Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “The Power of Permicultures”

Presented by by Rhonda Thompson. 

Colorado Technical University, Room 260-A at 7:00 p.m.

You don’t need to be a hippie with a composting toilet to practice Permaculture! Permanent Agriculture is a design system using the logic and balance of nature that can (and should!) be integrated into anyone’s yard or property. Learn more about the ethics and principles of this earth/people friendly system of sustainable living and land use.

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University, 4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt”

Presented by Steve Loy, owner of Sun Maintenance Service, a professional landscaping business.

Join the Horticultural Arts Society for the free presentation “Don’t Treat Your Soil Like Dirt” on Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 pm at Colorado Technical University, Room 256. Steve Loy, owner of Sun Maintenance Service, a professional landscaping business, will teach us how to manage and improve our soils for a healthier garden.  Learn how to avoid plant problems by using amendments and mulches targeted for our Pikes Peak area soils.  Call 719-357-9427 or visit www.hasgardens.org for more information.

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University,
4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “Starting Your Garden From Seed”

seed-displayPresented by Leslie Holzmann, Master Gardener and Black Forest resident. 

February’s gardening talk will be on “Starting Your Garden From Seed”  on February 11, in room 256 at Colorado Technical University. Why start your garden from seed? You’ll have more varieties to choose from than from nursery selections. You’ll have healthy seedlings, ready when you want them. Best of all, you’ll have the satisfaction of starting your garden from the very first step. Some seeds can’t wait to grow, while others need some specific coaxing. We’ll learn about them all in this class on the ABCs of seed starting.

Leslie Holzmann started gardening at the tender age of three and has been at it ever since. In order to share her accumulated knowledge with others she became a Master Gardener in 2001, and volunteered for the next ten years. She’s lived in Black Forest since 1993, where she cultivates an extensive vegetable garden and a
small perennial border. She still shares what she’s learning on her gardening and birding blog: http://www.mountain-plover.com

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University,
4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m., “No-Lawn Landscapes”

No-Lawn-Landscape---Pat-SullivanPresented by Pat Sullivan, Smart Garden Design

Come get ideas and inspiration for the many ways to use the space now occupied by lawn.

What if you didn’t have a lawn? Watering restrictions have driven many homeowners to tear out their lawns
and replace them with rock. That seems such a shame, because you can do so many other things with that space that still saves water! You could create a landscape that invites you to enjoy it. Thinking about your pets or your children? There will be ideas for that, too. Topics will also include meditation/exercise spaces, entertaining areas, really impact, and artificial turf pro’s & cons.

Pat Sullivan has a degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M, and has been in the industry since the 1970’s. She has been a garden designer in Colorado Springs for over ten years, and has a landscape design course for homeowners given in the spring.

Free to all at the Colorado Technical University,
4435 North Chestnut (exit Garden of the Gods Road).

Wednesday, October 9 , 2013, 7:00 p.m., “Bulbs! Bulbs! Bulbs!”

allium.jpgPresented by Diane Brunjes, Certified Colorado Gardener and HAS Gardener

Join us for an evening of learning about bulbs – and not just the standard crocus, daffodils, and tulips. Diane will tell us which bulbs can be planted now to extend the growing season, brighten the home, and be a delicious dish on the table. She will cover the spring and summer ornamentals, houseplants and holiday delights, and the allium family, including garlic, onions, and shallots.

Free to all at the East Library, 5550 E. Union Blvd.

Wednesday, June 12 , 2013, 6:00 p.m. tour & 7:00 p.m., “Demystifying Drip”

carnegiegarden.jpgPresented by Carla Anderson, ASLA

6:00 p.m. Tour of the Carnegie Library garden (on the Penrose Library property) – Get a “hands on” look at a drip system “in the field” in the award-winning garden.
7:00 p.m. Presentation – “Demystifying Drip”

Do you want to have more control over your garden’s drip irrigation system, but aren’t sure what it’s all about? Do you want to save water and have healthier plants? Come to this presentation for a layman’s explanation of drip irrigation, and be empowered!

Carla has a degree in Botany, and has been a registered Landscape Architect for over 25 years. A resident of Colorado since 1992, she has been a Colorado Master Gardener since 1996. Her professional work of site design, planting design, and construction supervision focuses on environmentally responsible landscape solutions. This includes water management practices, use of native, low maintenance and drought-tolerant plants, and consideration of adverse environmental impacts, such as challenges with native fauna and erratic weather conditions.

Free to all at the Penrose Library – 20 N. Cascade Ave.

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013, 7:00 p.m., “Pot ‘Em Up!”

dbg_containers.jpgPresented by Cheryl Conklin

“Pot ‘Em Up” will take a look at the many roles containers can have in Xeriscape™ gardens. There are tips for successful container gardening, from pot choices and planting mediums to plants that withstand and even enjoy heat. And finally, design ideas which showcase the versatility and fun of potting up.

Cheryl Conklin is a landscape gardener, design consultant, coach, writer, educator, and personal growth facilitator. A life-long gardener from a family of green-knees and dirty fingernails, she founded her company, Green Way Gardening in 1999. She has taught at Pikes Peak Community College and Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs and has spoken at numerous garden clubs and horticultural events in our region.

Free to all at the East Library, 5550 E. Union Blvd.