Eagle County gardeners get ‘motivated’ with the return of CSU Extension Office’s ‘Twilight Series’ | VailDaily.com

Eagle County gardeners get ‘motivated’ with the return of CSU Extension Office’s ‘Twilight Series’

Author Craig Johnson visits Edwards on Sept. 8.
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EAGLE — Interested in learning more about gardening? Trying to improve your landscaping skills? Curious about bees? Colorado State University Extension’s Twilight Gardening Series is informative and fun. The series runs Thursdays, July 9-Aug. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the White House Gardens, 441 Broadway, in Eagle. This series is free and open to the public.


Each week of the Twilight Series will feature horticulture leaders from around the county as guest lecturers and demonstrators. Brought back by popular demand, Stephanie Syson, herbalist, owner of Dynamic Roots and manager of the Basalt Food Forest, will kick things off July 9. Syson will discuss permaculture and demonstrate how to make your own salves from garden herbs, both wild and cultivated, transforming these herbs into a salve that your tired gardening hands will truly appreciate. Come learn the multiple uses of herbs and how to make hand salve and get a take-home tin of your very own.


On July 16, Don Gunther will speak about the integral role that bees play as major agents of pollination. You will have an opportunity to view an actual hive and learn just how important these little pollinators really are, not only in the beautification of our gardens, but in the productivity of our gardens as well.

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Have you always wanted to learn the proper techniques for pruning shrubs? Wish no more, Nick Close, of Brush Creek Landscaping and Tree Service, will lead the July 23 class. He will demonstrate best techniques and timing and to discuss the many benefits of a properly pruned shrub such as promotion of overall health and vigor of the shrub, improvement of the beauty of not only the shrub but also the yard itself, and sometimes even complete revival of an unhealthy shrub.


Hardscape elements are just as important as the living elements in a gorgeous garden, but what if you want to do-it-yourself? Come learn how as Rich Passey, a master stone mason, and Dwyer Greens and Flowers operations manager, demonstrates how to install a stone walk at the Aug. 6 workshop. Passey’s previous work can be viewed at the White House Gardens.

Composting tips

Shawn Bruckman, compost consultant, soil specialist and owner of The Ground UP, will leave you with plenty of ideas on composting and at-home organics recycling on Aug. 13. Bruckman is also director of sustainability for Vail Honeywagon and president of the Eagle-Vail Community Garden.

The Twilight Garden Series is also an excellent opportunity to ask questions while wandering around the White House Gardens. Whatever your gardening interest, you are sure to find something to inspire you on the grounds of the White House Gardens; there is a perennial border garden, water-wise garden, plant select garden, Colorado native garden, culinary bed and vegetable garden.

Email jeff.pieper@eaglecounty.us or call the CSU Extension office 970-328-8630 for more information about the series or for information on the Master Gardener program.

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