|Visit the Gardens
by Jerry Goodspeed, Ogden Botanical Garden
been a great spring in the Gardens! The
flowers are blooming, the trees are growing, and the weather is warming. This is a great time of the year to walk
through an arboretum, enjoy the aroma of a rose garden, or take a hike through
a mountain glade.
to thank all those who have helped make this spring so successful in our
gardens. We have had some great classes, fun activities and a wonderful plant
sale. Our Food Bank Garden at the Utah Botanical Center is planted, growing,
and we already have volunteers signing up to help with the care of the gardens.
If you, your family or a group would like to help with the garden this summer,
please call Stacie at 801-451-3403. All the food grown in the Food Bank garden
will be donated to the food bank to help out those in need.
greatly appreciate all your support and help. We will continue to work hard and
create beautiful spaces where a family can enjoy and learn of the wonders and
beauties of nature. Please stop by the Gardens, take a peaceful stroll and say
|Blooms in the Garden
by Jerry Goodspeed
now there are a number of plants in bloom in the Gardens and it is a good time
to come by, take a walk, and see what you might want to incorporate into your
own garden. Here is a list of some of
the more colorful perennials blooming right now:
Firewitch Dianthus: look for the small mound covered with delicate pink flowers.
Homestead Verbena: this creeping plant will soon be covered
in purple blooms.
Iris: they will peak around the first week of June this
Penstemon: spikes of red, purple, pink and orange will
raise 1 to 2 feet above these plants.
Helianthemum: also called a sunrose, these low growing
plants are found in colors of red, pink, orange and yellow.
ground cover, also known as wine cups, has a pink to purple flower
Hymenoxys: Common name is sundancer daisy, it has yellow
flowers that rise 6 inches above the mounding plant.
Lilac Root Weevil
by Jerry Goodspeed
The lilac root weevil is the pest that notches the leaves of
many of our ornamentals. The adults eat
almost a perfect little half circle in the leaves. They feed at night and can attack a number of
different plants. The larva feed on the
roots. For more information go to http://utahpests.usu.edu/ or http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05551.html
Codling Moth Update: http://utahpests.usu.edu/ipm/files/uploads/AdvisoryUpdates/Advisory09/Fruit-IPM-05-20-09.pdf
Purple Robe Locust
by JayDee Gunnell
Purple Robe Locust
(Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe')
Type: Medium-large flowering tree
Zone: 4-8 (to -30°F)
Size: 30-40 feet tall
25-35 feet wide
Description: Purple Robe locust is considered
to be the "prettiest" of the black locusts. Showy pink-blushed, pea-like
flowers are born from mid to late May. The tree is an extremely vigorous growing
tree and can tolerate difficult areas including wet, poorly-drained soils. I
have seen this tree planted in standing water...and thrive afterwards. Unlike other
fast growing trees, this locust is considered extremely hard-wooded. However,
all is not "rosy" with this tree selection; included bark and weakly attached branches
break easily, especially in high wind areas. The longevity of this tree is also
limited by a common insect pest, the Locust borer. This borer riddles the trunk
and branches by burrowing into the wood, limiting water and nutrient flow as
well as physically weakening the tree. Sadly, pretty in pink doesn't always
translate into permanence in the landscape.
|Upcoming Programs and Events
► "15th Anniversary Gala"
Friday, June 26 at the Ogden Botanical Gardens
-Come and celebrate our 15 years of the Ogden Botanical
Gardens providing beauty and education. We will have art, some music and a little food. Master Gardeners and the Garden's Staff will
also be conducting garden tours. More information will follow.
► Free Plant Diagnostic Clinics
UBC: Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. at the Davis County Courthouse in Farmington
OBG: Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. at the Ogden
-Walk in with a sample of something you are having problems
with in the landscape and leave with a better understanding of the problem and
some helpful solutions.
with Connie Bott, Weber County Master Gardener
Thursday, July 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ogden Botanical Gardens
Thursday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Utah Botanical Center
-If you have always wanted to learn how to make soap and
create your own fragrances, this class is for you. Participants will
leave with their own soap creation and a working knowledge of how to do it at
Call to pre-register now and save a spot in the
class. Seating in classes is limited, so call TODAY!
Fee: $25/OBG-UBC members; $30/nonmembers*
► Designing Japanese Gardens
for Your Landscape
Friday, July 17, 12-1 p.m. at the Ogden Botanical Gardens
► Drying Flowers & Making
Botanical Cards Class
September - More information to follow.
► Fresh Flower Arranging Class
October - More information to follow.
► Utah Botanical Center Farmers Market
Thursdays, July 16 - October 1, 5-8 p.m. at the Utah Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville
-The Farmers Market is a great addition to the educational
and recreational experiences the Utah Botanical Center provides. We are excited
about the opportunity to host the Farmers Market to enrich the lives of people
in surrounding communities and support local growers, gourmet food producers,
and artisans. Visit http://utahbotanicalcenter.org/htm/events/farmersmarket for more information.
Click here for a complete list of events at the Utah Botanical Center
Click here for a complete list of events at the Ogden Botanical Gardens
|Get Growing Calendar
Thin fruit on apple, pear
and peach trees for better-tasting, larger, quality fruit. (leave 6" between
Plant perennials that
Fertilize annuals with a
Put on the second
application of pre-emergent to the lawn
Irrigate the lawn 1½ to 2
inches of water per week
Deadhead all the spring
Remove the dead foliage from
spring blooming bulbs
Apply nitrogen fertilizer to
potatoes and corn
Check the sprinkler system
to ensure proper coverage
Prune shrubs that bloomed, such as lilacs and forsythia
To prevent worms, begin
spraying cherries when they start turning from green to slightly pink or
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