Colorado State University’s Twilight Garden Series Features Local Gardening Experts

Gardeners of any ability can learn from professionals during the annual Twilight Garden Series, a series of three programs on a variety of gardening topics.

The series, consisting of three, two-hour workshops, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, June 23 and July 7. The workshops on June 2 and July 7 will be held at the Colorado State University Plant Environmental Research Center at 630 W. Lake Street. The June 23 workshop will be held at The Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins. Reservations are not necessary.

The topics of the first workshop on June 2 will center on edible gardening. "Organic Pest Control in Vegetable Gardens" will be presented by Frank Stonaker from the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Design at Colorado State University; "Edibles in Containers" will be presented by Sue Oberle with the city of Fort Collins; and "Herbs and Edible Flowers in the Landscape and Kitchen Garden" by Boulder County Master Gardener Deb Whittaker.  

The workshops on June 23 will cover, "Garden Visitors: Birds, Bees, and Butterflies" with "Honeybees-Angels of Agriculture" presented by Cynthia Manual with Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association; "Native Plants to Attract Bees" will be covered by Whitney Cranshaw, a Colorado State University professor in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management; and "Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden" will be presented by Paul Opler with CSU’s Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management.  

On July 7, the workshops will focus on "Grasses for the Masses". "Native Lawns" will be discussed by Tony Koski, a professor in Colorado State’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; "Ornamental Grasses" will be presented by James Klett, a professor in CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; and "Turf Irrigation and Water Audits" will be presented by Michelle Finchum of the city of Fort Collins.  

The series is sponsored by Colorado State University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State Extension and the city of Fort Collins’ horticulture program. Admission is $5 for a single event or $10 for the entire series; pre-registration is not required. Refreshments, snacks and door prizes will be given. Workshops are held outdoors, rain or shine, so participants are asked to dress appropriately for unpredictable weather.  

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