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MARCH GARDEN NEWS 

News Briefs

Mordecai Children's Garden Reopens
    
Denver Botanic Gardens will reopen the Mordecai Children's Garden on March 1st. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 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.

The Winners Are ...
    
Fifty-three public gardens in Colorado and nearby states with similar growing conditions evaluated various plants for winter hardiness, appearance, etc. and the 2016 results are now available.  Please see www.plantselect.org to see a list of top performers.

NoCo Bloom
    
Gardeners in Northern Colorado have a new 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.  Sadly, there is much misinformation floating around.  For accurate, up-to-date information please see www.eabcolorado.com, a website set up by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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.

Resource for Gardeners
    
The Denver Post has published a free iPad Ebook, Garden Colorado, filled with helpful gardening information. You'll find gardening advice and tips from many of Colorado's leading gardening experts and organizations. Download it at www.DenverPost.com/gardencolorado.

Gardening Webinars
    
Can't make it to gardening classes but want gardening information from a local expert?  Check out the gardening webinars by Carole Kastler of Camelot Design 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.

Dig In
   
 Featuring gardening advice, tips, and local garden-to-kitchen recipes, Dig In can be seen on KBDI (Ch. 12) on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. See http://digincolorado.com for more information.

 

 

Plant Select 2017 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 every Tuesday and Saturday from March through October from noon to 4 p.m.  From May through September they are also available on Thursdays.  They will be available on Tuesdays in January, February and November.  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 more information visit www.digsafely.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.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05528.html.

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, including plant lists and landscaping advice for people who live in fire-prone areas.  Visit the website at www.firewise.org.

Seedling Tree Program
     The Colorado State Forest Service (www.csfs.colostate.edu) seedling tree nursery program allows farmers, ranchers and rural landowners to obtain trees at a nominal cost. Their goal is to encourage landowners to plant new forests; to establish effective windbreaks that reduce erosion; to protect homes, cropland, livestock and highways; and to enhance wildlife habitat. Trees and shrubs are grown at the CSFS nursery for conservation benefits only. Seedling sales are restricted. To qualify you must:

  • Own two acres or more of land
  • Use the seedlings for conservation practices only
  • Purchase seedlings in minimums of 30 to 50 (depending on species and size)
  • Not use seedlings for landscaping or resell them as living plants.

 

 

 
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