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Gardening Carol O'Meara

6/22/2007

Brush up on gardening know-how

 A lull sits in the middle of summer, like a low pressure system just behind the mountains. The garden is growing nicely, beds are mulched and vegetables are not yet ready for picking. Tours have ended, the heat has gotten hold, and gardeners — when they’re not catching their breath — are antsy for action.

When this happens to you, check out the 2007 Short Course, a one-day extravaganza of classes devoted to horticulture. Offered every other year by Colorado State University and the Green Industries of Colorado, the short course is packed with more classes than aphids on a rose blossom.

The short course will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 13 at the W.D. Holley Plant Environmental Research Center (PERC), 630 West Lake St., in Fort Collins. Since gardeners are always willing to eat, lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee of $80.

Attendees can choose from sixteen programs, such as:

• Native Woody Plants with Kelly Grummons of Timberline Landscapes in Aurora. He will discuss successful growing and marketing of native plants, one of the fastest growing areas of interest in gardening. His suggestions for displaying them in gardens will have gardeners trampling the nurseries in fall, searching for gems to add to the landscape.

• Horticultural Therapy with Rebecca Haller of the Horticultural Therapy Institute. She will take the class on a discovery of how gardens and gardening improve health, build skills and affect the quality of life for many people. From texture to scent, healing gardens can benefit folks and add a soothing area to every yard.

• Dog-Friendly Landscapes with Elizabeth Bublitz of Paw Friendly Landscapes in Golden. Join Bublitz, owner of the only firm in Colorado to specialize in pet friendly gardens, as she sniffs out great designs for your best friend. Elizabeth offers tips on garden designs that work around dogs’ daily activities of running, digging and playing.

• Organic Gardening with Joel Reich of Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County. Reich will have suggestions for summer organic vegetable gardening that include picking, planting, extending the harvest and an introduction to attracting beneficial insects to the garden.

No plant program would be complete without troubleshooting tips from the experts. Class goers have the opportunity to join Mary Small and Laura Pottorff, two gurus of plant goo, while they offer insights into diagnosing and fixing diseases and problems on woody and herbaceous plants.

Other course options include turf alternatives, sustainable gardening, an annual and perennial show and tell, plus fall container gardening, complete with design and care tips, and ideas for plants that withstand cool late season days.

Sign up early – the $80 registration will only be accepted by mail, and no registration will be taken on the day of the event. For more information on the 2007 Short Course, call 303-850-7587. Registration is due by July 6.

Carol O’Meara is with the Colorado State University Extension office at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont. Contact her by calling 303-678-6238 or e-mailing comeara@co.boulder.co.us. Colorado State University Extension, together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information, about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information, contact the Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Box B, Longmont, 303-678-6238, or visit www.coopext.colostate .edu/boulder.

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