March 2011

  Backyard Chickens


Backyard chickens are becoming increasingly popular in Utah and around the country.  To some, chickens might seem dirty and a bit scary, yet people who have their own chickens find the benefits quite rewarding; among them, a ready supply of eggs, excellent insect control, a source of great fertilizer, a more self-sufficient food supply and an opportunity for family members to share caretaking responsibilities. Read more    





New Class Postings



Fruit Pruning Demonstrations

Date: March 5, 12, 19, 26 - 9:00am - 12:00 Noon

Location: Call for locations 801-451-3403 

*A variety of cooperating growers provide the land for this class; 

locations will vary 

Teachers: JayDee Gunnell, Jerry Goodspeed

Click here to register



Backyard Chickens

Date: March 26th 9:00am - 10:00 

Location: Utah State University Botanical Center - Utah House

Teacher: Justen Smith, Davis County Extension

Click here to register 



Landscape Plants Pruning Demonstration

Date: March 26th 9:00am - 1:00pm 

Location: Ogden Botanical Gardens

Teachers: Ogden Botanical Gardens staff

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Fruit Tree Grafting

Date: April 14th or April 16th

Location: Ogden Botanical Gardens and Utah State University Botanical Center - Greenhouse

Teachers: Botanical Gardens staff

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The "Joys" of Raised Bed Gardening

Date: April 14th or 16th

Location: Ogden Botanical Gardens and Utah State University Botanical Center - Utah House

Teachers: Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow

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Spring Celebration

Date: April 18th 6:00pm - 8:00

Location: Utah State University Botanical Center - Utah House

Click here to learn more



Basic Pruning Tips


  • Remove all dead, diseased or broken branches.
  • Remove all suckers and water sprouts.  Suckers grow from the base of the tree.  Water sprouts are succulent growth from the previous year.
  • For fruit trees, research to understand where the fruit will grow and prune the remaining branches.
  • Pruning might be intimidating.  But do it.  Even if it's not the best job, it will help your trees grow better.

To watch pruning videos, click here.  

Event Highlight: 

Spring Celebration


Bring the entire family for fun and learning, the Spring Celebration will focus on caring for the Earth, preparing for the growing season and to celebrate spring.  Some of the events include tours of the Utah House and Varga Arboretum, tree plantings in honor of Earth Day and additional children's activities.  Mark your calendars today!  

Become a Member

The "Friends of the Garden" Membership Program helps ensure that the gardens keep growing. Your support helps as we develop more demonstration gardens and green space for our future. Click here for more information on becoming a member. 
Click here for Gardening Basics

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 for March 

    gardening tips.  

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Contact Us
Utah State University  Botanical Center  
725 South Sego Lily Drive
Kaysville, UT  84037
phone: (801) 593-8969

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

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