|Anticipating Spring's Arrival
by Jerry Goodspeed, Ogden Botanical Gardens
plan this coming year I feel a little like a child on Christmas Eve. I just
can't wait for spring to get here so we can start watching our plants and our plans grow. The Utah Botanical Center and Ogden Botanical Garden are working together this year to offer more quality, fun-filled
workshops and educational opportunities.
With many cool things planned, I am already getting that spring itch (OK,
I admit, I usually get it about the second day of January anyway).
We will offer a wider
variety of classes and workshops to increase your knowledge and abilities, and help
save you money throughout the year. You could call it our "Plant Stimulus Package." We will
teach you how to create beautiful things for your home and landscape, and you
get to take home a completed project - a hanging basket, wreath, landscape
design or flower arrangement - to inspire your next attempts.
our workshops, we are offering free pruning demonstrations and classes on
subjects like grafting, tree selection, Japanese gardens, designing with bulbs
and others. Of course, we will still
have our Farmers Market at the UBC and plant sales in the spring at both
locations. This year we will offer a
wider selection of plants. Now, doesn't that make you all excited for the
spring? For more information on
specific classes please visit the UBC Web site at http://utahbotanicalcenter.org/htm/education/adults/garden-workshops.
| Feature Article:
Growing Plants from Seed
by Richard Anderson
people are discovering that growing plants from seed is extremely satisfying,
especially as they learn how to do it well. An immense amount of satisfaction
can be gained by watching a seed germinate and develop through various stages.
In fact, growing plants is considered by many people to be a valuable form of
therapy. Whether you are starting vegetables for the home garden or attempting
to germinate seeds for the landscape, starting small is not only rewarding, but makes good sense on a limited budget. Growing
plants from seeds at first may appear to be quite simple; however, in some
cases it is not, and a little research and preparation will be necessary to
seeds require a set of environmental conditions for germination. The most basic
of these environmental stimuli include heat, light, water and oxygen. Replicating
the natural environmental conditions for your seed variety is the first step in
the germination process. This can be as simple as a germination chamber in the
windowsill or stepping up to a small greenhouse or cold frame in the yard.
Read More of this Month's Feature Article
by Jerry Goodspeed
About this time of the year many people try their hand at
starting their own vegetable or bedding plants from seed. As mentioned in the previous article, this can be fun and interesting, but it can also be a little
discouraging if all the plants suddenly die. Although there are not many
problems with starting seeds at home, one disease called damping off can kill a
flat of seedlings overnight.
Damping off is caused by a fungal disease that likes moist
warm conditions. Of course, this is also the environment most seedlings prefer.
Damping off affects the seedlings right at the base of the small, new plant. The
stem right at the soil level will turn brown and weaken, causing the seedling
to fall over and eventually die. Of course, many people see the wilting
seedling and apply more water, which simply helps the disease spread.
Read More of this Month's Featured Pest
'Horstmann's Silberlocke' Fir
by JayDee Gunnell
'Horstmann's Silberlocke' Fir
koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke')
Type: Small evergreen
Zone: 5-6 (0 to -20°F)
Size: 15-30 feet tall
8-10 feet wide
Description: While this tree is small in
stature, it is big on presentation. The
cultivar, 'Horstmann's Silberlocke' is an extremely slow growing fir with an
irregular, but tight, growth habit. The soft
needles curl upward, revealing a silver streak to the underside. It is often listed as a variegated fir. Even the purple-blue cones (2-3" long) add a
unique presence to the landscape. Cones
usually appear on well-established trees. This tree performs best in a well-drained soil with even moisture. As with other dwarf conifers, be prepared to
spend more money than you normally would on other trees. The slower growth rate and time associated
with producing these plants makes them more expensive. However, they are worth their weight in gold
when, in 10 years, you don't have to pay thousands of dollars to cut them out
(as you would if you planted their full-sized siblings).
by Richard Anderson
1½ feet wide
Description: The name Aquilegia comes from the Latin word aquil, meaning
eagle, referring to the shape of the petals, while formosa, means
beautiful. The common name, columbine, also traces its name root, columba,
meaning dove-like, to the Latin language. Each spring, Aquilegia
formosa, explodes into bloom. Numerous bright, red flowers punctuate loose,
airy stems. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies love this plant because of
the copious amounts of nectar it produces. Finches and sparrows feed on its
seed. I recommend this species to all mountain gardeners, especially
those who can provide a cool, shady bed. With regular watering, this plant can
be grown at lower elevations in fertile, well-drained soil. Regular deadheading
of spent flowers will prolong bloom and prevent volunteer seedlings. Go ahead
and cut the entire plant to the ground once flowering is complete. If you want
to save seed, let a few seed heads develop and harvest before they open. As a
word of warning, columbine seed and plant parts are considered poisonous if
| The Garden Calendar
► Keep fertilizing and watering poinsettias until the colorful bracts (leaves)
fall, then cut back (leaving a few leaves) and let it rest until summer.
► Plant peas in the garden in late February, as soon as the snow is off the ground.
► Consider watering evergreen trees and shrubs if the ground is not frozen and
there is no snow cover.
Check indoor plants for insects and diseases. Remove any dead or diseased
► Plan to attend pruning classes (see "Upcoming Events").
► Fertilize fruit trees with nitrogen.
► Purchase seeds from your favorite nursery or garden center early, before your
favorites are all sold out!
► Consider buying seeds for a couple of new vegetable varieties from one of the
many gardening catalogues arriving in the mail.
Botanical Center Upcoming Events
February 11 Menu for the Future discussion group, 7 p.m. at Utah House
March 7 Energy Merit Badge Class, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Utah House
March 7 Pruning Demonstration, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
March 10 Sustainable Living Class - Easy House Plants for Indoor Air Quality, 7 to 8 p.m.
March 12 Garden Workshops: Creating and Placing Wreaths
Environmental Science Merit Badge Class, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Utah House
March 28 Pruning Demonstration, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
To view all Utah Botanical Center upcoming events, click here
. For all Utah House upcoming events, click here
Try This at Home
lots of simple things that you can do in your home to conserve energy, and save yourself money. Read more.
Volunteering at the Utah House is an excellent opportunity to
meet other community-minded individuals, make new friends, and help support an
important educational resource. We are
currently recruiting volunteers to serve as tour guides for the Utah House,
landscape, and wetland areas; assist with K-6 field trips; and help maintain
our beautiful water-wise landscape. All guides will receive training. Click here to find
Botanical Gardens Upcoming Events
5 Wreath and Wall Decoration Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
required; $25/member; $30/public.
Each participant learn how to design and make a wreath, and learn proper placement and how to
complete a wall arrangement incorporating the wreath.
March 12, 19, 26, April 2 Landscape
Design Course, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
$75/member; $100/public. *Note:
Contact us now if you are interested.
This four-week course teaches the basics of designing a
landscape. Participants learn how to create a
plot plan, develop ideas,
basic design elements, maintenance shortcuts, and finally how to develop a
beautiful master plan. Fundamental drafting supplies are provided;
participants take home a master plan
for their own landscape.
March 28 Pruning Classes, 9 a.m. to noon.
Attend various sessions on fruit trees, ornamental shrubs/trees
and roses. Free and open to the public.
To view all Ogden Botanical Gardens upcoming events, click here
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