Sunday, April 22, 2012

Looking for a great way to spend Mother's Day with the whole family?  Come to our first ever Baby Animals Days at the USU Botanical Center in Kaysville.  This fun event will be on Friday evening and all day Saturday. 
Come see some cute baby goats, ducks, chicks, llamas, and lambs.  There will be train rides,  a rock wall, and a putting green with prizes.  Go here for more information. Hope to see you and the family there! 
Buy your tickets online here or at the gate and remember to bring a non-perishable food item and receive $5 off the $25 family ticket price.
Baby Animal Days Poster (2)

Friday, April 6, 2012

How to Register for the Get Growing Classes

I apologize for any problems people have been experiencing with trying to register for our upcoming classes using my past blog posts.
Here is the updated and working links to the registration sites.  Thanks Kathy!

Get Growing Gardening Classes
New this year we are offering a great Saturday morning of classes on some of our most requested topics:
       Raised Beds (for vegetables, herbs, berries and even fruit trees)
       Planting & Selecting Trees & Shrubs

Each class is taught by an expert, and you will take home free vegetables for your garden.  Attached is the flyer with information about the classes and registering.  Cost for all three classes only:  $20/public, $14/member
To register Click Here or call 801-399-8201

NOTE:  If you haven’t become a “Friend of the Gardens” for both the Ogden Botanical Gardens & USU Botanical, here is a link where you can read more and get an application.  Click Here   Over the growing season a membership pays for itself in discounts on all classes, discounts on plants at the “Members Only” Plant Sale (including plants grown only for members), discounts on merchandise, and special invitations to events planned just for members. 

What does membership do for the gardens?  It allows us to continue developing new areas in the gardens such as the outdoor classroom installed last year with funds from memberships.  We need you, and we do our best to make membership valuable to you.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call 801-399-8201.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April To-Do List

Okay, it's April and with all this warm weather that we've been having, we can get gardening sooner this year than last!
Here are some things that can do this month in the garden!

►        Remove weeds from the garden and ornamental beds early.
►        Start a new compost pile for use later in the season.  Come to our Get Growing Gardening Classes on April 14th.  We'll be teaching about composting, raised bed gardening, and how to select and plant trees and shrubs.  For more information go here and register here.
►        Plant semi-cool crops such as cauliflower, carrots, beets, lettuce, potatoes and Swiss chard.
►        Start an asparagus bed in a trench composed of the existing soil mixed with organic matter and an all-purpose fertilizer.
►        Aerate the lawn to promote air and water movement, decrease thatch, increase fertilizer penetration and prepare to apply pre-emergent.
Core aeration before you apply a pre-emgerent herbicide.
 ►        Apply a pre-emergent to turfgrass the first of April, and again the first of June, to control crabgrass and spurge.
►        Wait to cut back foliage of spring blooming bulbs such as daffodils and tulips until the leaves turn yellow or die back.
 ►        Prune shrubs that bloom after June 1st.
►        Get some new strawberry plants for the berry patch.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Get Growing Class Flyer

If you saw Jerry on Studio 5 a few weeks ago, he mentioned our Get Growing Classes that we'll be having on April 14th.  Here is the flyer with more information about each of the classes.  We have put together a great set of classes with some awesome instructors.  Hope that you want to come and learn from the experts about composting, raised bed gardening, and selecting and planting trees and shrubs.  The workshops are $20 for the public or $14 for Members of the Gardens.  Each participant will go home with some veggie starts for their own gardens.  You can register here.
Get Growing Gardening Classes Big Flyer

How to Prune Fruit Trees, Grapes & Raspberries Power Point

Here is Jerry's fruit pruning power point from Saturday's pruning classes.  It covers fruit trees, grapes, and raspberries.  Thanks for sharing Jerry!
Pruning All Fruits