Garden calendar: growing edibles, small gardens in high desert, more

March 27, 2014 

MARCH 29

Edibles in the Landscape: 10 to 11 a.m. at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. The Dirt Diva, aka Mary Ann Newcomer, will teach you how to grow edibles in your backyard or in a small space. She has authored a new book on growing veggies in the mountain states; book signing to follow. Free. RSVP: 853-4000, farwestgardencenter.net.

Small Garden Design for the High Desert Plateau: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Free. Register: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

MARCH 31

Heirloom Tomatoes: A Delicious Slice of History: 7 p.m. at Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way. Learn what heirloom tomatoes are, where to find them, how to grow and use them, and how to save your own seeds. Learn about local seed saving organizations and how you can get involved in collecting, growing and sharing. Seeds will be available to all participants; bring your own to share as well. $12 NRC members, $15 nonmembers.

APRIL 2

Cool Conifers: 6 to 7 p.m. at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Seminar taught by Dennis and Rick, FarWest Landscape evergreen experts. Free. RSVP: 853-4000, farwestgardencenter.net.

Lawn and landscape class: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Dave Beck provides an overview of the most important topics related to growing a beautiful lawn. Landscape architect Toby Norton provides background on landscape design, including orientation, hydrozones and proper plant placement. Free. To register, email bpr@cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

APRIL 5

Rose pruning workshop: 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Lakeview Park Rose Garden, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue N., Nampa. Free. Register: 468-5890, nampaparks.org.

Paver Patios and Pathways: 10 to 11 a.m. at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Free. RSVP: 853-4000, farwestgardencenter.net.

Layering the Garden for Seasonal Color: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Free. Register: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

APRIL 9

Fairy Gardens and Terrariums: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center, 5728 W. State St., Boise. Learn how to create your own with Doreen. $25, includes materials. RSVP: 853-4000, farwestgardencenter.net.

Roses and irrigation class: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. From proper pruning techniques to selecting the right plant for the job, Andrea Wurtz reviews the basic steps involved to produce beautiful healthy roses. Dan Falconer teaches a short course on how to use your irrigation system to efficiently water your garden and on landscaping in our dry Idaho climate. Free. To register, email bpr@cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

APRIL 12

Celebrate Spring with Zing!: 11 a.m. at Madeline George Garden Design, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Tutorial on creating unique spring containers. Free. Register: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

APRIL 19

Planting 101 and Sprinklers 101: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Madeline George Garden Design, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Free. Register: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.

APRIL 24

"Interdisciplinary Explorations: The Idea of Nature" public lecture: 6 p.m. with reception to follow at 7 p.m. in the Simplot Ballroom, Student Union Building, Boise State University. "Getting to the Roots of the Matter: Trees in 19th Century Literature" presented by Susan Oliver, senior lecturer in English, University of Essex, England. Free. For free tickets for the reception or information about free parking, email samanthaharvey@boisestate.edu. Details available at scholarworks.boisestate.edu/ideaofnature.

APRIL 26

Plant sale: 8:30 a.m. to noon at 1917 N. 9th St., Boise.

Idaho Native Plant Society plant sale: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise.

Garden classes: At Madeline George Garden Design, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Free. Register: 995-2815, info@madelinegeorge.com.• The Bees Knees Planting Class, 11 a.m.• Design with Idaho in Mind, 2 p.m.

MAY 2-3

Idaho Botanical Garden Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Benefits IBG horticulture programs and ensures practical experience for College of Western Idaho horticulture students. Half-price admission. 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. • Members only, 4 to 8 p.m. May 2. Free with membership.

MAY 3

Ada Gardeners plant sale: 8 a.m. to noon at 10608 W. Cruser Drive, Boise. Proceeds benefit scholarships at the College of Western Idaho (CWI).

Catholic Women's League plant sale: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt, Nampa.

MAY 9

National Public Gardens Day: 9 a.m. to dusk at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Free. 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

MAY 9-10

Idaho Horticulture Society plant sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Boise Urban Garden School, 4821 Franklin Road, Boise. Proceeds benefit garden club community service projects and CWI horticulture program. Bring your own boxes. 870-1299, idhort.com.

MAY 17-18

Golden Garden Club Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10305 Harvester Drive, Boise.

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