Classes

—   HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS
4795 N. 26th StBoulderCO 80301
303-939-9403   www.HarlequinsGardens.com

  HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS CLASSES AND EVENTS FOR 2017

Our teachers have spent years honing their skills in Colorado and will help guide you to success. We are charging $15 (unless otherwise stated) for our 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. (We can only accept cash and checks for class fees.) You can register at the nursery, by mail, or by calling 303-939-9403. We are unable to take class registration by email at this time.
Most of our classes run from one and a half to two hours in length, and sometimes longer for hands-on classes or if there are a large number of questions.

MARCH 2017 CLASSES

Sat, Mar 4 at 10 AM – Cold Hardy Cacti & Succulents with Kelly Grummons

Kelly will discuss a variety of winter hardy cacti with agaves, yuccas, and outdoor succulents. He will show how to choose appropriate sites, soil prep, fertilization, and ongoing care.  Kelly is the former co-owner and chief horticulturist at Timberline Gardens.

Sun, Mar 5 at 1 PM –  Planting by the Moon & Stars 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 for sale.

Sat, Mar 11 at 10 AM – Broadleafed Evergreen Shrubs for Colorado with Kelly Grummons

NEW! Increase your plant palette by learning the interesting Broadleafed Evergreen shrubs that are happy or even native in Colorado, and how to grow them successfully. Manzanita, Mt. Mahogany, Boxwood, Mountain Lover, Daphne, Fernbush, Brooms, Mahonia, Ephedra, Euonymus, and more!

Sun, Mar 12 at 1 PM – Vermicomposting with John Anderson

The many ways worms can save the planet.  They are nature’s gift that keeps on giving.  Find out why, how, and such.  The hope and change we’ve been waiting for right under your feet, Worms!   Worms will be available for purchase at the class for $40 plus the class fee of $15.  Pre-order worms at $5 discount.

Sat, Mar 18 at 10 AM – Getting Started in Vegetable Gardening with 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!

Sun, Mar 19 at 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 35 years.

     Mon, Mar 20 – First Day of Spring

Sat, 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.

Sun, Mar 26 at 10 AM – Plant Propagation 101 with Gary Meis

Curious about how to propagate and multiply your own plants?  Gary will discuss the various methods of propagation and the pros and cons of each.   Gary has been propagating plants for over 20 years!

 

APRIL 2017 CLASSES

Sat, Apr 1 at 10 AM – Get Started in Veggie Gardening with 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

Sat, Apr 1 at 1 PM – Seed Starting Success with Janis Keift

Planting seeds connects you to the earth and your garden.  Learn tips and information for seed starting success including seed selection, when to plant, containers, light, and more.  We will also discuss planting seeds directly in the garden and starting seeds indoors for transplanting.  It’s time to plant!   $15

Sun, Apr 2 at 10 AM – Organic Lawn Care with Mikl Brawner

Learn how to support healthy soil and soil life using compost, organic fertilizers, aeration, proper watering, and mowing, and how to avoid and deal with weeds.   $15

Sun, Apr 2 at 1 PM – Succession Planting with Tracey Parrish

Learn the techniques and timing to maximize your garden space and keep your veggie garden in continual production throughout the seasons. This class provides participants with an extensive planting schedule table, outlining when and where to start your seeds, the time to transplant out and when to expect harvest. Tracey is expert in culinary gardening, has a large garden and sells produce and cut flowers at local farmer’s markets.    $15

Sat, Apr 8 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. We will also discuss new efficient sprinklers that can reduce water use for lawns and groundcovers.   $15

Sun, Apr 9 at 1 PM – Neonicotinoid Pesticides with Mikl Brawner

What are neonics, and how do they affect bees and other insect life? This class will show you how to avoid letting them into your yard, and choose pesticide alternatives like healthy soil, beneficial insects, and non-toxic sprays.   $15

Sat, Apr 15 at 10 AM – Edible 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, Apr 16 – Easter

     Sat, Apr 22 – Earth Day

Sat, Apr 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.   (repeated on May 27)   $20, one parent and one child.  $5 per additional child.

Sat, Apr 22 at 1 PM – Fearless Rose Pruning with Eve Reshetnik Brawner

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

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

Margaret, 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!

Sun, Apr 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

     Fri, Apr 28 – Arbor Day

Sat, Apr 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

Sun, Apr 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 how to care for your fruit trees.   $15

 

MAY 2017 CLASSES

     Mon, May 1 to Sun, May 7 – May Day Sale

Sat, May 6 & Sun, May 7 – Harlequin’s Gardens Annual May Day Celebration Featuring the Maroon Bells Morris Dancers’ on May 6!

Sat, May 13 at 10 AM – Combating Climate Change in your Garden with Elizabeth Black

Soil sequestration of carbon is a hopeful new strategy for combating climate change and promoting healthy soils.  Certain gardening practices can take CO2 out of the atmosphere, store the CO2 in your soil AND improve your soil. Through these practices, your garden can become part of the solution to climate change.  Elizabeth will cover the whys, how’s, research, and challenges of soil sequestration and soil health.  If you are curious about soil sequestration of carbon and want to learn more, please join her.   $15

     Sun, May 14 – Mother’s Day

Sat, May 20 at 10 AM – The Whole is Greater than the Parts: From Native Plants to Native Landscapes with Alison Peck

When we move from plant collections to landscapes patterned after nature, our gardens become richer, healthier, and more abundant.  We’ll share ecological understandings that allow us to work with nature to conserve resources (including our time), create better habitat for us and wildlife, and weave native plants into regenerative native landscapes.   $15

Sun, May 21 at 1 PM – Natives in the Garden with Mikl Brawner

Tired of replacing plants that struggle in our Colorado climatic conditions?  Learn how to choose and successfully grow specific native shrubs and wildflowers that thrive here, support native pollinators and birds, save water and have a Western look.   $15

Sat, May 27 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 and 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.   (repeat of Apr 22)   $20, one parent and one child.  $5 per additional child.

     Mon, May 29 – Memorial Day

 

JUNE 2017 CLASSES

Sat, Jun 3 at 10 AM – Beneficial Insects with Carol O’Meara

Most of the insects we encounter are actually good guys! Carol will help you learn the difference, and what you can do to attract them.  Carol is a Boulder County Master Gardener.   $15

Sat, Jun 3 at 1 PM – Growing Antique Roses for Beauty, Fragrance & Reliability with Linda Taylor

Explore the beauty, fragrance, and ease of growing old garden roses. Every garden should have at least one heirloom rose!  Linda has grown roses for over 20 years, both here and Montana, where she owned her own nursery.   $15

Sun, Jun 4 at 10 AM – Berries & Small Fruits for Colorado with Mikl Brawner

Small fruits are delicious, high in antioxidants, take up less space and bear sooner than trees: strawberries, currants, raspberries, grapes, gooseberries.  Learn about the best varieties for Colorado and how to grow them.   $15

Sun, Jun 4 at 1 PM – Habitat Hero Wildscaping 101 with Daria Leverne and Laura Somers

From a birds-eye view. Learn how to create wildlife-friendly gardens that help combat the loss of open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas by providing habitat for wildlife.  Daria and Laura of Audubon Rockies and CNPS will demonstrate the importance of restoring our communities, one garden patch at a time.   $15

Thur, Jun 8 at 5 PM – What’s Wrong with my Tomato Plant? With Carol O’Meara

It’s that time when we are beset with all manner of tomato plant issues. Our local Colorado State Cooperative Extension Horticulture Agent and tomato expert will help diagnose problems.   $15

Sun, Jun 11 at 1 PM – Living with Emerald Ash Borer and Japanese Beetles with Mikl Brawner

We have two new invaders in our plant world, Emerald Ash Borer and Japanese Beetles.  Learn from Mikl how to evaluate your plants and learn about the various solutions that are the most effective.   $15

Sat, Jun 17 at 10 AM – Colorado Native Bees with Kristina Williams

If you have a backyard garden, it’s probably being pollinated by some of Boulder County’s 500+ species of native bees.  We’ll talk about some of the basic types and how you can create bee friendly habitat to invite them to your yard.  Then we’ll walk through Harlequins’ demonstration gardens to observe some of these bees in action.   $15

     Sun, Jun 18 – Father’s Day

     Wed, Jun 21 – Summer Solstice

     Jun 19-25 – National Pollinator Week

Sat, Jun 24 at 10 AM – Honey Bee Meet & Greet with Kristina Williams

Have you ever watched bees coming out of a knot hole in an old tree or seen those stacks of boxes near a field and wondered what was inside?  Come take a peek inside a working hive of honey bees and chat about what it takes to have a hive of your own or to help bees in general.   Please wear long sleeves and pants.   $15

Sun, Jun 25 at 1 PM – Managing Garden 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

 

JULY 2017 CLASSES

     Tue, Jul 4 – Independence Day   (Harlequin’s Gardens is Closed)

Sun, Jul 9 at 1 PM – Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range with Sarah Garrett

Curious to know more about our Front Range butterflies?   Join Sarah from the Butterfly Pavilion is learning how to identify our most common butterflies and what you can do to help them prosper here in Colorado.   $15

Sat, Jul 15 at 1 PM – 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 and create a bubble space diagram.    $15

Sun, Jul 16 at 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 will pass on his 30 years of xeriscape experience.   $15

Sun, Jul 23 at 1 PM – Gardening with Mushrooms, The Magic of Mycelium with Zach Hedstrom

Join Zach for a class about the many ways you can incorporate mushrooms and fungi in your garden and lifestyle. You will learn the basic techniques for growing mushrooms, how to encourage fungal activity in your soil, and about the health-giving properties that you can experience from eating more mushrooms!   $15

 

AUGUST 2017 CLASSES

Sat, Aug 5 at 1 PM – Foraging Rocky Mtn Mushrooms: Regional Mushroom ID with Zach Hedstrom

In this class, you will learn the basics of mushroom identification and what you should know before going out on a hunt. We will also introduce a variety of local mushrooms and their identification features. A good class for beginners as well as those who have done some foraging before.  $15

Sun, Aug 6 at 1 PM – Pruning for Strength, Health and Beauty with Mikl Brawner

Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning.   (Repeated on Sep. 17)    $15

Sun, Aug 13, at 10 AM – Make your own Hyper-Tufa Trough with Tamara Winter

Design, create and bring home your own hyper-tufa trough, ideal for alpine treasures, cacti and succulents, etc.  Dress to get dirty: bring particle mask, rubber gloves, bandana; forms provided or bring one.  Meet at 9:45 and then follow Tamara to her nearby studio.   $40, includes materials & trough.

Sun, Aug 27 at 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

 

SEPTEMBER 2017 CLASSES

     Mon, Sep 4 – Labor Day

Sat, Sep 9, 10 AM-1 PM – Seventh Annual 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 303-939-9403 or visit our website, Harlequin’sGardens.com, under Event, for details.

Sun, Sep 17 at 1 PM – Pruning for Strength, Health and Beauty with Mikl Brawner

Learn how to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees damaged by storms, and to prune roses. Mikl has over 35 years of experience in pruning.   (Repeat of Aug 6)    $15