You can be a garden expert (almost) in time for the first day of spring, March 21, and the last average frost day of the year, May 10.
Check out these free offerings from the experts:
Free gardening classes
▪ Boise Community Forestry/Boise Parks and Recreation:
March 29: Tree Problems with Debbie Cook, city arborist
April 5: Lawn and Irrigation with Dave Beck, city lawn maintenance specialist and Danny Roop city irrigation mechanic
April 12: Roses and Landscape with Andrea Wurtz, Master Gardener and landscape technician and Toby Norton, city landscape architect
Learn more online at parks.cityofboise.org.
▪ Boise Library Hillcrest branch:
5246 W. Overland Road. Call 208-972-8340 for more information.
April 11: Get inspiration and tips for landscaping with native plants from Ann DeBolt, member of the Idaho Native Plant Society and botanist at the Idaho Botanical Garden.
▪ Edwards Greenhouse:
4106 Sand Creek St.
March 25: Pruning class with Susan Bell, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Bell, a horticulturist from the University of Idaho Extension, Ada County, will cover pruning basics for shrubs and trees.
▪ FarWest Garden Center:
5728 W. State St., Boise. RSVP to save your spot as space is limited: 208-853-4000.
March 25: Bountiful Berries, 10 a.m. Tom Elias, founding member of the Snake River Table Grape Growers Association, will introduce some of the best berry varieties for our area.
April 1: Table Grapes, 10 a.m. Tom Elias, founding member of the Snake River Table Grape Growers Association, presents a class on planting, training, and pruning grapes.
April 5: Small Footprint Gardens, 6 p.m. Get ideas for gardening or landscaping a small space.
April 8: Welcome to Boise Gardening, 10 a.m. Doreen will take you down the path of basic tips for successful planting and growing in our climate and soil.
April 12: Landscape Design, 6 p.m. Introduction to design of gardens and outdoor living spaces. Learn the basic principles of landscape design — form, function, flow, aesthetics — and will apply those principles to the process of designing a new outdoor garden room.
April 22: Tomatoes, 10 a.m. Doreen will share her tips and secrets for healthy plants and bountiful harvests, favorite heirloom selections, good choices for preserving and, of course, the best types for making salsa.
April 29: Blueberries, 10 a.m. Dennis Fix, owner of FarWest, will teach you how to grow blueberries in Idaho.
FarWest also offers other gardening classes. For more information on the fees and details on those classes, go to farwestgardencenter.net.
▪ Madeline George Garden Design Nursery:
April 8: Kick off Your Outdoor Pantry: Cool Season Veggies, 11 a.m. Get your garden, tools, timing and tricks you need to start your spring veggie garden early and maximize your success with edibles.
April 15: Building Bodacious Borders, 11 a.m. Techniques to design a layered flower bed with structure, color and year round interest.
April 22: Earth Day Essentials, 11 a.m. Hey There Pollinator: How to Attract Native Pollinators; Get Xerius: Water and Firewise Gardens; Get the Mix Right: Soil Amendments; Planting Perfection: Best Practices.
Learn more online at madelinegeorge.com.
Zamzows will offer a lawn class and a tomato/pepper class sometime during the spring. Details TBA. Check with your local Zamzows for details.
Learn more about Zamzows online at zamzows.com.
Idaho Native Plant Society
Bert Bowler, “extreme gardener and native plant buff,” will talk about the Table Rock fire that decimated the popular area in East Boise last year. Bowler lives near the fire site and will talk about how growing native plants (and combating cheat grass) helped save his house from flames. He will also share how the area is recovering and what methods appear to be working best to heal the landscape. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 11 at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut in Boise.
The group will also host its annual Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the MK Nature Center.
Love roses? Here’s a perfect volunteer opportunity
The Julia Davis Park Rose Garden has been delighting visitors since it opened in 1935. Boise Parks and Rec seeks volunteers to commit to working in the garden one morning each week through the summer. Garden tasks include weeding, trimming dead flower heads, fence painting, trash and debris removal and other rose-related jobs as needed.
Boise Parks and Rec staff will hold work sessions on Wednesdays, from 8 to 11 a.m. from mid-March through mid-September. Although some knowledge of plant care is desired, gardeners of all skills and knowledge levels are welcome. City staff will provide direction and training for anyone who is interested in lending a hand. Contact Jerry Pugh, community programs coordinator at 208-608-7617 or email@example.com to sign up.
Do you know of other free garden educational events and opportunities in the Treasure Valley? Let us know for this ongoing listing. Michelle Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.