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February 9, 2019

Dwarf Conifers You’ll Grow to Love

Course Description:

February in Northern Colorado is a perfect time to take a close look at your gardens to see where extra textures and shapes would add interest, beauty and shelter for songbirds and smaller wildlife. This workshop will focus on dwarf and smaller forms of familiar conifers, as well as a few you may have never heard of. From fir to pines, you’ll discover garden-sized conifers that are truly dwarf yet hardy and adaptable to our conditions. Learn which plants to avoid, which to fall in love with, and how to be successful with the plants you choose.

Presented by Pat Hayward:

Pat Hayward, former Executive Director of Plant Select, has been involved in the regional horticultural industry for 40 years. Two-time winner of the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association Nursery Person of the Year award, she’s presented on a variety of horticultural topics at dozens of regional and national conferences.

During her 5-year stint as a salesperson at Iseli Nursery in Boring OR she discovered the beauty and wide range of thousands of conifer varieties being sold across the country. Returning to northern Colorado 21 years ago, she and her husband Joel have now trialed hundreds of taxa in their gardens in the foothills west of Fort Collins, learning as much from their failures as their successes. In addition to this class, she teaches a popular, all-day conifer workshop at Denver Botanic Gardens. With her husband, they constantly seek out new varieties to test and evaluate for local gardeners.

Experience Level: Intermediate

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Start:
February 9, 2019 1:00 pm
End:
February 9, 2019 3:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
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Cost:
$18

February 9, 2019

The Wonder of the Spring Garden

Course Description:

Few things are as exciting as the first signs of life and color after a long winter. Learn about great plants that brave the early season to show off their best. These plants also offer life-saving nectar and pollen to help insects and birds survive unpredictable spring weather and to nourish their first broods, making spring bloomers among the most important garden plants both for our enjoyment and the web of life.

Presented by Lauren Springer Ogden:

Lauren Springer Ogden is a long-time NoCo resident and teacher at Fort Collins Nursery’s winter workshops. She is author of several garden books and has introduced numerous plants to the nursery trade. Her public garden designs include major planting areas at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms, and The Gardens on Spring Creek where she is on staff.

Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced

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Start:
February 9, 2019 10:00 am
End:
February 9, 2019 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map
Cost:
$22

February 2, 2019

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 houseplants 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 house plants 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.

Born and raised in a small Wisconsin town, Randy grew up with a deep appreciation for gardening. There were always plants and flowers in their home and his parents extensive gardens were his hands-on classroom. Randy studied horticulture and floriculture (flowering and ornamental crops) at the University of Wisconsin. As a student, he was selected to design and plant the ornamental gardens on campus.

 After college, Randy moved to Portland, Oregon and worked for a wholesale grower of tropical plants and went on to manage an interior plantscaping company. He later became the head gardener for a thirteen-acre botanical garden. His interest in tropical plants eventually drew him to Hawaii where he owned a woodworking business and 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-Advanced

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Start:
February 2, 2019 1:00 pm
End:
February 2, 2019 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 2, 2019

Micro-Farming: Big Food, Small Spaces

Course Description:

Boost productivity in the urban vegetable garden by learning to utilize techniques used by commercial farmers! Find more production in a healthier garden ecosystem by applying basic principles of large-scale production farming to your residential garden space. We’ll show you how! Topics range from automating irrigation and smart plant placement to employing season extension and crop planning worksheets. This class applies to everybody, from beginners to advanced gardeners.

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-Advanced

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Start:
February 2, 2019 10:00 am
End:
February 2, 2019 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 2, 2019

Escape to the Tropics Houseplant Sale

Are you feeling the Winter blues? Add a little green to your world with the Fort Collins Nursery Escape to the Tropics Sale, Feb. 2 – Feb. 10, 2019.

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 Feb. 2 – Feb. 10, 2019. Stop by early for the best selection.

Start:
February 2, 2019
End:
February 10, 2019
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Google Map

January 26, 2019

Woody Plant Propagation: Secrets Revealed

Course Description:

Propagating your own trees is easy… If you know the secrets. Scott Skogerboe has been the head propagator for Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery for 22 years. During that time he has grown over 5 million trees and shrubs. His tree “children” can be found in every western state and beyond. Knowing the tricks of the trade greatly increases your chance to be successful. Scott doesn’t believe in keeping secrets and is going to share his vast professional knowledge of growing trees and shrubs from seeds, cuttings, and grafting.

Presented by Scott Skogerboe:

Scott Skogerboe has been the Propagator at Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery for the last 22 years where he grows 300,000 trees and shrubs every year for sale to nurseries from Casper to Albuquerque. Early in his horticultural career Scott was the owner of a small nursery specializing in fruit trees and berries adaptable to the rigors of growing on the high plains of our region.

The son of a family who pioneered to Crook county Wyoming in 1876. Scott is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Landscape Horticulture. In 2016 Scott was awarded the honor of being selected Commercial Horticulturist of the year by the American Horticultural Society.

Prior to becoming a horticulturist, Scott was a Sergeant in the US Army where he was a medic and a clinical specialist. He had the honor of being selected to be the ambulance driver in the motorcades of President George Herbert Walker Bush and later with General Colin Powell.

Scott in his spare time enjoys going out with his wife Dianne, also a professional Horticulturist, to explore for new plants. One of his claims to fame is he discovered the last remaining tree planted by Johnny Appleseed.

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
January 26, 2019 1:00 pm
End:
January 26, 2019 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 26, 2019

The Fine Art of Pruning

Course Description:

Pruning can be daunting, but when done properly it can turn landscape eyesores into backyard showstoppers. Learn how to prune the shrubs and ornamental trees in your yard with self-assurance. Find out the optimal time to do the work and the best methods for different varieties. We’ll also cover the essential tools to make the job easier and most efficient.

Presented by Robyn Dolgin:

Robyn Dolgin owns Wild Iris Living, a horticulture company that creates beautiful, water conserving, four-season interest landscapes and highly productive edible gardens with design, consultation, pruning and maintenance services. She’s been a professional horticulturist and organic backyard farmer for over 35 years. Robyn is also an artist, writer, teacher and nature advocate. She loves bringing the principles of harmony and balance, also known as Feng Shui, into her clients’ landscapes.

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
January 26, 2019 10:00 am
End:
January 26, 2019 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Cost:
$18

January 19, 2019

Gardening Tips for Colorado Newcomers

Course Description:

Gardening in Colorado, even if you’ve lived here for many years, poses challenges each season. This class will cover the basics and helpful tips for growing vegetables, having a healthy lawn, and how to best manage and select trees and shrubs for your landscape. Despite the various factors that face gardeners in this challenging environment, adapting for our climate and conditions can result in beautiful landscapes in Northern Colorado. 

Presented by Alison Stoven O’Connor:

Alison Stoven O’Connor is the Colorado State University Extension horticulture agent in Larimer County. She’s been with Extension for twelve years. Alison coordinates the Larimer County Master Gardener program and assists homeowners and industry with horticultural questions. She attended Iowa State University and The Ohio State University, majoring in horticulture, and completed her Ph.D. at Colorado State University in 2014, studying nursery tree production and landscape establishment. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, tending to her backyard chickens and growing giant zucchini for competition.

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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Start:
January 19, 2019 1:00 pm
End:
January 19, 2019 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 19, 2019

Compost: Making It & Using It

Course Description:

Adding compost to the soil is an important component of soil management for semi-arid Colorado landscapes because soils in dry climates are usually naturally low in organic matter. We will discuss the various techniques of making compost (hot thermal, sheet composting, leaf mold, and vermicompost). We will also discuss the proper application and use of compost in the landscape.

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: Beginner-Advanced

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Start:
January 19, 2019 10:00 am
End:
January 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
Cost:
$18

January 19, 2019

2019 Winter Workshops

Every Saturday, Jan 19 – Feb 9

Our highly anticipated 2019 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.

 

Compost: Making It & Using It
Jan. 19  10am-noon $18
by Dr. Jean Reeder (Instructor/Consultant/Retired USDA)

Gardening Tips for Colorado Newcomers
Jan. 19 • 1-3pm • $18
By Alison O’Connor (CSU Extension Agent/ Larimer County Master Gardeners Coordinator)

The Fine Art of Pruning
Jan. 26 • 10am-noon • $18
by Robyn Dolgin (Owner Wild Iris Living, LLC)

Woody Plant Propagation: Secrets Revealed
Jan. 26 • 1-3pm • $18
by Scott Skogerboe (Propagator Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery)

Micro-Farming: Big Food, Small Spaces
Feb. 2 • 10am-noon • $18
by Andrea Vanderbilt (Owner Teach Me To Grow)

Houseplant Care
Feb 2 • 1-3pm • $18
by Randy Meyer (Owner Tropiflora)

The Wonder of the Spring Garden
Feb 9 • 10am-noon • $22
by Lauren Springer Ogden (Designer/ Author/ Plantswoman)

Dwarf Conifers You’ll Grow to Love
Feb 9 • 1-3pm • $18
by Pat Hayward (Former Executive Director Plant Select/ Instructor)

 

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Start:
January 19, 2019
End:
February 9, 2019
Venue:
Fort Collins Nursery
Phone:
970-482-1984
Address:
2121 E. Mulberry St
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
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