Classes

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

  HARLEQUIN’S GARDENS CLASSES AND EVENTS FOR 2015

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. 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.

 2015 Classes at Harlequin’s Gardens

Sunday, March 8 @ 1 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.

Saturday, March 14 @ 10 am:
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

Saturday, March 14 @ 1 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

Sunday, March 15 @ 1 pm:
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 include: soil development, how to build raised beds, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, watering, harvesting, recommended crops.  $15

Saturday, March 21 @ 10 am:
RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS
with Michele Bailey.  Got chicks?  This class covers backyard flocks, from chick to hen. We will focus on egg laying breeds, and guidelines for success!

Saturday, March 21 @ 1 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

Sunday, March 22 @ 1 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

Saturday, March 28 @ 10 am:
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 we will discuss how-to, common problems and what works in Colorado. Mikl has been composting for 35 years.

Saturday, March 28 @ 1 pm:
COLD HARDY CACTI AND SUCCULENTS with Kelly Grummons.  Kelly is co-owner and chief horticulturist at Timberline Gardens, and has a passion (and a side-business) for selecting, breeding and growing beautiful and tough cold-hardy cacti and succulents. He will discuss a variety of winter hardy cacti, agaves, yuccas, and outdoor succulents. He will show how to choose appropriate sites, soil prep, fertilization, and ongoing care.

Sunday, March 29 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.                                                                           BABY GOAT DAY! Margaret Hollander, owner of Capering Goat Dairy, brings several of her adorable baby goats by for a visit. Come enjoy their hilarious antics!

Saturday, April 4
10 am: 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 natural look.

1 pm: Growing Herbs and Veggies in Containers with Ellen Dart.  Ellen is a longtime Boulder vegetable gardener, growing more that $900 worth of food and herbs each year in Earth Boxes and containers. She will share the simple methods for success that she has learned for growing greens, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, and more.

Sunday, April 5:  Easter Bonnet Contest!
Wear a bonnet constructed from materials from your yard! Prizes!

Saturday, April 11
10 am:
  Getting Started in Vegetable Gardening with Mimi Yanus. If you are new to Colorado, new to vegetable gardening, or have just been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you! Learn what you need to know to make your organic vegetable garden successful, even bountiful, in our Colorado conditions.

1 pm:   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 owns Matrix Gardens and has designed for 25 years.

Sunday April 12
1 pm:
Creating a Bee Safe Neighborhood with David Wheeler
In this workshop, David Wheeler, co-creator of the first Bee Safe Neighborhood in the US (Melody Catalpa, Boulder), will show you how to fight back effectively and meaningfully against the flood of systemic neonicotinoid neurotoxins that are being sold as all-in-one solutions to garden pest management, killing honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators.  By celebrating community and sharing knowledge, this course is appropriate for people interested in creating Bee Safe Neighborhoods wherever they live.

Saturday, April 18
10 am:
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.

1 pm:  Seed Saving with Janis Keift
Seed saving is part of our gardening heritage. Whether you want to preserve a family heirloom or save seed to share with friends, this class will help you become a successful seed saver. Topics to be covered include planning the garden, botanical classifications, pollination methods, isolation distances to prevent cross-pollination, harvesting, and processing wet-seeded and dry-seeded crops.

Sunday, April 19
1 pm:
Best Veggie Varieties for the Front Range with Mimi Yanus
Mimi will discuss different varieties of the many vegetables (in addition to tomatoes!) that are successful and productive in our region.

Wednesday, April 22   Earth Day

Saturday, April 25
10 am:
Edible Landscaping with Alison Peck. Learn how to grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, vines, and herbs in your yard, beautifully! Discover which plants are the most successful and how to integrate them into your landscape. Alison has been designing edible landscapes for 25 years.

1 pm:  Bees, Bees, Bees! with Miles McGaughey
Miles has been a beekeeper for more than 20 years. He will discuss the fascinating world of honey bees, and demonstrate how to work with them using our live hives. Please wear light colored clothing and avoid scented body products

Sunday, April 26
1 pm: 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.

**May 2-3  Annual May Day Celebration & World Laughter Day (5/3)**

Saturday, May 9
10 am: Raised Beds
101 with Bryant Mason
Repeat of Bryant’s March 15 class. Step-by-step description of how to start an easy and productive raised bed vegetable garden. Topics covered will include soil development, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, watering, harvesting, and recommended crops. Bryant is the founder of The Urban Farm Co.

1 pm: Top Bar Hives with Julie Finlay-Ridinger
What is a top bar hive, and how is it different from other types? Julie has been working with top bar hives for over 15 years and will show you how and why she prefers them.  She will be demonstrating with the live top bar hive at Harlequin’s. Please wear light colored clothing and avoid scented body products.

Sunday, May 10  Mothers’ Day

Saturday, May 16
10 am:
Secrets of Growing Great Tomatoes with Carol O’Meara.  Join Carol in learning about the tomato, a plant that wins our hearts and rules our gardens! You’ll learn techniques for getting the most of your crop while keeping pests at bay.

1 pm: Birds, Bees, and Wildlife with Alison Peck. Learn easy ways to provide food and shelter for wildlife, how to include plants that are particularly important, and how to discourage “urban wildlife” such as deer, skunks, and raccoons. Alison is a Landscape Designer specializing in xeriscape, native plant landscapes, and other earth-friendly landscapes.

Sunday, May 17
1 pm:
Viticulture with John Martin
Would you like a glass of wine from your own backyard vineyard? 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.

Saturday, May 23
10 am: Raised Beds 201
with Bryant Mason
A continuation of Bryant’s Raised Beds 101 class. Topics covered will include organic pest management, vegetable growing tips, advice on other crops, winter growing/season extension, and other mid-season garden questions. Bryant is the founder of The Urban Farm Co.

1 pm: Creating/Nurturing Habitats for Pollinators with Engrid Winslow
What plants attract honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds? What can you do to create habitats for pollinators? This class will show you how to provide for these important creatures.

Saturday, May 30
10 am: Living Landscapes
with Alison Peck. A garden that just cultivates plants is like a world with just one color! Come learn about “Living Landscapes” – landscapes that invite in the whole community of life. Our gardens can provide invaluable habitat for insects, birds, and animals that are losing their natural homes as we expand our cities and farms across the world.

Sunday May 31
1 pm:
Best Fruit Trees for Colorado with Mikl Brawner.

Saturday, June 6
10 am: Edible Weeds and Wild Medicinals 
with Leslie Lewis. Imagine turning the weeds that grow all around you into a handy grocery store and effective medicine chest! Learn how in this fun and informative class that teaches you to forage and prepare wild plants in a variety of ways that will delight your palate and help your body heal. Led by Leslie C. Lewis, certified clinical herbalist and flower essence practitioner.

1 pm: 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, native bees in particular. She has real insight into our native pollinators!

Saturday, June 13
10 am:
Medicinals as Ornamentals in the Xeric Garden with Leslie Lewis (off-site) Tour Leslie’s successful and beautiful low water front yard in Old Town Longmont. See how she is using medicinal herbs ornamentally in a very public landscape. Leslie is a long-time practicing herbalist.

1 pm: The Allure and Romance of Old Garden Roses with Linda Taylor. Come learn what Antique Roses have to offer: they are dramatic and have a timeless character and charm. They are easy to grow in cold and challenging climates, provide multi-seasonal interest, are reliable, versatile, and offer unforgettable fragrances!

Sunday, June 14
1 pm:
Managing Garden Pests without Poisons with Mikl Brawner. Discover 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.

**June 14-20 National Pollinator Week**

Saturday, June 20
10 am:
David Austin Roses with Sharron Zaun. English Roses bred by David Austin are among the most beautiful and fragrant of all roses. Austins are hardier and easier to grow than Hybrid Teas, and showier than most modern shrub roses. Sharron will share their history and culture, and show you how to incorporate them into your garden. A treat for your eyes and noses!

1 pm: Berries and Small Fruits for Colorado with Mikl Brawner.  Small fruits are delicious, high in antioxidants and vitamins, and are easy to grow: strawberries, currants, raspberries, grapes, and gooseberries. Mikl will share the best varieties for Colorado.

**Sunday, June 21 Summer Solstice, Fathers Day**

Saturday, June 27
10 am:
Tips and Tricks of Xeriscape with Mikl Brawner. Gardening with less water is not hard if you know how. There are tricks that will improve your success.

1 pm: Gardening at Altitude with Diane Badertscher. Gardening above 6,000′ has its own challenges. There are plants and strategies that can improve your success. Diane has lived and gardened at 8,000′ for over 15 years.

Sunday, June 28
1 pm:
Permaculture for Everyone! with Lynn Dugay.  Are you the only kid on the block who hasn’t jumped on the permaculture bandwagon? Join Lynn for a fun-filled exploration into this fascinating design system. The workshop will consist of a presentation and field work to develop your basic permaculture skills.

Saturday, July 11
1 pm:
Basic Plant ID 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.

Saturday, July 18
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, create a bubble space diagram and basic design components.

Sunday, August 16
1 pm:
Pruning for Strength, Health, and Beauty with Mikl Brawner. Learn to train young trees, restructure shrubs and trees broken by storms, and prune roses. Mikl will give a talk and demonstration.

Saturday, August 22
1 pm:
Pruning for Strength, Health, and Beauty with Mikl Brawner
(repeat of 8/16 class)

Saturday, August 29
10 am – 1 pm:  4th Annual Taste of Tomato
(at Gateway Fun Center) A tomato tasting festival! Bring your favorite homegrown tomatoes for free entry. Call 303-939-9403, or check our website under “Events” for details. Co-sponsored by Harlequin’s Gardens and CSU Cooperative Extension.

Saturday, Sept. 12
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.

Sunday, Sept. 13
1 pm:
Crevice and Rock Gardening with Mike Kintgen. 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. Mike is Curator of the Alpine Collections at the Denver Botanic Gardens.