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                                        FEBRUARY 2017                
 
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. 
   
Ongoing through March Garden Snowshoe - Winter Tree Trail
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 10 am - 3 pm; Drop into the Education Center for a self-guided winter snowshoe through the Gardens and travel down the winter tree trail.  Enjoy hot chocolate or tea in the Education Center when finished.  Snowshoes and poles are available.  Donations appreciated.  Guided tours are available on Wednesdays at 10 am for a suggested donation of $5. For information call 970-476-0103 or see website.
   
Ongoing to Feb. 20 Orchid Showcase
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; See hundreds of orchid blooms in the Orangery and Marnie's Pavilion; 720-865-3544
   
Feb. 7 Free Day
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton; Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720.865.4346
   
Feb. 11 $5 Day at The Butterfly Pavilion
Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center
, in Westminster;  Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Fee: $5 for ages 2 and older; See www.butterflies.org for details.
   
Feb. 20 Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720-865-3501
   

 

GARDEN AND HOME SHOWS        
   
Feb. 4 - 12 Colorado Garden & Home Show
Location: Colorado Convention Center in Denver
Time: Sat.10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Noon - 7 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Kids 12 & under free; Monday - Thursday 2 for 1 admission
Information: Visit www.coloradogardenfoundation.org for more information about parking, seminars, ticket discounts,etc.
   
Feb. 24 - 26 HBA Home and Garden Show
Location: Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, 80907
Time: 3 - 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday
Tickets: $5 adults, $4 seniors and military; ages 16 & under free;
* Friday only - bring a non-perishable donation for Care and Share Food Bank in place of paid admission.  
Information: www.cshba.com
   
Mar.17 -19 Denver Home Show
Location: National Western Complex, 4655 Humbolt St. in Denver
Time: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sun.
Tickets: Adults - $11 (Save $2 when you buy tickets online at www.homeshowdenver.com), Seniors - $11 at box office, buy one get one free at the box office, Children 12 and under free;
Information: www.homeshowdenver.com 
   
Apr. 21 - 23 Northern Colorado Annual Spring Home and Garden Show
Location: Larimer County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall
Time:  Noon - 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Fee: Free
Information: www.mile-high-productions.com
   
GARDEN TOURS      
   
   
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.
   
Feb. 4 "Terrariums" by Emma Smith
Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins; Time: 10 - 11 a.m.; Free; Reservations required.  Call 970-226-4924 or sign up online.
   
Feb. 4 "Elderberry Medicine: Herb Crafting for Winter" by Alexandra Tilottama Grajeda
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 p.m.; Fee: $24 members, $27 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Feb. 4 "Greenhouse Gardening" by James Connell
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 pm; Fee: $18; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 4 "Growing in Colorado - for Newcomers and Transplants" by Jane Shellenberger
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 pm; Fee: $18; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 4 "Fairy Garden Magic" by Heidi
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 11 am.; Free, does not include materials; Bring or purchase a container; Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   
Feb. 11 "Gardening with Rainbarrels" by Regan Waskom and Robyn Dolgin
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.
   
Feb. 11 "Contemplative Photography: Fresh Ways of Seeing the Alpine World" by Tanya Miller
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail; Time: 4:30 - 7:00 pm; Fee $35; 970-476-0103
   
Feb. 11 "The Do's and Don'ts for Building Soil Health" by Dr. Jean Reeder
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 pm; Fee: $18; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 11 "Edible Landscaping" by Mary Miller
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 pm; Fee: $18; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 18 "Interpreting and Using Your Soil Science Test" by Jean Reeder
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.
   
Feb. 18 "Learn About Emerald Ash Borer" by Ralph Zentz, City Forester
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 p.m.; Fee: $2 members, $5 non-members; Call 970-416-2486 to register or register online.
   
Feb. 18 "Benefits of Eating Local" by Sari Kimbell
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 pm; Fee: $18; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 18 "Dryer Plants for a New Landscape Era" by Kelly Grummons
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 pm; Fee: $18; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 19 "Classic Fairy Gardening"
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; 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.
   
Feb. 19 "Orchids" by Sharon
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 11 am.; Free, Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   
Feb. 25 "Cheering Up the Winter Garden: Plants for Color, Form, Texture and Wildlife" by Lauren Springer Ogden
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 10 am - 12 pm; Fee: $22; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 25 "Emerald Ash Borer" by Alison Stoven O'Conner
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 1 - 3 pm; Fee: $18; Register for this class online at www.fortcollinsnursery.com. 970-482-1984.
   
Feb. 25 "Bee Keeping for Beginners" by Steve Lechner, Busy Bee Farm
Sturtz & Copeland Florist & Greenhouse in Boulder; Time: 10 am - 2 p.m.; Fee: $50, includes lunch provided by Busy Bee Farm; Bring a copy of Bee Keeping for Dummies, a note pad & pen; Registration is required; Call 303-442-6663 to register.
   
  LOOKING AHEAD       
Events and classes are subject to change.  Please call in advance to verify information.
  Note: Check back for additions.
MARCH  
Mar. 4 "High Plains Landscape Workshop"
The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins; Event Location: Drake Center, 802 W. Drake Rd. in Fort Collins; Time: 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Fee: $75 thru Feb. 17th, $85 after Feb. 17.; Speakers: Panayoti Kelaidis and Mike Bone from Denver Botanic Gardens and Lauren Springer Ogden; See Gardens on Spring Creek website for details and registration information.  Proceeds benefit The Gardens on Spring Creek.
   
Mar. 4 "Early Bird Gardening"
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
Classes:    
     10 - 11 am  "Summer Bulbs for Your Garden" by Todd McNulty
     1 - 2 pm  "Starting Plants from Seed" by David Burnside 
     3 - 4 pm  "Turf Maintenance Through the Year" by Daniel Chimeno
Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
     11 am - 12 pm  Van Bloem Gardens
     2 - 3 pm  Botanical Interest Seed and Lake Valley Seed
     4 - 5 pm  Ferti-lome Fertilizers
   
Mar. 5 "Planning the Vegetable Garden" by Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 11 am - 12 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Mar. 5 "Pruning Trees and Shrubs" by Brian Anglin
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 2 - 3 p.m.; 303-424-7979
   
Mar. 7 Free Day
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms in Littleton; Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720.865.4346
   
Mar. 11 "Get Your Grow On"
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
Classes:    
     10 - 11 am  "The Secret Life of Soil" by Rhiannon Spaw
     1 - 2 pm  "Early Spring Punch List" by Betty Cahill
     3 - 4 pm  "Starting a Lawn from Seed" by Norm Tuohy
Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
     11 am - 12 pm  Fox Farm Fertilizers and ProRich Fertilizers
     2 - 3 pm  Betty Cahill, Boulder County Master Gardener
     4 - 5 pm Arkansas Valley Seed Company
   
Mar. 12 "Composting & Soil Improvement" by Jeff Echter
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 11 am - 12 pm; 303-424-7979
   
Mar. 12 "Windowsill Herb Garden Workshop" by Whitney McMillan
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.; Fee: $40 for materials; You will plant an herb garden to take home. Registration is required - call 303-424-7979.
   
Mar. 18 "The Inside Dirt"
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
Classes:    
     10 - 11 am  "Orchids - Easier Than You Think" by Shirlee McDaniels
     1 - 2 pm  "This Herbs for You" by Donna Shelley
     3 - 4 pm  "Succulents and Air Plants" by Scott Preusser
Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
     11 am - 12 pm  Denver Orchid Society
     2 - 3 pm  Herb Society of America
     4 - 5 pm  Denver Botanic Gardens
   
Mar. 19 "Classic Fairy Gardening"
Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 East Mulberry in Fort Collins; Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and repeated at 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; 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.
   
Mar. 19 "Terrarium Workshop" by Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm; Fee: $60 for materials. You will create and take home a terrarium. Registration required - call 303-424-7979.
   
Mar. 19 "Fairy Garden Workshop" by Chris Doolittle
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 2 - 3:30 pm; Fee: $100 for materials; Registration required - call 303-424-7979.
   
Mar. 22 Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens (World Water Day)
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 720-865-3501
   
Mar. 25 "The Great Outdoor Garden"
 Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Free classes; Speak to garden experts; 303-424-7979
 Classes:    
      10 - 11 am  "Landscaping with Natives" by Scott Skogerbee
      1 - 2 pm  "Perennials for Pollinators" by Matt Cunningham
      3 - 4 pm  "Hardy Cactus & Succulents" by Kelly Grummons
 Meet the Experts & Learn from the Pros: Speak with representatives/experts
      11 am - 12 pm  Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery
      11 am - 1 pm  Beauty Beyond Belief Wildflower Seed
      2 - 3 pm  Britton Nursery
      4 - 5 pm  Brown's Nursery
   
Mar. 25 - 26 Colorado Cactus and Succulent Sale and Show
Denver Botanic Gardens, Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Includes workshops, free potting stations, and more; 720-865-3501
   
Mar. 26 "Bee Keeping for Beginners" by Steve Lechner, Busy Bee Farm
Echter's Garden Center in Arvada; Time: 10 am - 2 pm; includes lunch provided by Busy Bee Farm; Bring a copy of Bee Keeping for Dummies, a note pad & pen; Registration is required - call 303-424-7979
   

 





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