Gardening Classes and Tours June 22-24, Registration Due June 1

     Gardening classes and tours for both beginning and experienced gardeners from throughout Colorado will be June 22-24 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. "Composing Colorado Landscapes:  Creating a Sense of Place in the Home Garden, " is sponsored by Colorado State Cooperative Extension and features Jeffry de Jong, horticulturist with the Calgary Zoo and Botanic Gardens, as keynote speaker. His topics include "Gardening Where you Live" and "Perennials for the Greatest Impact."

     Sixteen breakout sessions on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, range from high elevation plants to groundcovers and lawn alternatives. Other topics included in the sessions are drought-tolerant perennials, design for four-season interest, trees for Colorado and water audits. Several optional garden tours on Thursday, June 22, complete the schedule.  

     In addition to de Jong, speakers include garden writer Marcia Tatroe, Colorado State professors and Cooperative Extension horticulture specialists Jim Klett and David Whiting, Colorado State Cooperative Extension horticulture agents Carl Wilson of Denver and Irene Shonle of Gilpin County, and local garden experts Dorothy Borland, Tim Buchanan, Marilyn Raff and Scott Skogerboe.

     Registration is due by June 1. For more information and to register, visit  and click on Composing Colorado Landscapes. Cost for classes, materials, lunch and refreshments on June 23-24 is $150 for both days, and $100 for one day only (either Friday, June 23 or Saturday, June 24.) Registrations received after June 1 will have an additional charge of $40. Thursday tours are extra. For more information call 720-733-6935.