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October 2, 2016

2016 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Fall Jamboree

IMG_1905Fort Collins Nursery’s 8th Annual Giant Pumpkin Contest will take place on Sunday, October 2nd. For the 2nd year, we are an officially sanctioned contest site for the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth which brings a whole new level of competition and some truly staggering entries! Growers will compete for cash prizes and awards in multiple prize categories. this year we will continue to grow our event by adding live music and a beer tent to our exciting festival atmosphere that will provide fun for the entire family!

Click here to see photos and winners from last year’s contest.

Competition Categories & Prizes

  • Heaviest Pumpkin 
    • Heaviest Pumpkin 1st  Place- $1,700
    • Heaviest Pumpkin 2nd Place- $900
    • Heaviest Pumpkin 3rd Place- $400
    • Heaviest Pumpkin 4th Place- $200
    • Heaviest Pumpkin 5th Place- $100
  • Heaviest Squash 1st Place- $200
  • Howard Dill (Prettiest Pumpkin) 1st Place- $50 Fort Collins Nursery Gift Card
  • Longest Long Gourd 1st Place- $50 Fort Collins Nursery Gift Card
  • Kids Division (13 and under) 1st, 2nd, 3rd place- Prize  & Ribbon

Rules and Regulations

Registration/ Check-in

Contestants may register and check in between 10-11am. Weighing will begin at 11:30.  Contestants are encouraged to check in early so we can begin weighing in a timely fashion. Registration forms are available at Fort Collins Nursery the day of the event or on page 1 of the GPC weigh-off handbook available here.

Jamboree Features

 

Sponsors & Affiliates

Dodge, Crysler, Jeep webCO Biz BankNoCoPumpkinGrowersRichards Seely and Schaefer

 

 

 

 

SavorySpiceShopHouskaImprints

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KRFC-Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Sponsors

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Start:
October 2, 2016 10:00 am
End:
October 2, 2016 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

October 8, 2016

Orchid Obsession (Presented by Hi-Country Orchid Club)

OrchidObsession_NLAre you an orchid enthusiast or interested in learning more about these fascinating flowers? Be sure to mark your calendar to join us for 2 days of fun and learning.  The event features a variety of activities including an orchid show, American Orchid Society judging, sales and seminars.

 

Features

 

Click here to register

 

Schedule

Saturday, October 8th

  • 9:00am: Show opens
  • 9:45am: Prepare for AOS judging
  • 10am-12pm: Workshop: What Makes a Prize-Winning Orchid
  • 12pm-2pm: Repotting Demo
  • 1pm-3pm: Workshop: Orchids for Beginners
  • 6:00pm: Show closes for the day

Sunday, October, 9th

  • 11:00am: Show opens for the day
  • 1pm-2pm: Workshop: Growing Orchids Under Lights
  • 4:00pm: Show closes/ Breakdown
Start:
October 8, 2016
End:
October 9, 2016
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

October 8, 2016

What Makes a Prize Winning Orchid?

PrizeWinningOrchidThe American Orchid Society is a world-renowned society that recognizes superior forms of orchids. The judges, all over the country, Canada and at select locations throughout the world, evaluate orchid flowers for aesthetically superior varieties and for especially well grown plants. The judges are coming to Fort Collins so you can take advantage and learn about some of the best orchids in the world. Expect a short slide program that will show you by example what the outcome of judging is, and watch a moderated judging session in which locally grown plants will be evaluated. With luck, you will be witness to an award that will be published internationally! Have a plant in bloom? Bring it in and the judges will consider it, too!

Click here to register

Start:
October 8, 2016 10:00 am
End:
October 8, 2016 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

October 8, 2016

Orchids for Beginners

OrchidsForBeginnersHave you bought an orchid in bloom and want to re-bloom it? Received an orchid as a gift and now you would like to learn how to take care of it? Or maybe you are just curious and want to learn which orchids grow well in the Colorado living room. Join us for a class about how and where to grow orchids, with a practical focus on media, water, fertilizer and light. Take advantage of the vendors present at the event and use the opportunity to see or buy plants with guidance of local experts. Remember to bring your questions!

About the Instructor

Mark_vanderWoerdMark shares his passion for orchids by educating the general public about growing orchids, attending regional orchid shows, and teaching local growers and the general public about what makes a great orchid.  Mark has been a member of a number of orchid societies in the country and is a past president of the local Hi-Country Orchid Club in Fort Collins, an active member of the Denver Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society. He has been growing orchids for more than 25 years and has visited many shows and events.

Click here to register

Start:
October 8, 2016 1:00 pm
End:
October 8, 2016 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St.
Fort Collins, , 80524
Cost:
$5

October 9, 2016

Growing Orchids Under Lights

GOUL_Photo-3In his talk “Growing Orchids Under Lights”, Ken will explain the different types of lights that can be used for growing orchids.  He will talk about the light spectra that plants need for best growth and blooming.  He will then talk about which lights are the most efficient at providing the light plants need.  He will also discuss issues of heating and cooling, humidity, watering and other factors that are encountered when growing orchids under lights.

About the Instructor:
GOUL_Photo-2Ken Wilson started growing orchids 30 years ago in New Jersey. He has been a member of Deep Cut Orchid Society in Central New Jersey and has helped manage greenhouses that produced award-winning orchids. Ken specializes in Paphiopedilums and more recently Phragmipediums. He rents space for his larger plants at Fantasy Orchids and grows seedlings from flask in a small grow room at home, primarily under lights. He has been experimenting with T5 fluorescents and LED lights to see which grow seedlings the fastest.

KenWilsonKen has is an electrical engineer who worked for Bell Labs for 18 years and for the past 15 years has had his own consulting business. He currently works on renewable energy and energy efficiency for a non-profit in Boulder.

Click here to register

Start:
October 9, 2016 1:00 pm
End:
October 9, 2016 2:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$5

October 16, 2016

Spooky Fairy Gardening

SpookyFairyGarden_WebClick here to register

Add some fright for your fairies! We have a great selection of Halloween-themed accessories to make a delightfully frightful fairy garden, just in time for Halloween! With just a few houseplants, a gravestone, a ghost, and a little imagination, you can have your very own miniature haunted world! Choose from common miniature plants including foliage and succulent varieties combined with a selection of mini garden accessories and materials to create your ideal tiny wonderland. These indoor gardens are perfect for anyone, young and old, looking for a touch of magic to add to their home.

Don’t want to make a Halloween themed garden? All our regular fairy garden accessories will be available as well – the only limit is your imagination!

This is a hands-on 90 minute class, ideal for parents/children or grandparents/grandchildren. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (One child per registered adult.)

Start:
October 16, 2016 11:00 am
End:
October 16, 2016 12:30 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$40

October 16, 2016

Spooky Fairy Gardening

Click here to register

Add some fright for your fairies! We have a great selection of Halloween-themed accessories to make a delightfully frightful fairy garden, just in time for Halloween! With just a few houseplants, a gravestone, a ghost, and a little imagination, you can have your very own miniature haunted world! Choose from common miniature plants including foliage and succulent varieties combined with a selection of mini garden accessories and materials to create your ideal tiny wonderland. These indoor gardens are perfect for anyone, young and old, looking for a touch of magic to add to their home.

Don’t want to make a Halloween themed garden? All our regular fairy garden accessories will be available as well – the only limit is your imagination!

This is a hands-on 90 minute class, ideal for parents/children or grandparents/grandchildren. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (One child per registered adult.)

Start:
October 16, 2016 1:30 pm
End:
October 16, 2016 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$40

November 19, 2016

Jim’s Sharpening Service

JimSharpeningJim Stallard Sharpening Service is back at Fort Collins Nursery for our Holiday Open House! This will be your lone opportunity to catch him until next spring.  Bring your shovels, trowels, spades, hoes, lawn mower blades, knives and scissors.  Jim will provide you with excellent service and probably a laugh or two as well.

 

 

Start:
November 19, 2016 10:00 am
End:
November 19, 2016 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

November 19, 2016

Holiday Open House 2016

HolidayOpenHouse_Santa_NLJoin Fort Collins Nursery for our annual Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Enjoy holiday music and treats as you shop for the perfect live or fresh-cut tree, unique decorations, ornaments and more. Santa will be available for tykes with toy lists throughout the event (bring your camera for photos).

Our expert staff will help you customize a holiday wreath for your home or as a great gift (deliverable throughout the U.S.). Speaking of gifts, you’ll find something special for everyone on your list, from children’s gardening tools to creative woodland creatures to the perfect poinsettia.

Check back for more details.

 

Start:
November 19, 2016 10:00 am
End:
November 19, 2016 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

November 20, 2016

Classic Fairy Gardening

Red_Fairy_Bike_WEBClick here to register

Make something ordinary extraordinary! With just a few houseplants, a miniature patio set, a pebble stone path and a little imagination, you can have your very own miniature fantasy world! Choose from common miniature plants including foliage and succulent varieties combined with a selection of mini garden accessories and materials to create your ideal tiny wonderland. These indoor gardens are perfect for anyone, young and old, looking for a touch of magic to add to their home.

This is a hands-on 90 minute class, ideal for parents/children or grandparents/grandchildren. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (One child per registered adult.)

Start:
November 20, 2016 1:30 pm
End:
November 20, 2016 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$40
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