. The last task and ultimate goal in bonsai is to create an artistic design. Of course, the final design also depends on the plant itself. Concepts in bonsai design such as trunk shape, branch placement, and base flare will be reviewed and explained.

Presented by Dr. Darrell Whitley:

Darrell Whitley has been growing bonsai since 1992 (and the first bonsai he created in 1992 is still alive). In 2006 he was named the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Artist of the year. Darrell pioneered the use of Colorado Blue Spruce as a bonsai and has conducted a number of bonsai workshops in different parts of Colorado. (Dr. Whitley is also Chair of the Computer Science Department at  Colorado State University.)

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
January 28, 2017 1:00 pm
End:
January 28, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

February 4, 2017

Greenhouse Gardening

Course Description:

If you have dreamed about having your own greenhouse, join us for an exploratory journey into the realities of creating your own. In this class we will cover basic design elements, site preparation and placement, cost considerations, what types of plants you can grow, and how to operate your greenhouse throughout the year.

Presented by James Connell:

James Connell is the owner of  Sunspot Greenhouse Company, a Fort Collins based custom greenhouse builder.

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
February 4, 2017 10:00 am
End:
February 4, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

February 4, 2017

Growing in Colorado – For Newcomers & Transplants

Course Description:

The challenges of gardening at altitude in a semi-arid climate that´s prone to wild temperature swings and extremes can be daunting, especially for those who are new to the region. But there are advantages and opportunities too. Instead of trying to recreate the gardens of your former home, embrace the Rocky Mountain West! Create gardens in tune with your environment. Learn about xeriscape and growing beautiful, well-adapted plants in the right places, as well as building soil to grow delicious food in the veggie garden.

Presented by Jane Shellenberger:

Jane Shellenberger was once a transplant from the East Coast. She has been the Publisher & Editor of  Colorado Gardener newsmagazine for 20 years, and is the author of Organic Gardeners Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West.

Experience Level: Beginner – Intermediate

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Start:
February 4, 2017 1:00 pm
End:
February 4, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

February 11, 2017

The Do’s & Don’ts for Building Soil Health

Course Description:

Whether your passion is your lawn, your flowers, your trees and shrubs, or your vegetable garden, all gardeners have one thing in common: they want their plants to be healthy and thriving. But the health of your plants is strongly dependent on the health of your soil–if your soil isn’t healthy, your plants won’t be either. We’ll discuss what soil health is, how to build and maintain it, and which management practices to avoid that degrade soil health.

Presented by Dr. Jean Reeder:

Dr. Reeder worked 30 years for the USDA Agricultural Research Service as a soil scientist conducting research studies on the properties of soils in Colorado and Wyoming. Since retiring, she works as a consultant for the CSU Soil Testing Lab, and as a soils instructor for the Colorado Master Gardener Program and the Denver Botanic Gardens Rocky Mountain Gardening certification program. Her passion these days is helping gardeners understand as much about their soil as they do about their plants, and how to manage soil health to achieve healthy landscapes.

Experience Level: Intermediate

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Start:
February 11, 2017 10:00 am
End:
February 11, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

February 11, 2017

Edible Landscaping

Course Description:

Explore simple ways to incorporate edible crops in your ornamental landscape. Learn creative approaches to enhance your landscape and enjoy a harvest of bounty! This presentation will focus on creating function, beauty and interest in adding food producing plants in your garden setting.

Presented by Mary Miller:

Mary Miller has been gardening in our northern Colorado area for many years. She is the Community Garden and Outreach Coordinator at the Gardens on Spring Creek, the community botanic garden.

Experience Level: All Levels

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Start:
February 11, 2017 1:00 pm
End:
February 11, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

February 18, 2017

Getting Hyper-Local with our Food

Course Description:

Keeping a pulse on our local food system and where we are going in Northern Colorado is no easy task. Learn about the innovation and collaboration that is going on in our community; some of which may surprise you. We will discuss the many roles that contribute to a vibrant local food economy and why it is important to maintain this self-sufficiency and eat local. Resources for finding local food and local organizations doing work to promote the local food system will be highlighted.

Presented by Sari Kimbell:

Sari has worked in many sectors of the food industry, cultivating a passion for local food. In 2009 she joined Grant Family Farms. She began a local produce wholesale program that delivered directly to local restaurants along the Front Range. In 2010 she took over as CSA Director and grew the CSA to 5,000 members. As the Marketing Director for the Fort Collins Whole Foods Market promoting local food and community involvement was at the heart of her work. When The Northern Colorado Food Cluster began in 2015, she championed the non-profit and chaired the Marketing Committee.

In 2015 she started Cultivate Consulting. As a Marketing Consultant she focuses on promoting the local food system. Her clients include The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm, Evolved Kitchen and The Northern Colorado Food Cluster. In addition, Sari also teaches the kids classes at The Cooking Studio, exposing kids ages 10-15 to local food whenever possible.

Experience Level: Beginner

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Start:
February 18, 2017 10:00 am
End:
February 18, 2017 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

February 18, 2017

Dryer Plants for a New Landscape Era

Course Description:
Kelly Grummons will discuss his work looking for new, more drought tolerant plants for the Great Plains landscape.

Presented by Kelly Grummons:

Over the last 30 years, Kelly has devoted his life to discovering, breeding and introducing many new plants to the market. Kelly was the chief horticulturist and co-owner of Timberline Gardens in Arvada, CO which has recently closed after 17 years as a rare plant business. He currently owns the mail order website coldhardycactus.com where he sells over 100 varieties of winter hardy cacti and other succulents to customers all over the United States. He also works with Brown’s Greenhouse in Arvada, CO where he is developing an extensive perennial plant program for their wholesale program. Kelly develops and markets new plants like Agastache ‘Blue Blazes’ (one of the “best new plants” in 2011 in Horticulture Magazine), Achillea ‘Gloria Jean’, Salvia ‘Windwalker Royal Red’, Penstemon ‘Coral Baby’, Big Bluestem Grass ‘Windwalker’, Walk In Beauty Prickly Pear Hybrids and many other low-water varieties. His Dog Tuff™ grass received the Green Thumb Award from the Direct Gardening Association for one of the best new plants for 2015 and was selected by the Plant Select program to be introduced as a great new plant in 2016.

Experience Level: Intermediate

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Start:
February 18, 2017 1:00 pm
End:
February 18, 2017 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18
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