Garden Center, Plant Nursery, Plants Colorado Springs
Garden Center, Plant Nursery, Plants Colorado Springs


Annual Garden Symposium

Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22th

All classes are free, but please register as seating is limited. Call, email or sign up below.

April 21, 2018 Saturday

10am-11am: How to make Seedballs
Want to have better luck with your seeds? Try making seed balls.  These balls will help with germination, seeds won’t get eaten by squirrels or birds and rain won’t wash them away.  Any seeds can be used. Taught by local gardener of Bloomin’ Beds Gardening who frequently uses seedballs in client’s gardens to fill spaces,

11am-12pm: Wildscapes
Your backyard is important.  As habitats are lost to development and climate change, pollinators and wildlife will rely on your landscape throughout the year to meet more and more of their needs.  This class focuses on ways for you to design your landscape to create a bird, bee, butterfly, and wildlife sanctuary for all seasons.  We’ll cover regionally appropriate plants that are the most useful, from beautiful but functional patio pots to winter shrubs that provide cover and food.  Taught by award winning garden designer Deb Stavish of Deb’s Gardening, an earth first company.

12pm-1pm: Beauty and Beasts:  Accomodating Deer and other “Beasts” without Sacrificing Beauty
Tailsman Ford, extremely talented local garden designer and owner of The Charmed Thumb landscape design company will tackle the fearsome mule deer.  Can we still have a beautiful yard where they roam?  Moving beyond the same 5 plants, she will share some plants deer despise and aren’t already overused. Russian sage is nice but there is so much more!  Putting beauty first, she will show how to attract beneficial wildlife that increase beauty in unexpected ways.

1-2pm: Pot Pourri and Herbal Blends— an Old-fashioned Craft for Modern Living
This class will teach us how to gather, dry and blend scented flowers and foliage to make sachets for decorative and culinary use. The native plants and Mediterranean herbs that do well in Colorado gardens combined with the dry climate of the Front Range make it easy to create personalized herbal blends for the home.  Join world renowned author and gardener Ethne Clarke for this unique class and insight.

2pm-3pm: Container Gardening
Learn the basics of gardening in containers.  We’ll discuss soils, container types, fertilizers, design, texture, and all the useful tips you need to get the most out of your containers.  We’ll cover all the basics so you can turn the ordinary into extraordinary.  Taught by local garden designer and gardener Deb Stavish of Deb’s Gardening. Deb has won many awards for containers so she knows what she’s talking about!

April 22, 2018 Sunday

11pm-12pm: Hummingbird Haven
Back by popular demand! We’re teaching all about hummingbirds again this year. Local bird expert and owner of Songbird Supplies, Michael Rodgers and Julie McIntyre owner of Summerland Gardens will fill you in on all you need to know to keep your hummers happy.  He’ll discuss the species we have in Colorado Springs and how to identify them. He’ll also discuss feeder options, placement and general care for the birds.  Julie will cover some of the best plants to have in your yard to provide them with natural nectar sources.  She’ll cover placement, as well as care and maintenance of their favorite plants so they’ll always have something to visit in your yard. 

1pm-2pm: Perfect Perennials
So what exactly are the best perennials to plant in Colorado Springs? Join local Master Gardener and Certified Nursery Professional Allen Johnson from Britton Nursery (a local wholesaler grower of perennials) and find out.  He’ll discuss his favorite perennials (plants that come back year after year) that are not only well suited for our climate, but also adaptable, pollinator friendly and good bloomers.  These plants have never let him down and continue to perform year after year without a lot of maintenance and worry.  Because, let’s face it, some summers are pretty challenging with our weather.  They’re our Perfect Perennials.

2-3 pm: “Bee” Attractive: Bulbs, Edibles, Seed-started Flowers, Shrubs, and Trees that Attract Beneficials Beyond Bees and Butterflies
A high performing garden requires attracting beneficial insects into your garden, both above ground and below.  Learn about ways to attract more beneficials beyond just honeybees and butterflies. Perennials are the backbone of every garden but early bulbs, seed-started flowers, and lesser known shrubs and trees provide season-extending biodiversity that improves garden health and beauty. Taught by the much-sought-after local garden designer Tailsman Ford, come learn how to create a healthy landscape from shoot to root without all the chemicals. 


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