Colorado State University’s Twilight Garden Series to Feature Local Gardening Experts

Gardeners of any ability can learn from professionals during the annual Twilight Garden Series, a series of three programs that emphasize practical information delivered informally 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 7, June 21, and June 28. The workshops on June 7 and June 21 will be held at Colorado State’s Plant Environmental Research Center at 630 W. Lake Street on the southwest side of campus. The June 28 workshop will be held at the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 S. Centre Ave. in Fort Collins.

The topics presented at the first workshop on June 7, will deal with gardening in small spaces. Debi Borden-Miller from Welby Gardens will talk on container flower gardens. Container vegetable gardens will be covered by Mary Miller from the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins. Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor David Whiting will discuss suitable construction materials for raised bed gardens.

The workshop on June 21 will focus on the wonderful world of woody plants. Alison Stoven O’Connor, CSU Extension agent in Larimer County, will cover planting trees and Jim Klett, professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, will discuss some trees especially suited for areas along the Front Range. David Whiting, also with the department, will talk post-planting tree care.

On June 28, the “Accessorizing the Garden” workshops will feature the new Outdoor Teaching Kitchen at the Gardens at Spring Creek. David Doyle from Summit Lawn and Landscape will give a talk on designing landscape lighting. Joanie Schneider from Sustainescapes Landscaping will cover garden accents, and Zak George from Zak George Landscaping will discuss using pavers and stone in home landscapes.

The Twilight Garden Series is sponsored by Colorado State’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State Extension and the Gardens on Spring Creek

Registration will be held on-site from 6-6:30 p.m., and the programs will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for a single event or $10 for the entire series. Refreshments and door prizes will be handed out. Workshops are held outdoors, rain or shine, so participants are asked to dress appropriately for unpredictable weather.

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