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January 20, 2018

2018 Winter Workshops

Every Saturday, Jan 20 – Feb 17

Our highly anticipated 2018 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.

 

 

Long-Blooming Perennials for Northern Colorado
Jan. 20  10am-noon  Beginner-Advanced $22
by Lauren Springer Ogden (Designer/ Author/ Plantswoman)

Soil Testing as a Landscape Management Tool
Jan. 20 • 1-3pm • Intermediate-Advanced • $18
By Dr. Jean Reeder (Instructor, Consultant, Retired USDA)

Getting Your Vegetable Garden in the Ground
Jan. 27 • 10am-noon • Beginner-Intermediate • $18
by Andrea Vanderbilt (Owner Teach Me To Grow)

Growing in Colorado For Newcomers & Transplants
Jan. 27 • 1pm-3pm • Beginner-Intermediate • $18
by Jane Shellenberger (Publisher & Editer – Colorado Gardener/Author)

The Science and Culture of Coffee
Feb. 3 • 10am-noon • Intermediate • $18
by Dr. Jean Reeder (Instructor/Consultant/Retired USDA)

Houseplant Care
Feb 3 • 1pm-3pm • Beginner-Intermediate • $18
by Randy Meyer (Owner Tropiflora)

Pruning Basics for Shrubs & Small Trees
Feb 10 • 10am-noon • Beginner-Intermediate • $18
by Tom Throgmorton (Owner Throgmorton Plant Management)

Seeing and Thinking Like a Landscape Designer
Feb 10 • 1pm-3pm • Beginner-Advanced • $18
by Robyn Dolgin (Owner Wild Iris Living, LLC)

Native Plants for Bees, Butterflies, and Beauty!
Feb 17 • 10am-noon • Beginner-Advanced • $18
by Pat Hayward (Former Executive Director Plant Select/ Instructor)

Totally Terrific Tomatoes
Feb 17 • 1pm-3pm • Beginner-Advanced • $18
by Kathy Hatfield (Owner Raspberry Hill Farm)

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Start:
January 20, 2018
End:
January 20, 2018
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

January 20, 2018

Long-Blooming Perennials for Northern Colorado

Course Description:

When gardeners dive into the fascinating and diverse world of perennials, they are often disappointed to find that, unlike annuals, most perennials only bloom for a few weeks. Some perennials push that envelope. Learn about the long-blooming stars that flower tirelessly for over a month, often even longer. Get to know peak performers for every season and for various amounts of sunlight and moisture.

Presented by Lauren Springer Ogden:

Longtime northern Coloradoan and Fort Collins Nursery workshop instructor Lauren Springer Ogden is a designer, author, propagator, and plantswoman. She has designed gardens at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farm, and the Gardens on Spring Creek where she is on staff. Her plant introductions to the trade include several Plant Select plants.

Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced

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Start:
January 20, 2018 10:00 am
End:
January 20, 2018 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$22

January 20, 2018

Using Soil Testing as a Landscape Management Tool

Course Description:

How much fertilizer should I add?  Do I need to add some compost?  Why are the leaves of my plants burnt? 

For all components of your landscape (veggie garden, tree and shrub areas, lawn, and perennial ornamental garden areas) a soil test is the best way to check the growing potential of your soil.  It will guide you in determining which nutrients are deficient, and sometimes more importantly, which nutrient levels are excessive.  The soil test will also tell you whether your soil’s organic matter content is sufficient to support healthy plant growth; whether your soil is too salty; or whether your soil’s pH is acceptable for the plants you want to grow.  Come learn how to interpret a soil test report and how to use the data for making management decisions that promote the health of your landscape plants.

Presented by Dr. Jean Reeder:

Dr. Reeder is a self-described “soils geek”.  She worked 30 years for the USDA Agricultural Research Service as a soil scientist conducting research studies on the properties of rangeland and disturbed-land ecosystems 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-Advanced

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Start:
January 20, 2018 1:00 pm
End:
January 20, 2018 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$18

January 27, 2018

Getting Your Vegetable Garden in the Ground

Course Description:

Learn the steps of setting up a successful food-producing garden! From site selection to soil amending, irrigation, and layout considerations, we will untangle the mysteries keeping you from creating a thriving and productive garden and teach you the fundamentals of setting your garden up for success. Walk away with the knowledge you need to get your vegetable garden in the ground and get growing!

Presented by Andrea Vanderbilt:

Andrea Vanderbilt is a CSU alum with over 6 years of experience in the horticulture industry.

She is the founder and owner of Teach Me To Grow, a horticulture company that specializes in the design and maintenance of edible gardens and landscapes in urban environments and in garden education. She is passionate about the varied benefits of growing food in a backyard setting and she lives to see more people growing their own food by providing support and education for new gardeners in a fun, engaging way! Her favorite crop to grow is tomatoes and she believes that kale is the #1 superfood

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
January 27, 2018 10:00 am
End:
January 27, 2018 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 27, 2018

Growing in Northern 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:
January 27, 2018 1:00 pm
End:
January 27, 2018 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 3, 2018

The Science and Culture of Coffee

Course Description:

Coffee is an important agricultural commodity contributing significantly to the economies of many developing countries. Of the 125 species of Coffea, the two main commercial species used in the production of the beverage are C. arabica (Arabica coffee) and C. canephora (robusta coffee). Arabica coffee accounts for about 60% of the total coffee production. Sarada will talk about the botany and production of coffee and the research she has been involved in.  

Presented by Dr. Sarada Krishnan:

Dr. Sarada Krishnan is Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives at Denver Botanic Gardens where she is responsible for directing the design and maintenance of the horticulture displays and collections, and for developing and leading global projects. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from India, where the focus was on tropical horticulture. She has a Master of Science degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University, with a research focus on the propagation of native Colorado flora specializing in plant tissue culture. Her doctorate research at University of Colorado, Boulder, focused on the conservation genetics of wild coffee (Coffea spp.) in Madagascar. Sarada owns coffee plantations in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. In 2016, she served as the coffee expert in developing the Global Strategy for the Conservation of Coffee Genetic Resources in collaboration with the Global Crop Diversity Trust and World Coffee Research. The strategy was published in July 2017. She is a faculty affiliate with Colorado State University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and serves on several local, national and international boards and committees.

Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced

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Start:
February 3, 2018 10:00 am
End:
February 3, 2018 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 3, 2018

Houseplant Care

Course Description:

Does houseplant care all seem like guesswork? It can if you don’t get to know your plants, but there’s really no mystery to keeping house plants healthy, and there’s no such thing as a brown thumb, only a lack of know-how.  Most houseplants are simply plants that once grew and thrived in tropical climates and/or in greenhouses.  The “secret” to success with taking care of houseplants is to attempt to recreate the same ideal conditions as they would enjoy in their native habitat. Unlike their ancestors in the wild, house plants are completely dependent on you for their care.

This class will cover houseplant basics like indoor plant lighting, watering, humidity, fertilizing, nutrition, grooming, diseases, pests, repotting, and orchid care.

Presented by Randy Meyer:

Randy Meyer, founder of Tropiflora, has had a lifelong love affair with plants. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion with clients and helping them bring the benefits of the natural world indoors. Randy studied horticulture and floriculture (flowering and ornamental crops) at the University of Wisconsin. After college, Randy moved to Portland, Oregon and worked for a wholesale grower of tropical plants, an interior plantscaping company, and was the head gardener for a thirteen-acre botanical garden.  His interest in tropical plants eventually drew him to Hawaii where he worked with the native flora as caretaker for a three-acre property.

Randy and his family have called Fort Collins home since 1998 where he started Tropiflora in 2007. He blends his plant care experience with a study of emerging worldwide research which demonstrates the many measurable health benefits of having plants in the home or workplace. His knowledge and expertise are unique, valuable resources for the Northern Colorado region.

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
February 3, 2018 1:00 pm
End:
February 3, 2018 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 10, 2018

Pruning Basics for Shrubs & Small Trees

Course Description:

Pruning basics for shrubs and small trees to improve vigor and structural strength.  The class will cover pruning basics, tools to use and timing.  We will also discuss healthy pruning techniques and methods to maintain structural strength.  Pruning is not a one-time fix all.  It is an ongoing process continuing as plants grow and develop.

Questions are encouraged and participants may bring pictures of their problem plants for advice.

Presented by Tom Throgmorton:

Tom Throgmorton has been growing plants and gardening along the Front Range for more than 25 years, including positions at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Fort Collins Nursery. Tom currently operates Throgmorton Plant Management, a landscape construction, maintenance and consulting company.  He is a certified Colorado Nursery Professional and certified Colorado Greenhouse Grower.  You can hear Tom on his weekly segment, In the Garden, on KRFC 88.9 FM at 8am on Saturdays.

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
February 10, 2018 10:00 am
End:
February 10, 2018 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 10, 2018

Seeing and Thinking Like a Landscape Designer

Course Description:

Considering that everything in our interior and exterior environment affects us, it is important to pay attention to detail.  In this class you’ll learn tips for pulling all the elements of your landscape together so it looks like it was designed with the big picture in mind vs. a more random approach.

We will cover the importance of curb appeal and how the smallest things can affect your peace of mind and daily mood.  The concepts of harmony and balance, the main guiding principles of Feng Shui, will also be addressed.

Because most of our high impact plants are dormant six months of the year, a four season garden is essential for a beautiful, well rounded landscape.  We’ll look at how to use the basic elements of design throughout the year for optimal aesthetics as well as bring in other concepts that add to the magical nature of your landscape. 

Presented by Robyn Dolgin:

Robyn Dolgin has been a horticulturist for over 35 years, working at nurseries, orchards and indoor plant stores.  She started her first consulting business in 1981 and now operates Wild Iris Living, LLC.  They create beautiful, four season interest, water conserving landscapes and highly productive edible gardens with design, consultation, pruning and maintenance services. She loves working with nature and the energy of space to create landscapes that are both aesthetically pleasing and uplifting to those who view or spend time in them.  At heart, Robyn is an educator, plant advocate and writer.

Robyn is well known for her past work at the Gardens on Spring Creek and the thought-provoking Coloradoan Newspaper gardening column she wrote for several years.  Robyn initiated the innovative GardenFest garden tour as well as a Gardener’s Journal, an insightful weekly commentary for community radio station KRFC-FM when it first took to the airwaves. Robyn’s latest passion finds her spending time in the Wild Iris Studio, creating mixed media art pieces with found objects, treasures of nature and handmade paper.  

Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced

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Start:
February 10, 2018 1:00 pm
End:
February 10, 2018 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 17, 2018

Native Plants for Bees, Butterflies, and Beauty!

Course Description:

One of the greatest challenges to creating gardens that provide good habitat for bees, butterflies and other wildlife is to also provide beauty and garden performance for us humans, too. This workshop will provide in-depth information about the winning native selections from Plant Select. You’ll learn what makes these selections special, their native habitat and cultural preferences, how they were selected and tested, and how to use them in your own garden. A wide range of plants, from groundcovers to perennials and grasses, to trees, will be covered. New research into native species vs. native plant selections will be also discussed, and we’re certain you’ll be pleased with the results. Plant Select’s latest book, Pretty Tough Plants, will be available for sale and autograph.

Presented by Pat Hayward:

Pat Hayward, former Executive Director of Plant Select, has been involved in the regional horticultural industry for 38 years. Two-time winner of the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association Nursery Person of the year award, she was the primary photographer and editor of Plant Select’s newest book, Pretty Tough Plants. Her presentations on western gardening topics at regional and national conferences are always well-received, but as a Northern Colorado gardener herself, these workshops are among her favorite to offer.

Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced

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Start:
February 17, 2018 10:00 am
End:
February 17, 2018 12:00 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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