Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Annuals, Perennials, &
Veggie Starts Plant Sale
The time for planting colorful annuals is almost here! This community class will teach color and variety combinations to create beautiful displays in flowerbeds. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn how to really use annuals in the landscape for the most impact. Susie and Dori will be designing one of their annual flower beds and will show their step-by-step process. After the demonstration, the these same plants will be for sale so that you can take them home and plant at in your gardens. Quantities are limited. No need to pre-register, just meet at the Education Building at the Ogden Botanical Gardens.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Herbaceous Plants 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
So, here at the Ogden Botanical Gardens we experimented with how we pruned our forsythias last year. Last spring after they were done blooming I asked Vic to cut a few of them all the way down to ground. Now don't panic. There usually is a method to my madness. I remember hearing my old boss Peter Lassig tell me that forsythias can be cut down to the ground on a three year rotation and it will improve their blooming potential. So, after I reassured Vic that the forsythia would thank us later for cutting it back, we did just that. At first you are left with a few stumps, but as the summer progressed the forsythia put on about four feet of new growth. This spring I am happy to report that it is the best the forsythia has looked in a long time.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Jerry and Richard taught the "Backyard Bounty" classes about growing veggies in raised beds. The classes were taught right in our new raised bed demonstration garden that was installed last year. It was a great visual of how to construct, irrigate and what soils to use in raised beds. We hope that you all enjoyed the class and came away with a some new ideas for your own gardens this year. Come back and see how our demonstration garden produces throughout this growing season and enjoy the harvest.
We were also fortunate to have Mike Pace, the extension agent for Box Elder County, teach a workshop on grafting fruit trees. Each student was able to learn the art of grafting scion wood onto a rootstock and then take two apple trees home with them. Mike said that this is his most favorite class to teach and it shows. All those who attended had a wonderful time and came away with a better understanding of how to propagate fruit trees.
Our first plant sale of the season was also a huge hit and we had an awesome turnout. Thanks to Richard for growing such beautiful perennials such as Firecracker Penstemon, Suncatcher Daisy, and Iceplant--just to name a few. We are excited to have many more plant sales this year.
Look for our next sale May 13th from 12-6pm--we will have many more perennials, annuals, and veggies to buy. Susie and Dori will be teaching a free class on Annual Bed Design with a demonstration at noon-1pm. Also, there will be Hanging Basket Workshops at 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm & 6-7:30pm. Come a plant a hanging basket for yourself or your mom.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The daffodils have started blooming in our little aspen grove. It is so much fun to see a pop of color in the gardens when everything is still slowly waking up from it's winter sleep. Daffodils are a great addition to the garden since they can take care of themselves. Unlike tulips, deer despise them and there bulb does not get smaller as they get older. In fact, it's just the opposite. Daffodils will naturalize, which means that their bulb will continue to divide and the clump will get bigger over time. We love their little cup and saucer faces and the warmth they bring to a bleak landscape this time of year.
The trick when designing with daffodils is to use a lot of them close together. Have you ever seen one daffodil on it's own? It's not a pretty site and you probably wouldn't even notice it. Planting large numbers of them will give the impact you are lookin for. There are many colors and varieties to choose from. Plant some early, mid and late blooming daffodils in your garden this upcoming fall and you too will be able to enjoy them next spring. They truly are worth the wait.
Friday, April 9, 2010
To register: Call 801-399-8201 right now to be added to the participant list. Next, mail or take in the registration fee to secure a spot in the class.
Fee: $35/person for non-members, $25/person for members of Ogden Botanical Gardens/Utah Botanical Center*. (Please pay in advance at Weber County USU Extension, 1181 North Fairgrounds Drive, Ogden, UT 84404)
*For information on receiving discounts on classes and plant purchases, special tours and other great benefits of membership in the Gardens: http://extension.usu.edu/htm/horticulture/ubcobg-memberships
Thursday, April 8, 2010
First PLANT SALE of the Season
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sorry Master Gardeners it looks like snow is forecasted tomorrow for our Clean Up Day, so we will have to postpone our work day until next Tuesday the 13th. We hope that you will all be able to join us then and that we will have better weather. No one wants to weed in 4 inches of snow! Sorry about the inconvenience. We can't wait to see you next Tuesday 9am-2pm. We are planning on have a yummy lunch and working with y'all in the gardens!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
What's up with all the snow? It's April and we have a lot on our to-do list here at the gardens, just like I'm sure you do in your own yards. There is pruning that needs to be finished, cleaning out all the perennial junk from last year, weeding, and raking. Instead Susie and I are forced to stay inside and clean up the building. It's a necessary evil and unfortunately it really needed to be done. We got our tool closet organized, which has never been done, washed walls (Uck!),and vacuumed up the sawdust from our recent construction project. Yah, we are getting a kitchen in our classroom.
We are so lucky here at the gardens to work with wonderful master gardeners--you know who you are. Everyday Susie, Jerry & I marvel at all the wonderful things you do for us. We are excited that a new kitchen area is underway behind our classroom. It looks wonderful with a new slate floor, a tiled counter, a sink, and cabinets. It truly is a work of art and the nicest thing in our building. Jerry said that we will be teaching classes in there from now on.
When it is finished I will post a picture. So stayed tuned and don't let Mother Nature trick you too.