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July 2009

Director's Message
by David Anderson, Utah Botanical Gardens

I want to congratulate OBG Director Jerry Goodspeed and his staff, as well as the gardens' many volunteers, donors and partners on the 15th anniversary of the Ogden Botanical Gardens. Recently, a wonderful celebration was held in honor of this achievement - it included art in the garden, food demonstrations and a live concert. Kudos to everyone who has helped transform a worn down, nearly abandoned place into a wonderful, beautiful and educational place to connect with nature.

I am very pleased to announce that Wetland Discovery Point, the UBC's newest teaching space, has been awarded Platinum LEED certification, becoming one of just a few buildings in the state to earn that highest level of distinction. LEED certification is an internationally recognized achievement in building design and construction awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Although it is a public space, Wetland Discovery Point showcases green design details that can be used in homes as well. More details, including a slideshow of the building, are available online (

Lastly, an update on the UBC's Giving Garden. The garden, which is growing produce for local food banks, is doing well. We greatly appreciate the many volunteers who have helped prepare, plant and maintain the garden so far. We invite you to participate with us in this important activity. If you would like to volunteer, contact Stacie at the Davis County Extension Office, 801-451-3403.

Feature Article:
Come Visit the UBC Farmers Market
by JayDee Gunnell

One of the greatest rewards in life is experiencing the sense of community and friendship shared with our neighbors. This year's Farmers Market will again feature fresh produce from local growers, hand-crafted items from artisans, as well as an array of tantalizing food. The Children's Booth is always fun, and Master Gardeners will also be available to answer any of your garden related questions. However, with growth comes change.  Due to the growth and success of the market, the venue of the UBC Farmers Market will be relocated (just slightly!) to the east side of 50 West, (directly across from the Utah House parking lot) in the new Varga Arboretum, which was dedicated this past spring. We hope that this change will not only enhance the atmosphere of the market, but also improve parking availability. This year the market will be Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and will begin on Thursday, July 16 and run through October 1. Come experience, good times, good people and good food.

Featured Perennial:
Sulfur Flower Buckwheat
by Richard Anderson

Type: Perennial, clump  
Zone: 3 (-40F)
Size: 1 foot tall and 1 feet wide
Description: Sulfur flower buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) is a native perennial commonly encountered throughout the Western United States, growing on hot, dry, rocky slopes and ridges. Sulfur flower buckwheat forms a low mat of foliage with woody stems and the attractive flowers are long lasting, variably yellow colored, and gradually fade to orange russet, then coppery brown. Sulfur flower buckwheat can be used in large plantings as a colorful evergreen groundcover or in small groups mixed with other water-wise plants. We suggest planting into lean, well-drained soils in a site where the crown is protected from standing water. Sulfur flower buckwheat will attract butterflies and is reported to be resistant to foraging rabbits.

 Featured Pest:
Water Stress
by Jerry Goodspeed

One of the most common problems during the summer months is water stress. This is caused by either too much or too little water. This can occur in lawns, with annuals and perennials, and some large leaved trees. The symptoms on trees include leaf scorch (pictured). When annuals and perennials are drought stressed, they will wilt and die. The lawns will turn an off-green color, then brown, and eventually go dormant. 

As soon as a plant shows any wilting or browning of the leaves, most people immediately assume it needs more water. This can actually do more harm than good. The best way to check and see if your plants have enough water is to simply dig around in the soil. Although this sounds obvious, many people never actually check the soil to determine water availability.

Before just assuming the plant is water or drought stressed, check the soil. Dig a good 3 to 5 inches into the soil (where the roots are found) and grab some soil. If it is moist to the touch, the plant is probably not water stressed and there may be some other problems. See for more information.

Featured Tree:
Kentucky Coffee Tree
by JayDee Gunnell

(Gymnocladus dioicus)
Type: Large shade tree
Zone: 3 to 8 (to -40F)
Size: 60 to 70 feet tall
         40 to 50 feet wide
Description: Gazing up from underneath a large Kentucky coffee tree invokes feelings of true majesty. The shape is irregular when young, but becomes stately and strong with age. The tree has a moderate growth rate and is considered to be "tough" in the tree world, tolerating a wide array of soil conditions including drought. Early settlers used the seeds as a coffee substitute giving the tree its common name. The rough furrowed bark and picturesque shape also adds great winter interest. However, the leaves of this tree are probably the most interesting feature. Each leaf can be 2 to 3 feet long and 1 to 2 feet wide. Now before you let your mind conjure up an image of some tropical frond....let me "wax horticultural." The leaves of the Kentucky coffee tree are bi-pinnately compound. This means that the actual leaf itself is a complex of smaller leaflets attached together along a central petiole....twice. So when the bright yellow leaves drop in the autumn, it appears that the tree is losing small branches.

Down and Dirty Question:
What is a Locavore?
by Mike Dietz

The official definition is eating food that is produced within a 100 mile radius of where you live (see The main driving force behind the movement was the high fossil fuel consumption associated with transporting many food products hundreds or even thousands of miles from field to table. Read More

Upcoming Programs and Events

Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. at the USU Davis County Extension Office
Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. at the Ogden Botanical Gardens
-Need help with something in your landscape? Bring in a sample of a tree branch, section of an ailing plant, leaf, an insect pest, chunk of turfgrass (4-6-inches on the margin of the problem) or a weed you don't know how to handle. Just walk in and we will have someone there to help you! Leave with the identification of the problem and ideas for control.

Aggie Adventure Day Camps
Various dates in July at the Utah Botanical Center
-With themes like Witches & Wizards, Energy Explorers, Wild Wilderness Art and Owls, Spells & Potions, there's bound to be a day camp to suit every child. Each camp is designed for a particular age group and full of fun, hands-on experiences. For a schedule and details about each camp, please visit, or call 801-544-3089.

Soap-Making 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

-This class is for anyone who has wanted to "design" their own soap. Connie is a master with fragrances and fun combinations to fit the interests of everyone from masculine soaps with pumice, to something ideal for gardeners. Participants will take home their own designer soap and a working knowledge to make more at home. (This class is almost full; seating is limited.) Fee: $25/OBG-UBC members; $30/nonmembers. To register for the class in Davis County, call 801-451-3403; to register for Weber County, call 801-399-8201.

Utah Botanical Center Farmer's Market
Thursdays, July 16 through October 1, 5-8 p.m. at the Utah Botanical Center
-You'll find local produce, artisan foods, crafts and expert help for garden and landscape questions. Spend the evening shopping the market and visiting the gardens and the ponds. Visit for more information.

Designing Japanese Gardens for Your Landscape with Susan Jones, OBG Lead Gardener
Friday, July 17, 12-1 p.m. at the Ogden Botanical Gardens

-This FREE class is one in our series of "dessert first" classes that are open to the public. Meet at the Education Building at the Ogden Botanical Gardens and enjoy a tasty dessert "first", followed by instruction and a tour. If you have wanted to create your own Japanese Garden, you won't want to miss this class. (No pre-registration or notification is necessary.) 

Click here for a complete list of events at the Utah Botanical Center
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Get Growing Calendar

► Apply a registered pesticide to apple and pear trees to control the second generation of codling moths.
► Plant some short-season vegetables (70 days or less) such as summer squash, peas, carrots, beets. It is
not too late.
► Harvest vegetables early in the morning or cool evening hours when the vegetables are ready to pick.
► Apply a registered insecticide (Thiodan) to the trunk (lower 1 foot) of stone fruit trees to prevent peach tree borer damage.
► Mow the lawn between 2 to 3 inches tall.
► Apply between 2 to 2 inches of water to the lawn, spread between two or three times per week.
► Apply another application of rose systemic to control pests.
► Watch for powdery mildew on apple trees, squash and pumpkin plants. Apply a fungicide for control.
► Sign up for an educational class at the Ogden Botanical Gardens or Utah Botanical Center, and mark your calendar so you don't miss out on any of the great free public "Dessert First" classes.

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