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                   APRIL 2018                
 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 EVENTS     GARDEN TOURS      GARDEN & HOME SHOWS     CLASSES / LECTURES      LOOKING AHEAD

 Events and classes are subject to change.  Please call in advance to verify information.

Check back for additions.

   
EVENTS            
  Please note:  Events are subject to change.  Please call or check event website in advance to verify information. 
Apr. 1 Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society Show
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 720-865-3501
   
Apr. 3 Free Day
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton; Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720.865.4346
   
Apr. 7 Denver Rose Society SymROSEium
Denver Botanic Gardens,; Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm; Free with paid admission to the Gardens; 303.912.5368
   
Apr. 8 Free Day
Denver Botanic Gardens,; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720-865-3501
   
Apr. 12 Girlfriends Night Out - A Party with a Purpose
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 5 - 8 p.m.; Enjoy an evening of food and wine sampling, music and fun shopping in the greenhouses, special discounts and more. This event benefits Hope House of Colorado, empowering teenage moms to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their children.  See www.hopehouseofcolorado.org for more information. Tickets are $20 and include 2 complimentary drinks (beer or wine) from the bar; Call 303-424-7979 to reserve your ticket. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
   
Apr. 14 Designer Days
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Fee: $45 donation that will go to Pathways Children's Healing Garden; Meet one-on-one for 45 minutes with an expert from Alpine Gardens; Reservations required; See website for details or call 970-226-4924.
   
Apr. 21 North American Rock Garden Society and Colorado Native Plant Society Show & Sale
Denver Botanic Gardens,; Time: 9 am - 3 pm; Free with paid admission to the Gardens; 720-865-3501
   
Apr. 21 $5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion
Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center
, in Westminster;  Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; See www.butterflies.org  for details.
   
Apr. 28 Spring Open House
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Booths, entertainment, activities for kids and more; See www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Apr. 28 - Sept. 23 Exhibit: Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
Denver Botanic Gardens,; 720-865-3501
   

 

GARDEN AND HOME SHOWS        
Apr. 27 - 29 Northern Colorado Annual Spring Home and Garden Show
Location: Larimer County Fairgrounds - First National Bank Exhibition Hall
Time:  Noon - 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday
Fee: Free
Information: www.mile-high-productions.com
   
GARDEN TOURS      
Ongoing to April 13 Self Guided Snowshoe - Garden Tree Trail
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Days: Monday - Saturday; Time: 10 am - 4 pm; Enjoy hot chocolate and drop-in activities in the Education Center; Free use of snowshoes and poles; Donations welcome; For information see website or call 970-476-0103.
   
Ongoing on Thursdays thru April 12 Guided Snowshoe - Garden Tree Trail
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Day: Thursdays; Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm; Walks will be led by a guide from BFAG; Enjoy hot chocolate and drop-in activities in the Education Center; Fee: $5; Advance registration required; For information see website or call 970-476-0103.
   
May 28 - Ongoing Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail
Guided Tours: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Fee: $5 per person.  For information see www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org or call 970-476-0103.
   
CLASSES/LECTURES            
Please note:  Classes are subject to change.  Please call or check class website in advance to verify information.  Check back for additions.
 
NOTES:  Denver Botanic Gardens Center for Continuing Education offers numerous classes throughout the year.  You will find something for everyone -- adults, families, and kids.  For information on classes visit www.botanicgardens.org.
               Tagawa Gardens offers many classes for both adults and children.  Because the list is so extensive they are listed here only occasionally.  Please see www.tagawagardens.com.
 
Ongoing Read and Seed
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 -  10:45 a.m. or 11 - 11:45 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays;  A drop-in program for 2 - 4 year olds; Story time plus a hands-on activity; Parents are asked to participate; Fee: $3 per child; See http://fcgov.com/horticulture  for information on weekly topics; 970-416-2486.
   
Apr. 7 "Just Drip It!
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 7 "Growing Tomatoes and Peppers with Ease" by Jon Weiss
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $18; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 7 "Succession Planting" by Tracey parrish
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 7 "Growing Edibles in Your Garden" by Betty Cahill
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Apr. 7 "Native Trees & Shrubs" by Scott Skogerboe
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 7 "Perennials for Pollinators" by Matt Cunningham
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 1 - 2 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 7 "Xeriscape Gardening" by David Winger
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 3 - 4 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 7 "Designing with Native Plants for Pollinators" a CoNPS workshop presented by Jim Tolstrup
High Plains Environmental Center, 2698 Bluestem Willow Dr., Loveland; Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Fee: $45 for non-members of the CO Native Plant Society; For details and to register please see https://conps.org/mfm-event-calendar.
   
Apr. 7 "Tackling the Challenges of Colorado Soils" by Eric Blewitt
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 - 11 a.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Apr. 7 "How to Start Your Vegetables & Flowers from Seeds" by David Burnside, Botanical Interests
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 11 am; Free; Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   
Apr. 8 "A Rose is a Rose is a Rose" by Peggy Williams
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 1 - 2 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 8 "The Fruit of the Garden" by Curtis Utley
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 3 - 4 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 8 "Designing with Natives" by Mikl Brawner
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15 Wild Ones members, non-members $20; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 9 "Pond in a Pot" by Robert Lamm
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 6 - 7 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 10 "Orchids: Exotic, but Easy" by Kent Gordon
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 6 - 7 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 11 "Protein + Purple: Healthy Cooking with Chef Elizabeth Buckingham
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 6 - 7 p.m.; Free; Registration required; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 14 "Uncommon and Underused Perennials" by Sherry Fuller
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 14 "Beekeeping in Spring" by Dr. Tom Cavanagh
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $18; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 14 "Edible Landscaping" by Alison Peck
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 14 "What to Do About the Japanese Beetle Invasion" by Katie McAllister
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 14 "To Bee or Not to Bee: Beekeeping for Beginners" by David Baker
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 14 "The Prettiest Containers in the Neighborhood" by Krystal Keistler-Hawley
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 1 - 2 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 14 "Hanging Basket Demonstration" by Barb Isaacson and Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 3 - 4 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 15 "Dig into Vegetable Gardening" by Betty Cahill
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 1 - 2 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 15 "The Plant Doctor Is In" by Harriett McMillan
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 3 - 4 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 15 "Classic Miniature Gardening"
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm; Fee: $40 per spot, includes materials; For adults and a child accompanied by an adult; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Apr. 15 "New Roses & How to Grow Them" by Dave Ingram
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Apr. 15 "Create a Perennial Food Forest" by David Bailey
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 15 "Organic Lawn Care" by Mikl Brawner
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 21 "New Technologies in Irrigation" by Eric Olson
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 21 "Rain Barrels 101" by Pamela Churman
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $10; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 21 "Vegetable Gardening 101" by Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Apr. 21 "Caring for Your Colorado Landscape" by Brandon Barch
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 - 11 a.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924
   
Apr. 21 "Native Bees for the Youngsters!  Session 1 - by Jessica Goldstrohm
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $20 for one parent and child, $5 per extra child; A hands-on class - you will build a Leaf Cutter Bee house; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 21 "Growing Great Peppers on the Front Range" by Mimi Yanus
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 21 "Advanced House Plant Care" by Trevor Kuntz
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 8:30 am; Free; Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   
Apr. 22 "Beautiful Low Water Plants" by Betty Cahill
Paulino Gardens, 6300 N. Broadway in Denver; Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; To register call 303-429-8062
   
Apr. 22 "Mushroom Cultivation and Identification" by Zach Hedstrom
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Fee $50; You will do 2 hands-on activities and receive a handout packet; Bring lunch; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
Apr. 22 "Introduction to Planting Annuals, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs" by Jason Shimmel
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 8:30 am; Free; Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   
Apr. 28 "Growing a Cut Flower Garden" by Roger Heins
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 p.m.; Fee: $18; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 28 "Wild Wines" by Richard Bender
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $30; Tasting included - must be 21 years of age or older; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Apr. 28 "Rose Pruning Demonstration & Workshop" by Denver Rose Society
Jeffco Detention Center, 200 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden; Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm; Rain/snow date is May 5th. See www.denverrosesociety.org.
   
  LOOKING AHEAD       
Events and classes are subject to change.  Please call in advance to verify information.
  Note: Check back for additions.
MAY  
May 5 "Fearless Rose Pruning" by Eve Reshetnik
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
May 5 "Vintage Garden Tea" with Joann & Cadie Berrian
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $30 adults, $15 child (12 years & up); Enjoy teas and treats inspired and sourced by the Gardens; Take home recipes; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
May 6 "Best Fruit Trees for Colorado" by Mikl Brawner
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
May 9 Drop-In: "Meet the Rose Gardeners"
Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Fee: Free; Observe, question and get advice from members of the Denver Rose Society; 303.797.8565 Ext. 306
   
May 11 - 12 Spring Plant Sale
Denver Botanic Gardens,; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday; Free admission to the Gardens and plant sale; 720-865-3501
   
May 12 "Rainwater Harvesting" by Allison Peck
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
May 12 Plant Sale and Antique & Artisan Market presented by Loveland Garden Club
All Saint's Episcopal Church, 3448 N. Taft, Loveland; Time: 9 am - 2 pm; Annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, herbs, silent auction, live music, garage sale, bake sale, vintage garden collectibles, artisan market.  970-342-9341
   
May 12 - 13 Spring Plant Sale
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 - 5 p.m. on Sunday; This event supports horticulture programs at CSU, Front Range Community College, High Plains Environmental Center, CSU Forest Service and The Gardens on Spring Creek; See website for details; 970-416-2486
   
May 14 "Early Spring Maintenance & Dividing Workshop"
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 10 am - 12 pm; Free; Come prepared if you plan to work (gloves, clothes); For information see website or call 970-476-0103.
   
May 17 Butterfly Launch
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: Check website or call 970-476-0103.
   
May 19 Bloomapalooza
Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center
, in Westminster;  Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Indoor/outdoor events for the whole family: ladybug releases, plant sale, plant petting zoo and other fun garden activities; Standard admission fees; See www.butterflies.org for details.
   
May 19 "Growing Food 101: Grow a Thriving Food Garden" by Andrea Vanderbilt
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 p.m.; Fee: $18; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
May 19 Drop-In: "Meet the Beekeeper"
Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Fee: Free; Observe beekeepers managing their hives, ask questions and get advice; 303.797.8565 Ext. 306
   
May 19 17th Annual Great Sale of Organic Garden Plants - presented by Front Range Organic Gardeners (FROG)
St. John's Lutheran Church and School, 700 S. Franklin St., Denver 80209; (Across from Washington Park, enter from east side)Time: 9 am - 1 pm; Payment: CASH only; See www.gardenFROG.org.
   
May 19 "Combating Climate Change in Your Garden" by Elizabeth Black
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
May 19 "Container/Raised Beds Gardening" by Twyla Lynch
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 1 p.m.; Fee $15; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
May 25 Butterflies at Chatfield Opens
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton; Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fee: $4 Adult, Child, Senior, Ages 2 and under free, plus $5 parking fee per vehicle; Discounts for members; 720.865.4346
   
May 25 & 26 "Trough Planting Workshop" by Domenique Turnbull
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 10 am - 4 pm; Domenique will be teaching you how to plant your own trough.  Troughs will be available for sale; For information see website or call 970-476-0103.
   
May 25 - June 1 Plant Sale
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 9 am - 5 pm; For information see website or call 970-476-0103.
   
May 26 "Native Bees for the Youngsters!  Session 2 (A repeat of the April 21st class) - by Jessica Goldstrohm
Harlequin's Gardens, 4795 N. 26th St. in Boulder; Time: 10 a.m.; Fee $20 for one parent and child, $5 per extra child; A hands-on class - you will build a Leaf Cutter Bee House; Pre-register by calling 303-939-9403
   
May 27 "Techniques for Keeping Your Shrubs Looking Their Best" by Jason Shimmel
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 8:30 am; Free; Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   

 





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