Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Art in the Garden Gala: Thursday, June 23rd

I hope that we get a lot of people out to our Art in the Garden Gala this Thursday.  It is going to be such a great free, family event.  This is the third year that we have held an open house to celebrate our 17th Anniversary with you.  Each year this fun event gets better and better.  This year's schedule goes as follows:

3-8pm  Art Stroll through the gardens--come check out some beautiful local art and watch the masters paint on site.  We have 17 artists participating this year!
3-8pm Garden Tours provided by our wonderful Master Gardeners
5,6,7pm Local Musicians will be performing in our Rose Garden
The three performances are as follows:
5-6pm  Harpist, Maren Baumgartner
6-7pm Aspen Strings
7-8pm Acoustic guitar duo
5,6,7pm  Kent Teichert, owner of 'For Your Kitchen' will be showing how to prepare the perfect fresh salssa and how to perserve the harvest with a dehydrator.
We will also have Poppin' Johnny's Ice Cream for sale.  Trudy is making an Ogden Botanical Garden signature flavor.  So come and eat the best ice cream in the world and tell us what you think of our secret flavor!
CB Kettle Corn will also be making their famous kettle corn.  The gardens are going to smell heavenly!
We will also have cotton candy for the kids and adults!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Spray Now to Prevent Wormy Apples Later

Codling moth larvae feeding on a apple.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-3:30pm people call in with horticultural questions. The most asked question this time of year is when to start spraying apple and pear trees for the codling moth.  The codling moth is the pest that causes wormy apples and pears in the fall.  So when do we recommend that you start spraying?  The answer is June 18th for Weber County residents.  With all the rain we had this weekend you can start your spraying schedule this week June 20-25 and you'll be just fine.  To get more information about the codling moth and timings of sprays, please follow this link to the Utah Pests website.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Most Asked Questions of the Week


Here are some of the answers to the most asked questions this week. 

Thanks to the Utah Pests website for being such a great, reliable source for helping 

us diagnose the pest problems that we see on a regular basis.  They have wonderful 

pictures and up-to-date information for the homeowner.

This past week we have a lot people asking about what is wrong with their peach trees.  

They have lost lower limbs of their trees, the leaves came out in the early spring but now

have fallen off, or the leaves are misshapen. 

USU Tree Fruit IPM Pest Advisories provide nearly weekly updates on current insect

and disease occurences, biology, and treatment recommendations for Utah.  Updates run 

from mid-March through September. You can subscribe to their IPM advisory and receive 

updates by email.  


Coryneum Blight (Shot hole)

Shot hole lesions are starting to appear on leaves at this time. Shot hole (or
coryneum blight)
overwinters in buds and spreads from there to leaves and later in the season, to
developing fruit.
On the leaves, you will see small round holes that may be purplish or tan in color.
The center of the lesion will sometimes still be attached. Cool, wet weather
contributes to spread.
At the shuck-split stage, you can use Bravo (chlorothalonil, Daconil for residential
use), Abound,
Captan, Ziram, or Pristine.
And keep in mind that the most important treatment is an application of copper at
50% leaf drop in the fall.

Peach Leaf Curl

In the past, we have seen peach leaf curl in Box Elder, Davis, and Weber counties.
Peach leaf curl is a fungal-caused disease that affects peach and nectarine. We may see it
again this year due to the prolonged periods of cool, wet weather we have had this spring.
Damage may not be evident until later in May or early June. Infection occurs just as the leaves
are opening, and causes puckering and distortion of the leaves. The affected area is pink at first,
and then turns green, then brown. Leaves will drop. After the initial infections, new ones only
occur when temperatures are below 79 F.
If you see these infections, note that there are no fungicides that can be applied at this time.
The best treatment is a single application of a fixed copper applied at leaf fall.
For now, maintain tree vigor of infested trees by thinning more fruit than normal, reducing
drought stress with irrigation, and applying extra nitrogen fertilizer.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Dont' Forget the Flower Sale

We planted our annual beds today!  Yipee!  Thanks to the help from our wonderful Master Gardeners we were able to get all the planting done in one day!  You guys are awesome! 
We have plenty of beautiful and unusual flowers for sale and they are a great price!  You won't find better or more affordable plants anywhere!
Most annual flowers are $12/flat or $1.50/4-packs
Lisianthus are $16/flat or $2.50/6-pack (our most asked about flower at the gardens!)
Geraniums $1.50
Cannas $1.50
Sale is on Thursday from 2-6pm.  Remember that Friends of the Garden you get an additional 20% off these already low prices.  See you tomorrow at the sale!