Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jackson Hole Wildflower Tour

Susie has put together a wonderful wildflower tour trip to the Tetons for August 3-5 for our Friends of the Garden members.  The iternary will go as follows:
photo from Lewis Stage Coaches
Early Wednesday morning departure we will stopping at the University of Idaho Aberdeen Research Facility  and the BYU-Idaho Botanical Gardens on the way to Jackson Hole.  A deluxe boxed lunch will be provided. 
Aberdeen Research Facility & BYU Idaho Botanical Gardens
Upon arrival to Jackson Hole we will check in at the Snow King Resort.  That evening you will be free to spend the night on the town or enjoy the various hotel amenities.  A free shuttle bus is available and departs every 1/2 hour. 
Photo courtesy of Snow King Resort
Thursday morning you'll enjoy a hot breakfast buffet at the resort and then we'll leave for Teton Village where we will take the aerial tram to the the top of Rendezvous Peak.
Teton Village Aerial Tram
There will be a choice of 3 tours based on length and level of difficulty conducted by  Jerry, Richard, or JayDee.  There will be free time at Teton Village to enjoy the shops and have lunch until our early afternoon departure back to the hotel.
Your tour guides and hosts for this fun trip
That evening we will enjoy the "famous" chuck wagon dinner and show at the Bar J Ranch.
Friday morning after the hot breakfast buffet we'll pack our bags, load the bus, and leave the hotel.  We will be visiting local botanical attractions before heading home. There will places to stop along the way where you can purchase lunch before we return home that evening.
Photo courtesy of Bar J Ranch
  We hope that you will join us for a wonderful wildflower tour through Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The cost is $499 which includes transportation, four meals, lodging, tram ride, wildflower tour, Bar J Ranch food and entertainment!  To register please call Stacie at (801) 451-3403.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Landscape Design Basics Class

Larry Sagers will be teaching a Landscape Design Basics course on May 5, 12, and 19 at the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District classroom.  Click here to learn more.  There is a fee for this course and seating is limited.  To register call Stacie at (801) 451-3403.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Herbaceous Plants Power Point

Susie and I had a great time teaching the Master Gardener course on Herbaceous Plants.  We hope that you learned a lot and that we inspired you to try some new plants in your own gardens this year.

Don't forget our 1st Master Gardener Clean up Day is April 5th from 9am-2pm.  We are so excited to work with you this year out in the gardens!
Herbaceous Plants 2010

Friday, March 11, 2011

2011 Ogden Botanical Gardens and Utah Botanical Center Class Schedule

Our class schedule is now out and ready for you to view.  There are going to be some really great classes this year and most of them are free!  We have lined up some awesome teachers to teach us about various gardening topics.  There is something for everyone!  We hope to see everyone at the gardens this year!
Click here to see all our upcoming events and class schedule.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pruning Demonstration at the Ogden Botanical Gardens

The first class of the season is coming up soon.  It will be Saturday, March 26th at 9am to Noon.  Susie will be teaching how to properly prune shrubs.  Dori will be demonstrating pruning techniques on ornamental trees. 
Vic will be in the Rose Garden pruning the roses for you to see. 
Jerry will be inside the classroom explaining the basics of fruit tree pruning. 
Each class will last an hour and will be repeated each hour.  For all the information click here
Hope to see everyone on the 26th.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Winter Weather

Snow is falling all around....Can you believe our March weather so far?  We are back to work and this is the spectacular scenery we had this morning.  The snow is melting fast, so I had to go and snap as many cool pictures this morning before it was gone.  Now, we're just left with a big puddle the size of Texas! 
There isn't much to do in the gardens now with all the water on the ground and all.  Susie and I are staying busy in our new office.  It was finished our last week of work last October.  Thanks to all those who helped us paint, put up a drywall where the ticket window was, lay carpet,and put in new furniture.  It really does look spectacular.  If you're in the area when we're here you'll have to come check it out.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Backyard Chicken Class in Weber County

Backyard Chicken Class 
When: THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011  
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Where:  USU Extension,1181 North Fairgrounds Drive, Ogden

Backyard chickens help maintain a sustainable food source, teach children responsibility and are gaining enormous popularity in urban settings.  Participants will learn the basics of selection, feeding, management, predator control and legalities.  David Frame, the state USU Extension Poultry Specialist will be the instructor.  
Call (801) 399-8201 To enroll in the class.
1181 North Fairgrounds Drive
Ogden, UT 84404-3100
Phone:  (801) 399-8208
Fax:  (801) 399-8205
E-mail:  james.barnhill@usu.edu                                                        

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION. Special Needs:  For any special arrangements including dietary, physical accesses, or other accommodation requests, please call the Utah State University Extension office for Weber County.  Five working days is needed to facilitate special needs requests.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We're Back in Business

Yes, we are back to work.  Sad to see our time off come to end, but happy to start a new year at the most beautiful place in the State.  The building is once again open for business and we are waiting for the snow to melt. 
We already have a new attraction at the gardens thanks to one of our Master Gardeners, Brandon Cooper.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful people to work with.  You'll need to come and visit the gardens and our new attraction soon!  It is another great feature that will compliment our Outdoor Classroom.  I'm not going to reveal our surprise just yet.  There need to be a few finishing touches before the big reveal.  So stayed tuned.
Don't forget the Ogden Standard-Examiner's Spring Home and Garden Show at the Weber County Fairgrounds is going on this weekend.  Susie and I will be giving a class on Veggies on Saturday at 3pm.  It will get you excited to planting your gardens.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Great Book for a Great Price

Trees of Utah by Sherm Brough and Darrell Weber
Identify the trees that grow around you or trees that you may want to plant.  Using the keys with visual diagrams, you can learn to identify different kinds of trees.  There are descriptions of 250 trees that grow in Utah.  In the book, Trees of Utah, there is information on the tree size at maturity which can help people decide what type of tree they should plant in their yard.  The common diseases for the different kinds of trees are listed.
Trees of Utah normally sells for $14.95, but they are offering it for only $7.00 per book plus $1 for shipping if you purchase 1 or more copies.

For this special price please email or call 801-830-6091

{This is a great book and a valuable one in my collection.  I use it often when helping people identify trees in their yards and what to plant as well.}