Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Upcoming Gardening Events

Farmington Gardens has some interesting seminars that might interest you. All classes are free, but please register at
·         February 6, 1 p.m. - What to do in the garden in February, with Marinda Parks. For those of you new to gardening, it can be a puzzle to know what to do in the garden seasonally.  Marinda will demystify all that, and give you concrete info to see you through the month.

·         February 9, 11 a.m. - Mason Bees with Beth Rose. The interest in mason bees keeps growing, especially as problems with honey bees persist nationwide.  This docile native bee is a great friend in the garden, pollinating like crazy.  Just a few simple steps will encourage mason bees to inhabit your garden. 

·         February 12, 10 a.m. - Birds in the Backyard, with Tom Combs. Birds not only fill an important role in balancing our backyard ecosystems (many of them love to feast on bugs and slugs!), but they are also fun and interesting to watch.  Tom will share how easy it is to entice birds by providing for their simple needs – housing and a food source. 

·         February 12, 1 p.m. - Dormant Sprays, with Tom Combs. Do you have questions about dormant sprays?  Learn the basics, for an easier and more productive season.  Tom recommends at least a February spraying.

·         February 13, 1 p.m. - Creating Pet-Friendly Gardens, with Melinda Frey from Raindrop Design, and Anne Taylor from Living Elements. As pet lovers as well as landscape designers, Melinda and Anne have developed strategies for creating durable, safe and sustainable garden spaces with your pet in mind.  It is possible to have the garden of your dreams and a contented pooch to share it with! 

At Dennis’ 7 Dees investigate these seminars:

·         February 12, 11 a.m. - Spring & Summer Bulbs. Ed Hobbs is a representative from Simple Pleasures Bulb Company and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to gardening with bulbs.  Focus will be on using bulbs in new or established gardens as well as in containers. Location: Cedar Hills Garden Center

·         February 12, 1 p.m. - Portland Rose Society Rose Pruning & Care. The past president will do a pruning demonstration just in time for cutting back roses in Portland gardens.  Topics of emphasis will be proper pruning techniques, optimal timing for pruning and general rose care.  Clipper/shear sharpening will be available to make the process easier! Location: Cedar Hills Garden Center

·         February 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Contemporary Containers. Want fabulous award-winning quality container plantings or you just don’t want to keep creating a new design for every season? Stacie will demonstrate how to design and plant a container for four-season appeal. Location: Yard, Garden & Patio Show at the Convention Center

·         February 20, 2-3 p.m. - Tips for a Low Maintenance Landscape. Take away effective tips for a low maintenance landscape, focusing on perennial beds, pruning and lawn care. These are tried and true tips for low maintenance. Location: Yard, Garden & Patio Show at the Convention Center

Check out Mike Darcy’s calendar of events for more garden-related activities.

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