2020 Garden Classes and Resources along the Front Range

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Denver and Front Range gardeners are very fortunate in having many free and low cost outlets for garden instruction and continuing education.  

Below is a list with links for events that I know of right now. 

PLEASE check back often for updates.

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This group of seminars, workshops, plant shows and conferences charge fees unless other wise noted. Click on each title for sign up, more information and deadlines. The free events generally require signing up as well. 
FRONT RANGE SEMINARS, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS:
January 7 Colorado Food Summit, Denver 

January 8 Ornamental Grasses for Colorado Landscapes, FREE with RSVP, Windsor

January 11 Introduction to Gardening (Vegetable Focus), Brighton 

January 15 Xeriscape 101, FREE with RSVP, Greeley

January 22 The Fascinating Life of the Monarch Butterfly, FREE with reservation, Estes Park

January 30 High Altitude Gardening, FREE with registration, Georgetown

February 8 Seed Starting, Brighton

February 12 Add Green to your Home with Houseplants, FREE with RSVP, Windsor

February 19 City of Greeley Landscape Lecture: Cash for Grass FREE with RSVP

February 27 Battling the Japanese Beetle, Denver

February 29 Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference, Denver

March 7 Denver Rose Society Educational SymROSEium, Denver, FREE with paid admission to Denver Botanic Gardens 

March 14 Pollinators, Brighton

March 14 Western Landscape Symposium, Pueblo

March 18 City of Greeley Landscape Lecture: Horticulture for Western Regions FREE with RSVP

March 24 Battling the Japanese Beetle, Denver

March 28 & 29 FREE workshops in conjunction with the Colorado Cactus & Succulent Society Show and Sale, small fee for entrance, Aurora

April 11 Making and Using Compost, Brighton 

April 15 City of Greeley Landscape Lecture: Retrofit to Drip FREE with RSVP

May 20 City of Greeley Landscape Lecture: Gardening for the Birds FREE with RSVP

June 13 First Bloom Rose Display, Denver, FREE with paid admission to Denver Botanic Gardens

June 17-21 American Rose Society National Show, Colorado Springs 

June 17 City of Greeley Landscape Lecture: Succession Landscaping to Support Pollinators FREE with RSVP

September 16 City of Greeley Landscape Lecture: Put your Garden to Bed FREE with RSVP

October 21 City of Greeley Landscape Lecture: Composting FREE with RSVP

ONGOING PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL TRAINING:

 
Certified Gardener Program Flexible Year Round Online Training

Become a Habitat Hero Garden

Rocky Mountain Gardening Certificate Denver Botanic Gardens

Beekeeping Classes at Hudson Gardens, Littleton
 
Cottage Food Safety Training 

Community Forester Program, Denver

Master Community Gardener Training Program with Denver Urban Gardens

Master Composter Training Program with Denver Urban Gardens

Native Plant Master Program, Metro to Mountain

AREA GARDEN CENTERS: too numerous to mention every business, many classes are free. Please contact your favorite stores for information or check their websites and social media for their 2020 classes and special events. 

GARDEN TOURS:  

May 17 Fairmount Arboretum Event Denver 
May 23 Memorial Day FREE Tour at Riverside Cemetery, Denver
June 7 Tour the World Famous Old Garden Roses at Fairmount Cemetery, Denver


PUBLIC GARDEN INSTITUTIONS AND BOTANIC GARDENS – Many Offer Classes, Seminars and Special Gardening Events. Free or fee based:
 
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Vail
Butterfly Pavilion Westminster
Chester M. Alter Arboretum University of Denver
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Cheyenne, WY
CSU Flower Trial Garden, Ft. Collins

Denver Botanic Gardens
Durango Botanical Society
Fairmount Cemetery Heirloom Roses Denver 
Growing Gardens Boulder 
Montrose Botanic Gardens
Plains Conservation Center Aurora 
Pikes Peak Urban Gardens Colorado Springs
Plant Select® Demonstration Gardens Various locations
The Arboretum at Regis University Denver
The Gardens on Spring Creek Ft. Collins   
The Hudson Gardens Littleton
Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Grand Junction
Yampa River Botanic Gardens Steamboat Springs 

Consider attending or joining a plant society, group or club. You will meet other friendly people. Most meet monthly, have low cost dues and offer educational seminars, garden tours and trips, plant sales and judged shows through the year.


PLANT SOCIETIES AND GARDEN RELATED GROUPS:

 
American Conifer Society Western Region

American Daylily Society Region 9 – Colorado
Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society
Colorado Beekeepers
Colorado Dahlia Society
Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs
Colorado Mycological Society
Colorado Native Plant Society
Colorado Water Garden Society

Community Forester Program Denver
Denver Field Ornithologists
Denver Orchid Society
Denver Rose Society
Front Range Organic Gardeners

Gloxinia Gesneriad Growers
Greater Denver Urban Homesteading Group
Ikebana Denver Chapter

Mile High Bee Club
Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society
Rocky Mountain Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society 
Rocky Mountain Koi Club
Rocky Mountain Unit of The Herb Society of America

The American Iris Society
Tropical Plant Society of Denver

Check out what’s offered in your community if you’re not in Colorado! 

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