LONGMONT – The season of inspiration is underway with classes and workshops geared towards getting gardeners primed for spring. If you’re looking for a high impact day guaranteed to pack your head full of ideas, the place to start is at the annual High Plains Landscape Workshop, March 10 at the Drake Centre in Fort Collins.
This years’ workshop, “Planting with a Purpose,” will examine planting for ecology, edibles, beauty, and finally, community.
A fundraiser for the Gardens on Spring Creek, the event gets down to earth about real-world gardening with a mix of design, plant selection, and focus on Making a garden that supports and serves a wide range of denizens, from tiny bugs to state-sized communities.
Dave Leatherman, an avid birder and retired entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service, will present on Planting for Ecology. He draws from a career in observing the interactions of plants, animals, and arthropods and their interwoven effect on our environment. Leatherman will guide you through the positive benefits of gardening and its role in helping protect and encourage all of our residents.
Following Leatherman is Micaela Truslove, a Colorado State University Extension Master Gardener Coordinator in Broomfield, with an inspiring look at Planting for Edible Landscapes. Make the most of your landscape for both beauty and bounty with her how-to guide to showing off the glory of food plants along with showy ornamentals. Tips on how to do away with your front lawn, start a small home or-chard, or integrate a few edible plants to an existing landscape, this session is a must-see for contemporary gardeners.
The legendary gardener Rob Proctor will wow you with Planting for Beauty, a don’t-miss presentation from the author, illustra-tor, photographer, and lecturer. A gardening commentator at 9News, Proctor has an intimate understanding of Colorado gardening with all of its quirky challenges. He’ll offer design tips for bringing out the best in your garden, whether it’s containers, beds, borders or entire landscapes.
Wrapping up the day is Brian Vogt, CEO of Denver Botanic Gardens, in an inspiring talk on the role of gardens in Planting for Communities. Steering one of the USA’s top botanical gardens for over a decade, Vogt has worked to ensure Denver has an outstanding public garden showcasing the region and his very talented staff of experts. From curating world-renowned art exhibits, guiding new garden construction, to surpassing one mil-lion visitors annually, Denver Botanic is one of the most-revered public gardens on the conti-nent. Brian will leave you inspired, enlightened and grounded in the transformative power of gardening for communities.
The popular event includes lunch and a chance to talk with other gardeners who revel in early season planning for beautiful landscapes. Registration is $65 for members, $75 for non-members, includes lunch (after February 16 registration is $85). Workshop information and registration materials are available at fcgov.com/gardens/programsspecial-events/adult-education/high-plains-landscape-workshop or by calling the Gardens on Spring Creek at 970.416.2486.
By Carol O’Meara, Colorado State University Extension. Colorado State University Extension, together with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, provides unbiased, research-based information about consumer and family issues, horticulture, natural resources, agriculture and 4-H youth development. For more information contact Colorado State University Extension at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Box B, Longmont, 303.678.6238, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ext.colostate.edu/boulder.