Happy Plants Begin with Happy Soil


Before Mikl talks about soil enrichment, below, we want to remind you that we have two wonderful classes this weekend: On Saturday morning Mimi Yanus – a renowned veggie gardener – will share How to Get Started with Veggie Gardening.  This is a super class for those that are new to the area, or felt that they didn’t have the success in their garden last year that they wanted.  (Forward this email to your new neighbor!)  Then on Sunday afternoon Mikl shares the importance and techniques for Spring Pruning.  Pruning can be overwhelming, but Mikl will give you insight on how to simplify and approach this task.  Pre-registration is appreciated and highly recommended for all classes with a quick call to 303-939-9403.

Onions are Here!

Bare root onion plants in bundles have arrived, including Copra, Walla Walla, and Redwing varieties.  These onions are robust and can be planted right away!  The earlier you plant them the larger they can grow because they are long-day onions and the sun keeps feeding the plant until Summer Solstice when the bulbs then begin to plump-up.  Note: Avoid planting onions where Brassica family veggies were grown last year, or they won’t thrive.  Plants in the Brassica family include arugula, kale, broccoli, collard greens, mustard, cauliflower, and most Asian greens, etc.  Onions thrive with lots of sun, fertile soil, consistent watering, and free of weed competition. 

Some of Our cool season starts (broccoli, arugula and cabbage) have arrived – come in and get them!  (As a note, the veggie starts do need to be hardened-off.)  As for our other veggie starts, take a look at our 2018 Veggie Starts List to see the wonderful selections we’re growing for you!

Classes List

We offer empowering classes with great teachers throughout the season.  Coming soon will be more of our class offerings.  Our teachers have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 to support our speakers and Harlequin’s educational direction. It is best to pre-register for these classes both in case they fill up or too few people register, and we have to cancel. Pre-payment assures your place in the class.  Pre-registration is appreciated and highly recommended for all classes with a quick call to 303-939-9403.


(This list is also available on our website.)


If you are new to Colorado, new to vegetable gardening, or have been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you. Learn from Mimi Yanus what you need to know to make your new organic vegetable garden successful, even bountiful, even in Colorado conditions!  $15  (Repeated on Sat, March 31.)

Sun, Mar 18 at 1 PM – SPRING PRUNING with Mikl Brawner

There are shrubs that should not be pruned in the spring and there are shrubs, roses and vines that are best pruned in spring. Learn which to prune when, and how to prune for strength, beauty, and production of fruit and flowers.  (This is not a repeat of the Fall Pruning Class.)   $15

Sat, Mar 24 at 10 AM – DO-IT-YOURSELF DRIP IRRIGATION with Alison Peck

Drip irrigation can be easy! Come learn a simple, easy to design and install system that can be connected to an outside hose bib with a battery-operated timer, giving you inexpensive automatic watering. Alison Peck of Matrix Gardens will also discuss new efficient sprinklers that can reduce water use for lawns and groundcovers.   $15                (Photo credit: BSN Tech Networks)

Sun, Mar 25 at 10 AM – PLANT PROPAGATION 101 with Gary Meis

Propagating and multiplying plants are useful skills that everyone can learn!  With over 35 years of experience, Gary Meis, Harlequin’s Gardens own propagator, will discuss methods of propagation and the pros and cons of each.  Specifically, this class will cover Different ways to break the dormancy of our western native seeds, How to find and collect native seeds, How to clean your seeds, and should you?, How to treat your seeds for optimum sprouting, How to keep your babies alive when small, and Alternatives to seed grown natives.  Cool stuff!  $15

Sun, Mar 25 at 1 PM – BUILDING TOPSOIL & FERTILITY with Mikl Brawner

Mikl will discuss how to support soil life, enrich poor soils, and improve plant health and nutrition from the bottom up: composts, fertilizers, mulching, worms, deficiencies, and tilth.   $15


If you are new to Colorado, new to vegetable gardening, or have been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you. Learn from Mimi Yanus what you need to know to make your new organic vegetable garden successful, even bountiful, even in Colorado conditions!  $15  (Repeat of Sat, March 17.)

Products for Building and Supporting Healthy Soils

Harlequin’s Gardens has been studying soil health for many years now, because soil health is needed for plant health, for plant resistance to pests and diseases and for nutritional value of plants. We believe that a strong Soil Life with all the beneficial fungi, bacteria, earthworm etc. is the goal to digest the nutrients in the soil and make them into plant-available forms.

Our soils also are deficient in organic matter and available nutrients. Colorado soils do have nutrients, but many are not in a form that’s available to plants. So, Harlequin’s has sourced most of our soil-building products form businesses as local as possible, almost all from Colorado. Local products use our local wastes (like landscape wastes, beer wastes, food wastes, beetle-kill pine, mushroom waste, dairy cow manure, chicken manure). This supports local businesses to recycle and because trucking distances are greatly reduced, we are cutting down on carbon emissions. Putting these organic wastes into the soil also sequesters carbon. And because carbon is one of Life’s main building blocks, these products help build fertility.

This year we have many returning products and some new products that we’d like to tell you about.

Rocky Mt. Minerals

From Salida, this broad spectrum of many different minerals that support plant strength and immune function, including 11% Calcium, 6% Sulfur plus magnesium, iron, and many others. The big difference with this product is that its geothermal source makes these minerals much more available.


This is a mined carbon concentrate that multiplies microorganisms and has the effect of making nutrients in the soil available. We have been using this for years in our potting mixes.

Walden’s Organics

Since Maxfields moved over the mountain and lost quality, we have been looking for a good local soil for larger containers and for raised beds. Local topsoil and Planters Mixes contain too much clay. Walden’s Organics uses an OMRI certified cow manure with 6+ year-aged forest humus (from beetle-kill pine), biochar etc. We have been using their potting soil and forest humus and think they are good and much more economical than Maxfields.  These are somewhat new for us and we would appreciate your feedback.

Walden’s Potting Soil

Is ideal for containers, planter boxes, and raised beds. Contains 8 qts beetle-kill aged wood chips, peat moss, biochar, OMRI cow manure compost, perlite, and nutrients. Voted best new product at ProGreen Expo 2016 and has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Last year we mixed this potting soil 50/50 with Foxfarm’s Coco Loco and had good results in one trial.

Walden’s Outdoor Garden Mix

For amending garden soils to increase porosity, organic matter, water holding capacity, and nutrition. Mix 10-25% with soils. Contains: 8 qt. bag containing aged beetle-kill woodchips, OMRI cow manure compost and biochar.  In addition to its use as a soil amendment, Walden recommends using this 50/50 with Walden’s Potting Mix for filling large containers and raised beds. We would also suggest adding Harlequin’s Fertility Mix.

Walden’s Garden Mulch

For mulching perennials, shrubs, and vegetable gardens. Sprinkle some organic fertilizer on the soil, then apply mulch 1-3” thick.  Holds moisture, resists weeds, and feeds worms and microbes. Contains 5-8 year aged beetle-kill wood chips.  This forest humus mulch is so broken down that we are planning to use it this year to mulch our veggie garden. We do sell straw because straw breaks down in one season. Most wood chips are so raw that it is not advisable to turn them into the soil, because they cause a nitrogen deficiency until they break down.

Harlequin’s Fertility Mix

A mix of Biosol Certified Organic 6-1-1 Fertilizer, humate, molasses, endomycorrhizae, and calcium. Increases root mass, top growth, soil life, and productivity naturally.  This is not just a fertilizer. The combination of ingredients and mycorrhizae act synergistically to support fertility. It has gotten rave reviews. Try it and let us know your experience.

Corn Gluten

A non-toxic, weed-and-feed with 9% nitrogen. It inhibits seed germination, but is harmless to plants with root systems, people, worms, and microorganisms. The effect can last up to 6 months and is especially useful in lawns. Apply in September/October, and again in late February/March to prevent the majority of existing weed seeds from germinating.

Alpha One

100% organic fertilizer for vegetables and ornamentals. Contains: 7% Nitrogen, 2% Phosphorus, 2% Potash, 1% Iron, 1% Sulphur, with a pH of 6.2. Formulated in Loveland for Colorado Soils.

Richlawn Organic

A 100% organic product comprised of dehydrated poultry waste. Listed by OMRI for organic use. Ideal for lawns, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, vegetables and roses. Covers 2,000 sq ft for turf.

EcoGro Compost

A Class 1 compost made from leaves, grass, chipped branches, and beer wastes. It has a healthy population of microorganisms and diverse nutrients.  It is very stable and will not burn or steal nitrogen.  It is fine textured, low in salts with some woody particles.  The pH is 8.3; the NPK 1-1-1.

Western Grow Compost

From Boulder County landscape and food wastes. Well composted. Good non-burning soil builder, reduces carbon dioxide and shipping. Great local resource. NPK 1.5-0.64-1

Eko Compost

Made from forest and recycled wood products composted with poultry manure. Use in vegetable and flower gardens, lawns, trees, shrubs. Improves soil’s physical, chemical, and biological health.

Eko Lawn Topdressing

Finely screened compost perfect for top dressing lawns after aeration.  Holds moisture next to the roots increasing drought tolerance. Supports microorganisms.

Mushroom Compost

From a local mushroom farm.  Dark, rich humus that feeds soil life, improves soil structure & aeration, saves water. Great soil amendment for veggies, perennials, roses & shrubs. Also, a superb mulch for roses.

Coco Loco Potting Soil

A superior coir-based potting media produced from coconut husks, making it one of nature’s most abundant renewable resources.  This mix also contains earthworm castings, bat guano, kelp meal and oyster shell.  It resists compaction, easily rewets, and absorbs evenly for excellent aeration and maximum drainage.

Ocean Forest Potting Soil

A nutrient-rich soil for planting seedlings. It performed well in our tests. Contains: composted bark, sphagnum peat, fish emulsion, crab, earthworm castings, loam, perlite, bat guano, granite dust, kelp meal.


A highly adsorbent, specially-produced charcoal applied to soil as a means to increase soil fertility and agricultural yields and sequester carbon.


A natural pine coop bedding (or cat litter!). Contains recycled beetle-kill pine and activated carbon, making it very absorbent, with powerful odor control. It outperforms and outlasts hay and wood shavings. Expands up to 5X when wet. Reduces cleaning by 50%. Not a soil amendment, but a local, recycled beetle-kill pine product to help care for your poultry and other small animals.


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We’re looking forward to seeing you this week!

In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the super hard-working Staff at Harlequin’s Gardens


A Soil Revolution

In this article, Mikl explains why Soil Health matters.


We are having a real revolution in our relationship with our soils. The turning point is our change in focus from soil fertility to soil health. In the last 60 years of the “Green Revolution” (i.e. the petrochemical boom), soil was viewed as a physical structure and fertility was viewed as a measure of chemicals in the soil — primarily NPK, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The petroleum industry could make these macronutrients from natural gas, which make plants grow but often in poor health. Weak plants attract insect pests and fungal diseases, so more petroleum in the forms of insecticides and fungicides added to the success of the oil industry. But this approach has led to “Peak Soil” where land is losing productivity, crops are losing nutritional value, the soil is eroding at extreme rates, and the health of animals and people has declined.

At the same time that the failures of the petrochemical-industrial approach to agriculture and gardening are becoming clear, there has been a tremendous increase in the study of microbiology. And increasingly we are seeing the successes of farmers and gardeners who have been investing in soil health. All this is leading to a Soil Revolution which is coming from the insight that soil is not just physical and chemical, but very importantly, biological.

This revolution is revealing itself through scientific research, the December Soil Revolution Conference, the Ecology of Soil Health Summit coming in June, and Denver’s Soil Health Awareness Campaign. Colorado State University is actively engaging in the soil health direction. CSU professor Mathew Wallenstein (pictured right, from his CSU homepage) and his research group are “bioprospecting for groups of microbes (microbiomes) that are especially efficient at forming new soil and recycling nutrients.”  And the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is distributing information showing how the Soil Food Web cycles nutrients from wastes and how microorganisms increase soil fertility and porosity. And Carbon Farming is a new buzz offering real potential to reverse global climate change.

Gardeners are talking with each other about soil microorganisms, and their successes with compost tea and mycorrhizae which increase soil life. They are saying, “By the way, we have to stop using RoundUp, fungicides and pesticides, because these poisons are killing our allies, the beneficial microorganisms.”


The new formula for soil health has four or five aspects.

1) Minimize soil disturbance

Minimize soil disturbance like plowing, tilling, overgrazing and over application of nutrients and pesticides. When soil is turned, the fungal networks are broken and the carbon is exposed to oxygen which is then oxidized and returned to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Research shows that in the last century, we have burned up 90% of the organic matter in our soils. And it is now recognized that carbon is the “key driver of the nutrient-microbial recycling system.” 

2) Keep the soil covered

Keep the soil covered with mulch, plants or cover crops.  Mulch can be shredded leaves and wood chips, or any plant residue without seeds. Cover reduces wind and water erosion, reduces evaporation, moderates the soil temperature, and provides habitat; all which make the soil life more successful. It also supplies a slow-release of nutrients.

3) Plant diversity

Plant diversity creates a more diverse microbial population increasing resilience through improving rainfall infiltration, nutrient cycling and reducing diseases and pests.

4) Continual live plant / root

This means that even in the off-season when we have turned our backs on our gardens, they need to be growing plants so that the plant roots can continue to feed the microbes and keep them alive. This is usually accomplished in veggie gardens through cover crops which also add nitrogen and organic matter to our soils when they are cut down. Evergreen perennials and shrubs also feed microbes in winter.

5) Integrating Livestock

This element is more for farmers: Integrating livestock so animals can add their manures, rich in nitrogen and organic matter, plus other advantages I don’t understand yet.


This “revolutionary” system is based on Nature’s design for soil fertility which has evolved over millions of years, starting with bacteria and fungi, then plants, and a long time later, animals. In that time plants and the microorganisms in the soil have evolved a very clever and efficient way of enriching themselves. Plants can photosynthesize, so they take carbon from the air and soil, plus water, minerals and sunlight and the result is sugars/carbohydrates that are the food for the planet. Some 30%-40% of the sugars that plants make are given (leaked) through their roots to the mycorrhizae and other fungi and soil bacteria, and in return, these organisms bring water and other nutrients to the plants, or break down raw matter and minerals into forms that are soluble and usable by the plants. The better the plants do, the better the microbes do, the better the plants…. This is a symbiotic system that we humans could learn from. The abundance in Nature comes from everybody producing more than they need, making partnerships, and not wasting anything.

So, is it no longer necessary to add fertilizers? Supposedly in a “well balanced ecosystem, external inputs aren’t necessary.” But who has a perfect soil? And what happens when we grow foods that take nutrients from the soil to make their seeds, fruits and leaves? So yes, depending on what we grow, some inputs are important for production. So, what do we need to add? Here is where my brain locks up because soils are so complex, and everyone’s soils are different and what we grow is different, that there really are no simple formulas.

Boosting Your Soil

Here is a rough guide: Organic fertilizers are generally safer, longer lasting and better for microorganisms. Oxygen is essential for fertility because the beneficial microbes are aerobic, meaning they thrive on oxygen. Adding organic matter, expanded shale and turning the soil add oxygen. But the activity of worms and other soil life and their remains when they die, make soil aggregates which are looser and hold more air. Organic matter like compost is good, because carbon is an essential element and compost contains many other nutrients for microbes and plants. Water is not a nutrient but is essential for both photosynthesis and for soil life. So even xeriscapes need some water.

If you are growing natives and steppe plants, you can get by without amendments or with just a little compost and rock dust. If you are growing food, you need more nutrients and more water. Cover crops use the soil to nourish itself. Legumes like beans, peas and vetch are very good at supplying nitrogen and organic matter.  We all need to learn more about using cover crops. Calcium can be a limiting nutrient, often tied up in our alkaline soils. I am wary of using lime and gypsum in Colorado because of our high pH. Plant-available calcium can be supplied by land based coral calcium and worm castings. Phosphorus is essential and is supposedly in great abundance in our soils though in an unavailable form. Building a healthy soil life will help make phosphorus available. Bone meal and soft rock phosphate are organic sources.

Worm castings are a great source of plant-available nutrients.  (Pictured right is “Worm man” John Anderson herding worms for vermicomposting.)  Rock Dust and Kelp (seaweed) are great sources of micronutrients, so essential for plant health. Humate is a mined carbon concentrate that benefits microbes and their abilities to make nutrients in the soil plant-available. And Expanded Shale is a great clay buster, which is shale that is mined south of Boulder and fired to create a rock-like granular material that holds both air and water. It does not break down and supports microorganisms and good soil structure.

What about soil tests? I don’t know. Some people swear by them, some people swear at them, and a mineral’s presence in the soil does not mean it is available to the plants.

Harlequin’s Gardens’ Recipe

At an experiential level, at our nursery we use organic fertilizers made from fish and seaweed and animal manure, as well as alfalfa, rock dust and humate. We use granular formulas for longer lasting effect and liquid fertilizers for foliar and faster acting effects. For young veggie plants, we use our compost tea mixed with a liquid fertilizer. But we like to err on the side of under fertilizing rather than over fertilizing. Several years ago we started using mycorrhizae, a beneficial fungi innoculation, whenever we plant, because that has proved to be very beneficial in getting plants established, especially in drier conditions. And we mix mycorrhizae into the potting mixes we use.

The Future?

So like all revolutions, the current Soil Revolution is dramatic, full of promise and needing much more research, trial and general application. However, focusing on soil health rather than pumping plants with petrochemicals has got to be the right direction for the plants, for their microbial allies, for our health and for the planet.

Our Season Starts Soon!

We look forward to seeing you in person at Harlequin’s Gardens beginning THURSDAY, MARCH 1, when we’ll be open 9 am to 5 pm every THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY!

In gratitude,
Eve, Mikl and the fabulous staff at Harlequin’s Gardens

May Day Celebration and Plant Sale

May Day Celebration – Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7
Join us to celebrate the fertility of spring with music, dance, refreshments and frivolity!

Entertainment Schedule:

  • Saturday, May 6th:
    • 10-11:00 AM: The Maroon Bells Morris Dancers will bring us fertility and merriment.
    • 12:00 Noon: Jig and reel with the excellent musicians of the Boulder Irish Session
  • Sunday, May 7th:
    • Light refreshments!
    • 10:30-Noon: Alamos, a duet of clarinet and flute play light classical, ragtime and folk music.
    • Noon-1 PM: Elena Klaver, singer/songwriter
    • 1:00 PM: Local master harpist Margot Krimmel will treat us to O’Carolan and other fine melodies.

May Day Sale – Monday, May 1 through Sunday, May 7

  • For Members – Discount of $10 on a $50+ purchase of plants (except roses & fruit trees)
  • For Everyone – Deep Discount Area will be stocked with loads of beautiful neonic-free perennials and more


It’s Raining Trees at our May Day Sale!


Cactus Grouping


We’ll be starting our Member May Day Week Sale and the Deep Discount Area on Monday, leading up to our May Day Extravaganza May 6 & 7.
Meanwhile, join our (now legal!) Rainwater Harvesting class on Saturday and Fruit Tree class on Sunday.  Our class descriptions, below, highlight all the details.
Space is limited in each of our classes, so call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!
(Cash or check only for class payment.)
Our photo montage, below, shows the fun we had last weekend with Margaret Hollander and her kid goats!


Sat., April 29 at 10 AM
Rainwater Harvesting with Alison Peck

Rainbarrels are finally legal in Colorado – yay!  Learn about rainbarrrels and even better ways of using rainwater and snowmelt, such as rain-gardens and pervious pavement (and even about greywater).  Learn easy ways to use this free water in your gardens while protecting yourself from flooding.   $15   SATURDAY!  

Sun., April 30 at 1 PM
Best Fruit Trees for Colorado with Mikl Brawner

Learn which varieties of fruit trees are successful here, which are not, and which are good flavored: Apples, Cherries, Plums, Pears, Peaches.  Mikl’s first orchard was in 1976 and he will teach you how to care for your fruit trees.   $15  SUNDAY! 


  • May Day Sale – Monday, May 1 to Sunday, May 7
    • For Members – Discount of $10 on a $50+ purchase of plants (except roses & fruit trees)
    • For Everyone – Deep Discount Area will be stocked with loads of beautiful neonic-free perennials and more
  • May Day Celebration – Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7
  • Join us to celebrate the fertility of spring with music, dance, refreshments and frivolity!
  • Entertainment features the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers’ on May 6
  • View the full weekend schedule at http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=bfa84374803c512fe7df11c8d&id=d5e90a5d80&e=b3867df01b#Greetings


  • FIRST TOMATO STARTS ARE IN – TIME FOR SOLAR CAPS! – Set up your Solar Caps now to pre-warm the soil and you can plant your tomatoes in 5-7 days.  Solar Caps form a personal greenhouse for your tomato starts, which improves growth throughout the season.  We’ve had great success using them on our tomatoes and we love Solar Caps!
  • SEED POTATOES ARE IN THE HOUSE! Our organic and certified seed potato varieties include: German Butterball, Purple Majesty, Mountain Rose, and Kennebec.
  • ORGANIC COOL-SEASON VEGGIE STARTS –  Our wonderful selection still includes Kale, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Cabbage, Bok Choy, Collards, Lettuce and more.
  • PERENNIALS – We have lots of new choice and unusual perennials coming in most every day.  Come check them out!
  • PLANTS – In addition, we have beautiful shrubs and trees that we have overwintered outdoors and are ready to plant without any transition period.
  • SOIL PRODUCTS – Premium composts, organic fertilizers and other great soil amendments.  We have re-stocked our Mushroom Compost!
  • SEEDS from Botanical Interests, Seed Savers Exchange, BBB along with seed-starting supplies.
  • PEA SEEDS – It’s not too late to plant pea seeds, particularly Sugar Snap Peas like Cascadia.


Our photo montage shows the fun we had last weekend with Margaret Hollander and her kid goats!


Please take a look and if this sounds like a good fit for you, please respond as soon as possible by sending your resume to Staff@HarlequinsGardens.com or call 303-939-9403.   If you know someone who may be interested but is not on our email list, go ahead and forward this message to them. To become more familiar with our nursery and specialties, view our website at www.HarlequinsGardens.com.

Full-time or Part-time Retail Sales Position

Must have significant ornamental gardening / horticulture experience, be dedicated to non-toxic gardening, be a team player, organized, with good communication skills, able to do some physical work. Duties include plant and product sales, customer education and service, attending monthly staff meetings.  3-5 days/wk, including Wednesday, Thursday, and one weekend day.

We hope to see you at Harlequin’s soon!

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Every Day is Earth Day at Harlequin’s Gardens

Every Day is EARTH DAY

Garima with Gertrude Jekyll Rose

EVERYDAY is Earth Day at Harlequin’s Gardens, where we never use any toxic pesticides, fungicides or herbicides.

Come out to get your organic veggie starts (we have tomatoes, peppers and basil in stock now!)  If you protect them with our famously successful Solar Caps, you can plant these now.  Or plant them in a green house or cold frame.

We already have a bountiful selection of organic herb starts, with more coming in all the time.

All of our perennials, shrubs and trees are free of insect-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.

We have an excellent selection of locally sourced composts, mulches, and potting mixes and organic fertilizers.

And, our Compost Tea Brewer is now running for the season!

Compost Tea is…

  • a highly concentrated population of beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi that build healthy soil
  •  a nutrient-rich brew that feeds soil life naturally
  • a compost concentrate that reduces compaction, aerates and improves water retention
  • who knows? You can’t tell anything by looking at the tea. You have to watch how the plants respond!

So let your plants “taste and see.”   Homegrown fertilizer produced on-site.   $5 / gallon + $1 refundable deposit for container, or bring your own 1 gallon jug.


Space is limited in each of our classes, so call 303-939-9403 to reserve your seat!
(Cash or check only for class payment.)

Sat., April 22 at 10 AM
Native Bees for the Youngsters!
with Jessica Goldstrohm

Children and parents learn together about native bees in this hands-on, super-fun class!  Jessica will introduce you to our native bee species & their habitat needs, you will build a Leaf Cutter Bee House to take home, and sing the new Bumble Bee song!  Hungry Honey Bee book & seeds available for purchase.   $20, one parent and one child.  $5 per additional child.   SATURDAY!  (repeated on May 27)

Sat., April 22 at 1 PM
Fearless Rose Pruning with Eve Reshetnik Brawner

Don’t let your roses intimidate you!  Eve will demonstrate and discuss why and how to prune roses in a fearless and confident manner.  She will also discuss feeding, watering, etc. to maximize your success with growing roses.  Wear long pants, long sleeves, gloves, and a hat and be prepared to be outside.   $15   SATURDAY! 

Sun., April 23 at 10 AM
Baby Goat Day with Margaret Hollander and her Kids – Free!

Margaret Hollander, owner of Capering Goat Dairy, brings several of her adorable baby goats by for a visit.  Bring your children, or just your own inner child, to enjoy their antics!   FREE – SUNDAY!

Sun., April 23 at 1 PM
Viticulture with John Martin

Would you like a glass of wine from your own backyard vineyard? Then this is the class for you!  John will discuss grape varieties and how to get started in wine making.  He is co-owner of Stonebridge Farms in Lyons, the first CSA in Boulder County.    $15   SUNDAY! 


Plant names, left to right.
TOP ROW:  Phlox divaricata (fragrant blue), Phlox divaricata ‘Dirigo Ice’ (fragrant white)
BOTTOM ROW:  Lilac’s: Pocohontas (front) and Mount Baker (back), Viburnum Mohawk