Berries and Grapes for the Front Range

Berries are easy fruits to grow and make luscious-eating whether fresh, frozen or preserved. New developments are increasing the types we can grow here. Come find out the types of berries that do well in our climate and soil, what varieties are recommended, where to purchase and how to manage and prune for best results. Grapes for our area are also discussed.
Denver Botanic Gardens,
909 York Street,
Denver, CO 80206,
(720) 865-3500.

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Growing Roses in Colorado – Planning a Rose Garden

Just about everyone grows a rose bush or two. Congress designated the rose as America’s national floral emblem in 1986. The popularity of growing roses began thousands of years ago and continues today. The rose growing series offered by American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians and experts from the Denver Rose Society will cover how to grow healthy, easy care beautiful roses for years to come. The series covers secrets to successful rose growing, no pain pruning, versatile shrub roses, fragrant roses, and winter care. Choose one class or take them all and come away with confident rose growing skills and greater appreciation for the “Queen of Flowers.”
Denver Botanic Gardens,
909 York Street,
Denver, CO 80206,
(720) 865-3500.

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Fearless Shrub Pruning

Learn how to prune both deciduous and evergreen shrubs for long term plant health and appearance in this class. Various types of pruning and the situations where they are appropriate will be illustrated. An emphasis will be placed on flowering shrubs and how to prune them for best bloom. For people with overgrown shrubs, rejuvenation pruning to reduce size and reinvigorate growth will be of interest.
Denver Botanic Gardens,
909 York Street,
Denver, CO 80206,
(720) 865-3500.

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Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening

This course is designed for the Front Range gardener beginner. The basics of what is needed to adjust gardening skills from other climates to the Front Range’s finicky climate are covered. If you have never gardened here before or are looking for more success, this is the class for you! Learn the skills necessary to become an enthusiastic gardener. Annuals, perennials and vegetables are discussed, along with trees and shrubs that thrive in our climate, elevation and varying soils. Plant selection, planting and troubleshooting is discussed.
Denver Botanic Gardens,
909 York Street,
Denver, CO 80206,
(720) 865-3500.

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Preserving Citrus: Marmalade

Learn to make dazzling citrus marmalades from the best the winter season has to offer. We will use fresh, organic citrus and make a bitter, sweet, and succulent marmalade. We will discuss different types, uses, and the history of marmalade. Participants will take home at least 1 jar of handmade marmalade preserves.
Denver Botanic Gardens,
909 York Street,
Denver, CO 80206,
(720) 865-3500.

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Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary

Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. During each class, participants receive hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home.

This class is an introduction to the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. This will be a hands-on workshop open to all skill levels. The instructor will demonstrate the art form and then the students will proceed to make an arrangement. After creating an arrangement the instructor will do a critique.
Denver Botanic Gardens,
909 York Street,
Denver, CO 80206,
(720) 865-3500.

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Pruning Young Fruit Trees, From Choosing Tools to Making the Right Cut

Join Santa Fe Botanical Garden Head Gardener, Linda Churchill, as we prune the young fruit trees in the Orchard Garden. This is the class for you if you have recently planted a fruit tree or are thinking about beginning to grow fruit at home. Linda will recommend tools, discuss different styles of pruning, and you will get a chance to make some cuts on the trees in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden orchard. Bring your questions and warm clothes; we will be outside.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden,
715 Camino Lejo,
Santa Fe, NM 87505,
(505) 471-9103.

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Santa Fe Landscaping from the Ground Up

New Mexico offers many challenges to gardeners, including poor soil, high winds, and erratic precipitation and temperature patterns, This class is designed as a half-day crash course on understanding the challenges of landscaping here and how to meet those challenges. From nourishing the soil to choosing the right plants, Tracy Neal will teach you how to create a garden that works in our area. He will share his over 40 years of experience in New Mexico as a nurseryman, landscaper and arborist, giving you the information you need to create a landscape that meets the challenges of the present and the future.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden,
715 Camino Lejo,
Santa Fe, NM 87505,
(505) 471-9103.

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2020 Sustainability Series : Climate Change and Trees in Santa Fe

Climate change will have increasingly strong impacts on our gardens as time goes on, impacts that pose challenges in keeping our plants healthy now as well as challenges to knowing which plants to chose for the future. These challenges are magnified for trees, which are typically the largest and longest-lived plants in our gardens. Join Tracy Neal for this sustainability series lecture on how the climate is changing and what this means for taking care of the trees we have and choosing new trees.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden,
715 Camino Lejo,
Santa Fe, NM 87505,
(505) 471-9103.

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Color and Chemistry : Natural dyes of New Mexico and beyond

This lecture features Cathy Greco for a demonstration of chemistry and color. Greco is a chemist and master spinner and uses her technical expertise to draw color out of plants and into fibers, spinning and weaving vibrant colors from plant-based dyes. Cathy will showcase some of the historically popular plant -based, and natural dyes from New Mexico and Mexico.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden,
715 Camino Lejo,
Santa Fe, NM 87505,
(505) 471-9103.

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