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CSU Extension Office’s Gardening Twilight Series returns to Eagle

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Master gardener Rich Passey leads a demonstration on hard-scaping, where participants learn the basics of how to build stone paths or patios.
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EAGLE — The Colorado State University Extension Office invites local gardeners to participate in the Twilight Gardening Series. Eagle County can be a difficult place to grow and maintain a landscape, but with the right knowhow, anyone can turn their yard into an award-winning garden.

The Twilight Gardening Series is free and open to the public. It will be held every Thursday through Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Colorado State University Extension Office, 441 Broadway St. in Eagle.

Lecture topics

Thursday: CSU Extension summer intern Katie Stephens will talk about deer-resistant plants. Even though there isn’t a plant that is completely deer-proof, Extension staff will take participants around the CSU Extension Office Gardens and show off some of their favorite deer-resistant plants that successfully grow in our area.

July 14: Audubon of the Rockies Habitat Heroes coordinator Jamie Weiss will lecture on wild-scaping. This form of landscaping attracts and benefits from birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Participants will have the opportunity to build a pollinator nesting board.

July 21: The medicinal herb lecture is back by popular demand. Join Stephanie Syson, of Dynamic Roots, to learn how to grow herbs and make salves, with some samples for participants to take home.

July 28: CSU Horticulture Extension agent Jeff Pieper will lecture about the lawn irrigation self-audit (LISA). The LISA kit is something homeowners will be able to rent from the Extension Office and use to help water their lawns more efficiently. Proper watering will improve lawn health and save time and money.

Aug. 4: Professional worm wrangler Heidi Alles will teach about worm composting. This method of composting uses worms to recycle food scraps and turn them into a valuable soil amendment. Learn how to set up a worm bin.

Aug. 11: Master gardener Rich Passey will lead a demonstration on hard-scaping. In this lecture, participants can learn the basics of how to build stone paths or patios.

Don’t have time to attend the Twilight Series? The CSU Extension gardens are open any time and feature perennial, water-wise, plant select, Colorado native, culinary and vegetable gardens. The gardens have been specifically designed to inspire home landscapers and to show the different plants that can successfully grow in their yards.

For more information, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/csu or call the CSU Extension Office at 970-328-8630.

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