Winter Pruning
Pruning, the purposeful removal of plant parts, plays an active role in not only the wellbeing of the trimmed plants or trees, but also in the overall landscape.Three main reasons for pruning are to improve health, or form and mitigate hazards: the health of the tree, the reducing of hazards caused by untrimmed trees to people or property, and the form or shape of the tree. Pruning can be done at any time of year, but is best done in winter or early spring before buds swell.
Mike Kuhns, a Utah State Extension Forester, gives pruning tips in this issue of Utah Forest Facts.    For visual examples, check out USU Extension Forestry's Channel. Also, plan to attend one of the free, fruit tree pruning workshops we'll be hosting in March. 
Volunteers Needed

The Utah House at the USUBC and both gardens are gearing up for a great 2013 and that includes many opportunities for volunteers.
 Whether you are interested in working in the water-wise landscape, themed gardens, demonstrating solar oven cooking to 3rd graders, or helping maintain the Food Pantry Garden, we might have the volunteer job you are looking for. Volunteer training will begin the first part of March. Access more information here. Stay tuned for other volunteer opportunities at both the USU Botanical Center and Ogden Botanical Garden. 
2013 USU Gardening Calendar
USU Botanical Center and Ogden Botanical Gardens have found a way to provide you with helpful gardening advice and beautiful shots of both gardens. This 12 month calendar also includes a daily guide to gardening along the Wasatch Front and can now be purchased at half price. All proceeds benefit the gardens. Click here to order.  
Events & Classes 

Beginning Beekeeping


When: Saturday, February 2

Where: USUBC Kaysville Education Center 

Time: 10-11:30 am

Cost: $3 at the door, cash or check only 

For more info or to register, email your name, phone number and email address and be sure to specify for which class you wish to register. For more information, click here


Honey Bee Diseases and Parasites 


When: Saturday, February 9

Where: USUBC  Kaysville Education Center 

Time: 10-11:30 am

Cost: $3 at the door, cash or check only 


For more info or to register, email your name, phone number and email address to and be sure to specify for which class you wish to register. For more information, click here


Project Learning Tree Workshop

When: Saturday, February 16

Where: USU Botanical Center 

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $25

This workshop 

is geared toward non-formal and pre K-8 educators who are interested in new ways to incorporate forestry and environment related activities into their programs and classrooms. You will learn interactive activities that meet core requirements. Reading strategies with connections to relevant fiction and non-fiction books are spread throughout the activities, as are technology connections that expose students to software applications, imaging tools, and internet resources. Differentiated instruction will help reach students with varying needs and talents.

Eligible for USOE Credits


For more information or to register visit or call (801) 328-1549. 


Propagation Class (#1 in Series); Starting Plants from Seed


When: Thursday, February 21

Where: USUBC Green House 

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Cost: For entire series: $200 public, $180 members 

(Class size is limited) 


The first of a 5-part series, this class includes starting your own bedding plants and vegetables from seed, and growing them for planting in your garden and landscape. Registration fees include seeds, soilless media, containers, and labels.



Cheese Please: The Art of Home Cheese Making 


When: Saturday, February 23

Where: USUBC Utah House 

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 am

Cost: $29 Members, $37 Public 


Learn the basics in home cheese making from expert 

Doug Manifold, from Beehive Cheese Company. The cheese making class will cover some history of cheese making, cheese types, we will make a batch of mozzarella and a batch of ricotta, and there will be some cheeses for people to sample.



Explore the Garden Family Night: Chocolate Lovers Night


When: Monday, February 25

Where: USUBC Utah House 

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Cost: $10 per family (up to six members) or $3 per person


Chocolate lovers of all ages will enjoy this delicious event. Come learn about how chocolate is made and see local chocolatier, Shirl Shepherd, owner of Pa's Chocolates demonstrate chocolate dipping techniques and then enjoy making a chocolate creation of your own. Preregistration is strongly recommended. 

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Botanical Center
920 S. 50 W.
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: (801) 544-3089


Ogden Botanical Gardens
1750 Monroe Boulevard
Ogden, UT 84401
Phone: (801) 399-8080

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