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SEPTEMBER GARDEN NEWS 

News Briefs

Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
     With the arrival of autumn, several corn mazes and pumpkin patches will open.  Most places offer a number of fun activities for the family.  For details visit the Colorado Proud website at www.coloradoproud.org later this month.  Scroll to "For Consumers" and click on Agritourism Activities and then on Corn Mazes/Pumpkin Patches.

Flower Trials
    
Don't miss the beautiful flower trial gardens in Fort Collins this month.  Located on College Ave. and Lake St., the annuals garden features hundreds of plants being grown and evaluated by the CSU horticulture department in conjunction with the green industry.  You will find bedding plants, containers, shade plants and sun plants. Flower trials for perennials are across the street. Be sure to take your camera!  The site is open to the public and is free. For information see www.flowertrials.colostate.edu.

Colorado Proud
     For recipes, a Colorado crop calendar, information on farmer's markets, and a list of agritourism events (agricultural festivals, fairs, etc.) visit www.coloradoproud.org.

Feed the Needy
    
As you harvest your vegetable garden this year, you are encouraged to donate some of the vegetables to local food banks. 

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
    
Visitors to Denver Botanic Gardens can view an exhibit of Mike Whiting's sculpture which will be on display throughout the gardens until September 23rd. The playful, colorful works were inspired by vintage video games such as "Pac-Man."

2018 Bonfils-Stanton Series
    
During the months April through September Denver Botanic Gardens will offer the Bonfils-Stanton Series featuring lectures by noted guest speakers, hands-on workshops, tours and trips.  This year's theme is "The Edge of Art and Gardens."  For details see www.botanicgardens.org.

Butterflies at Chatfield
     Through early fall visitors to DBG at Chatfield can view native butterflies in the butterfly house for an additional fee. The exhibit is in partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion.

Butterflies Are Coming
    
 The Gardens on Spring Creek, City of Fort Collins and Butterfly Pavilion have announced a partnership to build a butterfly house.  The 1700 square foot conservatory, which is scheduled to open in 2019, will be located at the Gardens on Spring Creek Visitor Center.  It will feature numerous plants as well as free-flying butterflies.

NoCo Bloom
    
Gardeners in Northern Colorado have a resource for gardening information.  Colorado State University, Larimer County CSU Extension and the Gardens on Spring Creek are working collaboratively to publish NoCo Bloom.  Four issues will be published annually: March, May, July and September.  You will find this free publication at garden centers, community centers, public gardens and the Larimer County Extension office.  See it online at www.fcgov.com/gardens.

Emerald Ash Borer
    
The discovery of Emerald Ash Borers in Boulder is alarming many people, due to the highly destructive nature of this pest.  Much misinformation is floating around.  For accurate, up-to-date information please see www.eabcolorado.com, a website set up by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Sadly, this pest has spread to several parts of Boulder County.

CSU Extension Gardening Blog
    
Get expert gardening information at http://www.csuhort.blogspot.com.  You will find articles on a wide variety of topics by Colorado State University Extension horticulture agents and specialists.

Gardening Webinars
    
Can't make it to gardening classes but want gardening information from a local expert?  Check out the gardening videos on Tagawa Gardens' webinar page at www.tagawagardens.com.

Beekeeping Classes
    
Hudson Gardens offers a comprehensive series of classes on beekeeping that cover topics such as pollination, harvesting honey, pests and diseases, etc.  For more information see www.hudsongardens.org.

 

 

 

Plant Select 2018 Selections
  
The latest plants to earn the Plant Select designation will be announced soon.  Plant Select is a cooperative program administered by Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens, and landscape and nursery professionals throughout the region.  It annually recommends plants that have been tested and found to be especially suited to gardens in the Rocky Mountain and Plains states.  For detailed descriptions and photos of the plants please see www.plantselect.org.
     An additional feature is the
Plant Select Petites program which showcases plants of smaller stature.  The program also promotes innovative ways to utilize these plants, such as in troughs, rock gardens, patio gardens, fairy gardens and containers.  See www.plantselectpetites.org for additional information and to see photos of the plants.

Gardening Problems or Questions???
Answers for Gardeners
     CSU Extension Service answers gardening questions by e-mail.  Go to www.ext.colostate.edu and click on "Ask an Expert" in the menu.  You may also call your county's CSU Extension Service office with questions. 
     Most garden centers have expert, experienced staff who can provide gardening advice.  Some garden centers also offer diagnostic centers where you can bring in samples of unhealthy plants.
     Master Gardeners are available at Denver Botanic Gardens to answer questions.  From November through March you can contact them from 12 - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. From April through October you can contact them on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m.  You may reach them in person at the Helen Fowler Library at DBG, by phone at 720-865-3575, or by e-mail at gardeninghelp@botanicgardens.org.

Jeffco Plant Clinic
    
Bring plant and turf samples M - F, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. for help with diagnosis of disease, identification of insects, plant identification and plant and pest management recommendations.  The clinic is located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden.  Call 303-271-6620 for directions or information.  Some services and tests have a small fee.

Call Before You Dig
    
Are you planting trees, building fences or doing other landscape projects that require digging or excavating?  Call 811 before you dig.  Pipeline companies and other utilities will mark the location of their lines at no cost to you. For additional information see www.digsafe.com.

Mountain Pine Beetle
    
The Mountain Pine Beetle is gaining additional attention now that it is invading populated areas along the Front Range.  "Catastrophic" damage is predicted.  For information on this pest, including tips on how to prevent and control it, please see the article "Mountain Pine Beetle" at www.extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/insects/mountain-pine-beetle-5-528

Do Your Part to Corral Tree Pests/Diseases
   
Firewood often harbors pests and diseases.  You can do your part to limit their spread to new areas by using only local firewood.  Do not transport firewood across state lines.

FireWise Communities
     Homeowners are reminded of the need to take special caution with landscapes in areas that are likely to be threatened by fire.  FireWise Communities is a highly informative website with lots of helpful information for people who live in fire-prone areas.  Visit the website at www.firewise.org.

Seedling Tree Program
     The Colorado State Forest Service seedling nursery program allows landowners to obtain trees at a nominal cost. To successfully achieve conservation goals landowners are encouraged to plant new forests, restore land after natural disasters such as fires or floods, establish effective windbreaks that reduce erosion, protect homes, cropland and livestock, and enhance wildlife habitat. Trees and shrubs are grown at the CSFS nursery for conservation benefits only. See https://csfs.colostate.edu/seedling-tree-nursery.

 

 
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