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HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS
4795 N. 26th St. Boulder, CO 80301
303-939-9403   www.harlequinsgardens.com

  HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS CLASSES AND EVENTS FOR 2014

Please check back as we will post the remaining schedule some time after mid March.

Our teachers have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 for most classes 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. More details at www.HarlequinsGardens.com and 303-939-9403.

Sun., March 2, 1:00 pm:  GETTING STARTED IN VEGETABLE GARDENING, with culinary gardening expert / market farmer Mimi Yanus.   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 what you need to know to make your new organic vegetable garden successful, even bountiful, even in Colorado conditions!  $15.  (Repeated on Sun., March 23, 1:00 pm)

Sat., March 8, 10:00 am:  RAISED BEDS, 101 with Bryant Mason, founder of The Urban Farm Company. Always wanted a thriving vegetable garden in your backyard? Join Bryant in a step-by-step class of how to start an easy and productive raised bed vegetable garden. Topics covered will include: soil development, how to build raised beds, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, watering, harvesting, recommended crops.   $15

Sat., March 8, 1:00 pm:  SEED STARTING SUCCESS, with expert Janis Kieft of Botanical Interests Seed Co.   Learn all of the background and tips for getting good germination and a healthy start with seeds, both indoors and out.   $15.  (Repeated on Sun., March 9, 1:00 pm)

Sun., March 9, 1:00 pm:  SEED STARTING SUCCESS with expert Janis Kieft of Botanical Interests Seed Co.   Learn all the background and tips for getting good germination and a healthy start with seeds, indoors and out.   $15.  (Repeat of Sat., March 8, 1:00 pm)

Sat., March, 15, 10:00 am:  PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOOD AND DROUGHT WITH BIO-SWALES with Dave Bailey.  Managing rain water with bio-swales can make the most of our Colorado rainwater during drought and protect our structures and property from floods. This class will examine natural solutions for managing surface flow of water in the landscape.  $15

Sat., March, 15, 1:00 pm:  BUILDING TOPSOIL AND FERTILITY, with Mikl BrawnerLearn 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

Sun., March, 16, 1:00 pm:  SUCCESSION PLANTING, with local culinary gardening expert Tracey Parrish.  Learn the techniques and timing to maximize the use of your garden space and keep your vegetable garden in continual production through the season(s).   $15

Sat., March 22, 10:00 am: SECRETS OF GROWING GREAT TOMATOES, with expert and tomato maven Carol O’Meara, Boulder County CSU Extension Agent and director of the Master Gardener program.  Learn how to choose, feed, prune, support, trouble-shoot, etc.  for the best tomato crop you’ve ever grown.   $15

Sat., March 22, 1:00 pm: PLANTING BY THE MOON, with Mikl Brawner.  The moon and planets influence life on earth.  Mikl has been planting by the Biodynamic Calendar for 20 years with great success.  Be in sync with the cosmic rhythms.  Biodynamic Calendars will be available.   $15

Sun., March 23, 1:00 pm: GETTING STARTED IN VEGGIE GARDENING, with culinary gardening expert / market farmer Mimi Yanus.   If you are new to Colorado, or new to vegetable gardening, or have been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you.  Learn what you need to know to make your new organic vegetable garden successful, even bountiful, even in Colorado conditions!  $15.  (Repeat of Sun., March 2, 1:00 pm)

Sat., March 29, 10:00 am: HOW TO ESTABLISH A MEADOW of Colorado-adapted grasses and wildflowers from seed. Darren Klotz has completed over 1,100 seeding and erosion control projects, consulting on organic turf fertilization, now with Rocky Mtn. Bio Products. (Harlequin’s Gardens is carrying five kinds of Meadow Mixes and EZ Mulch.)  $15

Sat., March 29, 1:00 pm: GROWING HERBS AND VEGGIES IN CONTAINERS, with Ellen Dart.   No garden?  No problem!  Ellen has perfected the growing of tomatoes, peppers, greens, and much more in Earth Boxes and other containers.  Earth Boxes, pots, potting soil, fertilizers, seeds, etc. will be available for sale.   $15

Sun., March 30, 1:00 pm:  NATIVES IN THE GARDEN with Mikl Brawner, owner of Harlequin’s Gardens.  Tired of replacing plants that struggle in our Colorado climatic conditions?  Learn about specific native plants that will survive and thrive in your garden.  $15

Sat, 4/5, 1 pmSEED STARTING SUCCESS with Janis Keift of Botanical Interests Seed Company. Learn all the background and tips for getting good germination and a healthy start with seeds, indoors and out.   $15

Sun, 4/6, 1 pm: SUCCESSFUL HOME COMPOSTING with Mikl Brawner.  How to turn waste into wealth by cultivating soil microorganisms. Nature does the work if you know how to lend a hand. In this class you will learn what works in our climate, and what doesn’t. Mikl has been composting for 30 years.   $15

Sat, 4/12, 10 amEDIBLE LANDSCAPING with Alison Peck. Learn how to grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, vines and herbs in your yard, beautifully. Learn which plants are the most successful and how to integrate them into your landscape. Alison has been designing edible landscapes for 25 years; she owns Matrix Gardens landscaping.   $15

Sun, 4/13, 1 pm: FLOOD RECOVERY FOR THE GARDEN with Darren Klotz and Mikl Brawner. Learn how to stabilize eroded soil, use biology and organic amendments to clean up and enrich polluted ground, how to relate to trees with soil piled over the roots or soil washed off roots, etc. Bring your questions.   $15             

Sat, 4/19, 10 am: GROWING THE BEST PEPPERS with Carol O’Meara, Boulder County CSU Cooperative Extension. Learn how to choose and grow the best peppers for the Front Range.   $15

Sat, 4/191 pm:   BUILDING TOPSOIL and FERTILITY with Mikl Brawner. Learn 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               

Sun, 4/20:  EASTER BONNET CONTESTWear a bonnet constructed only of plant materials from your own yard! PRIZES!           

Sat, 4/26, 10 am RAISED BEDS with Bryant Mason, the Urban Farm Company. A step-by-step class on how to start an easy and productive raised bed vegetable garden: soil development, bed construction, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, harvesting and recommended crops.   $15               

Sat, 4/26, 1 pm: RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS with Michele Bailey. Learn how to select, purchase, and care for a flock of chickens. Find out what they need and the benefits they provide.   $15          

Sun, 4/27, 1 pm: VERMICOMPOSTING with “The Worm Man” John Anderson. How to compost with worms to make a rich and plant-available soil amendment for your gardens.  This has been John’s passion for many years. Worms will be available for purchase at the class for $35 plus the class fee of $15

April 28 – May 4HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS ANNUAL MAY DAY CELEBRATION AND PLANT SALE.  Plant Sale Monday thru Sunday.  On Sat, 5/3 from 10:30-11:00 don’t miss the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers who will bring us fertility and merriment, at 11:30 hear the very fine and lively Boulder Irish Session Band, and at 1:45 Magician Stuart Hayner will amaze us and entertain the children.

Sun, 5/4: WORLD LAUGHTER DAY, refreshments will be served, and from 11-12:30 enjoy some good old-time music with singer-songwriter-activist Elena Klaver and friends. At 1:00 listen to the sweet and wonderful harp of Margot Krimmel. From 2 pm and throughout the day watch for Stele Earth E Man, Eco-Troubadour and children charmer.

Sat, 5/10, 10 am: EDIBLE WEEDS AND WILD MEDICINALS with herbalist Emily Kallio. Forage, taste and delight in the wild foods Nature has to offer. Learn to prepare scrumptious snacks from the weeds that grew themselves. A fun and very popular class! Emily has 15 years of experience working with wild plants.   $15

Sat, 5/10, 1 pm: HANDS ON CONTAINER PLANTING with Elaine Walker and Staff. Learn how to put together a beautiful and successful planter using ornamentals and/or vegetables and herbs. Choose from our planters or bring your own and our wonderful selection of plants. You will take home a completed planter for yourself or as a Mother’s Day gift. Bring a trowel and gardening gloves (or buy them here).   $15 + materials    

Sat, 5/17, 10 am AND 1 pm: BEES, BEES, BEES with Miles McGaughey, President of Boulder County Beekeepers Association. Miles has 20 years of experience keeping bees. He will talk bees, then demonstrate how to work with them using our live Top Bar hive. Wear light colored clothing and avoid scented body products.   $15   

Sun, 5/18, 1 pm: SUCCESSION PLANTING with Tracey Parrish. Learn to maximize the use of your garden space and keep your vegetable garden in continual production.  Tracey is expert in culinary gardening.   $15  

Sat, 5/2410 am:   DO-IT-YOURSELF DRIP IRRIGATION with Alison Peck. Drip irrigation can be easy! It is a key part of most water conserving landscapes, but it can be intimidating.  Come learn a simple, easy to design and install system which Alison has been using for years, plus new efficient sprinklers. Save money, save water, reduce weeds and have healthier plants.  Alison Peck owns Matrix Gardens, which has been designing and installing sustainable landscapes in Boulder Valley for 25 years.   $15

Sat, 5/24, 1 pm: TIPS AND TRICKS OF XERISCAPE with Mikl Brawner. Gardening with less water is not that hard if you know how. There are tricks that will improve your success. Mikl’s xeriscape experience of over 25 years has taught him tricks that will cost you a lot less than it cost him.   $15

Sat, 5/31, 10 am:  RAINWATER ‘HARVESTING’ with Jason Gerhardt. Jason will cover the legal issues of water harvesting in Colorado and focus on what we can do to benefit from the free rain. Harvesting water in the soil, instead of in cisterns, helps us make the best possible use of our precious rainwater. Jason currently teaches a permaculture program for Naropa University and has a service: Real Earth Design.   $15   

Sat, 5/31, 1 pm: BEST FRUIT TREES FOR COLORADO with Mikl Brawner. Learn which varieties are successful here, which are not, and which are good flavored: Apples, Cherries, Plums, Pears, Peaches, and learn how to care for them. Mikl’s first orchard was in 1976.   $15

Sun, 6/1, 10 am: MAKE YOUR OWN HYPER-TUFA TROUGH PLANTER with Tamara Winter. Dress to get dirty: bring particle mask, rubber gloves, bandana; forms provided or bring one. These planters are ideal for alpine treasures, cacti and succulents etc.   $25 includes materials for 1 trough.  Pre-registration required.

Sun, 6/1, 1 pm: CANADIAN ROSES with Mikl Brawner. Canadian roses are some of the most sustainable and well-adapted roses for Colorado. Grown on their own roots, they are super-hardy, disease-resistant, repeat flowering and easy. Mikl has been growing them for more than 15 years.   $15              

Sat, 6/7, 10 am: THINK GLOBALLY, GARDEN LOCALLY with Alison Peck, owner of Matrix Gardens. Just as eating locally and mindfully transforms us and our communities, we can garden with new garden designs, plants, methods, tools, seeds and materials that can bring health to us, build a green economy, reduce toxins, conserve resources and provide a better home for all life. Bring some aspect of your yard or garden that you are unhappy with, and Alison will put her 30 years of sustainable thinking to the task.   Only $15

Sat, 6/7, 1 pm: GROOVIN’ WITH THE OLDIES with Linda Taylor. Explore the beauty, fragrance and pleasure of the old garden and heirloom roses. Every garden deserves an old rose! Linda has grown roses for over 20 years in Colorado and Montana where she had a rose nursery.   $15     

Sun, 6/8, 1 pm: MANAGING PESTS WITHOUT POISONS with Mikl Brawner. Learn how to look for and identify common pests, and how to judge if anything needs to be done. Learn which organic solutions are the most effective, for what, and how to do it. Mikl has been walking this talk for 35 years.   $15       

RESCHEDULED to 06/21 – Sat, 6/14, 10 am: MEDICINALS AS ORNAMENTALS IN A XERISCAPE-A TOUR with herbalist Leslie Lewis. Tour her successful and beautiful low-water front yard in Old Town Longmont. See how she is using medicinal herbs ornamentally in a very public front yard. Leslie is a long-time practicing herbalist.  This is an OFF-SITE class.  PRE-REGISTRATION is REQUIRED – Visit the nursery or call us at 303-939-9403 during business hours to register and receive address and directions for the class/tour.  Please BRING CASH PAYMENT to the class.
$15 

Sat, 6/14, 10 am: DAVID AUSTIN ROSES with Sharron Zaun. English Roses bred by David Austin are among the most beautiful and fragrant of all roses. Austin’s are hardier and easier than most Hybrid Teas, and more fragrant and beautiful than most modern shrub roses. Sharron will talk about their history, their culture and show how to incorporate them into your garden. This class will be a treat for your eyes and noses. Sharron has grown Austin Roses for over 15 years.   $15 

Sat, 6/14, 1 pm:   BERRIES and SMALL FRUITS for COLORADO with Mikl Brawner.  Small fruits are delicious, high in antioxidants and vitamins, take up less space and bear sooner than trees: strawberries, currants, raspberries, grapes, gooseberries. The best varieties for Colorado and how to grow them.   $15            

RESCHEDULED to 06/21 – Sat, 6/14, 10 am: MEDICINALS AS ORNAMENTALS IN A XERISCAPE-A TOUR with herbalist Leslie Lewis. (see description under 06/14)

Sat, 6/21, 10 am: NATIVE BEES with Kristina Williams. Learn about the more than 500 species of native bees in Boulder County, and how to make your garden friendly to them. Kristina is a scientist and passionate observer of insect life and of native bees in particular. Real insight into native pollinators.   $15

Sat, 6/21, 1 pm:   GARDENING for BEES, BIRDS and WILDLIFE with Alison Peck.  Learn easy ways to provide food and shelter for wildlife, how to include plants that are particularly important for wildlife, and how to discourage ‘urban wildlife’, such as deer, skunks and raccoons.  Alison Peck is a Landscape Designer specializing in xeriscapes, native plant landscapes and other earth-friendly landscapes, and owner of Matrix Gardens.   $15  

Sun, 6/22, 1 pm: A GARDEN FOR COLORADO CONDITIONS with Eve and Mikl Brawner. Tour our most recent demonstration garden. We will discuss soil prep, the native and non-native shrubs, trees and perennials, and how the garden survived, even thrived, though it was planted in the heat of the summer.   $15 

Sat, 6/28, 1 pm: GARDENING AT HIGH ALTITUDE with Diane Badertscher.  Gardening above 6000’ has its own challenges. There are certain plants and certain strategies that can improve your successes. Diane lives and has gardened at 8000’ for many years. No book can help you better!   $15

Sat, 7/12, 1 pm: BASIC PLANT IDENTIFICATION with Diane Badertscher. Ever wondered what kind of tree or shrub that was? Diane can show you some ways to identify some of the more common plants.   $15 

Sat, 7/26, 10 am: BASIC LANDSCAPE DESIGN with Elaine Walker. Elaine is a landscape architect who will show you the elements of designing areas of your property. Learn how to observe your site, identify goals, take a site analysis, create a bubble space diagram and basic design components. This class could save years of redoing!   $15

Sun, 8/10, 1 pm: PRUNING for STRENGTH, HEALTH and BEAUTY. Mikl Brawner will give a talk and demonstration. Learn to train young trees, to restructure shrubs and trees broken by storms, to prune roses. Mikl has 35 years of experience in pruning.   $15.  (Repeated on Sat, 9/13)

Sun, 8/24, 1 pm: LOW TECH GREENHOUSE DESIGN AND OPERATION with Mikl Brawner. Mikl has been researching, building and using simple greenhouses for 20 years. This class will focus on five designs on site at the nursery.  $15 

August 25-31: MEMBERS FALL PLANT SALE

Mon., 9/1:  HARLEQUIN’S ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE BEGINS FOR EVERYONE. This sale continues every week in September and October.

Sat, 9/6, 9-1: TASTE OF TOMATO – A tomato tasting festival! CSU Co-op Extension with Harlequin’s Gardens and held at Gateway Park. Bring your favorite tomatoes for free entry!  Call/see our website for details, under Event.

Sun, 9/7, 1 pm: ROCK AND CREVICE GARDENING with Mike Kintgen, senior horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens. Learn the methods and plants to enjoy the natural, beautiful jewels of rock and crevice gardens from one of the most knowledgeable rock gardeners in the region. A rare opportunity!   $15

Sat, 9/13, 1 pm:  PRUNING for STRENGTH, HEALTH and BEAUTY with Mikl Brawner will give a talk and demonstration. Learn to train young trees, to restructure shrubs and trees broken by storms, to prune roses. Mikl has 35 years of experience in pruning.   $15.  (Repeat of 8/10 class.)     

Sat, 9/27, 10 am: GARDENING AS WE AGE with Chris Woods. Interaction with Nature has many health and therapeutic benefits, especially as we age. Topics will include: modification of existing beds/areas, equipment and tools, designing for accessibility and safety, and plants that evoke sensory stimulation. Chris has a degree in Horticultural Therapy and is a Landscape Designer with Matrix Gardens.   $15

OCTOBER HOURS: Open every day 9-5 and, the Plant Sale continues.

CLOSING DATE FOR THE SEASON, TBA.

DECEMBER HOLIDAY MARKET with Local Artisan Goods and Goodies every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, in December.