April 2010

It's the time of year that makes us anxious to trade our mittens for gardening gloves and snow shovels for spades. April is also a busy time in the greenhouse as we prepare for the first plant sale of the season (coming in mid-April). We look forward to seeing you in the gardens early this spring for inspiration and advice to help you enjoy this growing season. Click here for a printable schedule of this year's classes and other events.

Perpetuate That Perfect Apple
If you plant a seed from an apple, there is literally a "one in a million" chance that the fruit from that seed will resemble what you just ate. This truism is due to centuries of genetics and cross pollination. To get a specific or named variety, there are a couple of things to know. Most modern fruit trees are actually two trees in one. They consist of a rootstock and the scion wood. The rootstock controls the overall size of the tree, contributes to cold hardiness and can enhance insect and disease resistance. The scion wood is the fruiting portion of the tree and is selected according to prominence as well as personal preference. Grafting is one technique used in joining the two (rootstock and scion wood) together. Grafting takes place during the dormant season just before growth occurs in the spring by joining small branches from a desirable apple variety to a rootstock. If you would like to perpetuate that perfect apple variety, USU Extension is holding multiple apple grafting workshops this spring.

Click here to register for a workshop near you!
Featured Photo by Cheri Stuart

Each month, we would like to feature a nature picture from you.  To submit your favorite outdoor photo, for a chance to win a gift from the gardens, email it to ubc@usu.edu.
pruningUpcoming Events
Landscape Design Basics
This informative, four-week course will teach the basics of designing your own landscape.  Participants will learn how to create a plot plan, develop ideas, utilize basic design elements, apply maintenance shortcuts and finally how to develop a beautiful master plan.  Fundamental drafting supplies will be provided, and participants will create a master plan for their own landscape.  Cost for the course is $100 ($75 for Garden Members.)   Class size is limited, so registration and pre-payment for the class is required.  For more information, please call Stacie at the Davis County Extension Office, (801) 451-3403.

When:            May 5, 12, 19, 25  (Wednesdays)
Time:              10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Where:           The Learning Garden
                        2837 East Highway 193, Layton
                        (Weber Basin Water Conservancy District)
Instructor:      JayDee Gunnell, USU Davis County Horticulture Agent

Backyard Bounties- Get Growing!

Raised Bed Gardening: FREE CLASS!

Thursday, Apr. 15 12:00pm -1:00pm at Ogden Botanical Garden
Thursday, Apr. 15  5:00pm-6:00pm at Ogden Botanical Garden
Saturday, Apr. 17 11:00am - 12:00pm at Utah Botanical Center

Fruit Tree Grafting: Workshop

Thursday, Apr. 15 6:00pm-7:30pm at Ogden Botanical Garden
Saturday , Apr. 17 9:00am-10:00am at Utah Botanical Center
Saturday, Apr. 17  10:00am-11:00am at Utah Botanical Center

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Utah Botanical Center
725 South Sego Lily Drive
Kaysville, UT  84037
phone: (801) 593-8696

Ogden Botanical Gardens
1750 Monroe Boulevard
Ogden, UT 84401
phone: (801) 399-8201
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