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Colorado State University Twilight Garden Series Offers Three Summer Programs for Front Range Gardeners

May 30, 2014



FORT COLLINS, Colo., May 30 -- Colorado State University issued the following news release:

Topics of interest to Front Range gardeners are the focus of 2014 Twilight Garden Series, which will feature three informative presentations in June and early July. Issues addressed vegetable gardening, sensory gardening and attracting the birds and bees to the garden along with keeping pests out of the garden.

The series is offered annually by CSU'sDepartment of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, CSU Extension, the Gardens on Spring Creek and the City of Fort Collins community botanic garden. The Twilight Garden Series is an outreach effort that provides Front Range gardeners with research-based knowledge and strategies for success.

Each presentation will feature three guest speakers who are experts in their fields.

The Twilight Garden Series is open to the public. The presentations will be outdoors, rain or shine. Cost to attend is $10 per session, or $25 for all three sessions. Each program will begin at 6:30 p.m., with on-site registration preceding at 6 p.m. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

For more information about Twilight Garden Series, call (970) 491-7019 or visit http://hortla.agsci.colostate.edu/.

The schedule of presentations follows:

June 3: Veggie Madness

At the CSU Plant Environmental Research Center, 630 W. Lake St., Fort Collins

Talks include:

* Weed Control in Vegetable Gardens - Dr. Tony Koski, Professor and Extension Turf Specialist in the CSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

* Amazing Vegetable Varieties - Carol O'Meara, Extension Agent Horticulture Entomology, Boulder County

* Veggie Container Gardening - Mary Miller, Community Outreach Coordinator, Gardens on Spring Creek

June 17: Sensory Sensations

At the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins

Talks include:

* Culinary Herbs - Growing and Harvesting - Alison O'Connor, Extension Agent Horticulture, Larimer County

* Texture, Sound and Motion - Carrie Shimada, Program Associate, Horticulture, Weld County

* Sensory Gardening - Sherry Fuller, Horticulturist and Adult Education Coordinator, Gardens on Spring Creek

July 1: The Birds, the Bees and the Beasties

At the CSU Plant Environmental Research Center, 630 W. Lake St., Fort Collins

Talks include:

* Pollinators - Whitney Cranshaw, Professor and Extension Specialist in the CSU Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

* Preventing Wildlife Issues - Kevin Cook, local naturalist

* Attracting Birds - Peggy Heimbrook, Professor Emeritus at University of Northern Colorado and Larimer County Master Gardener

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