You can be a garden expert (almost) in time for the last average frost day of the year, May 10 — when it’s safe to plant most of your garden.
Check out these free offerings from the experts:
Free gardening classes
▪ FarWest Garden Center:
5728 W. State St., Boise. RSVP to save your spot as space is limited: 208-853-4000.
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 29: No Space is Too Small: Container Gardening with More than Just Annuals, 11 a.m. Explore creating containers with perennials, edibles, vines, shrubs, small trees, conifers and more.
May 6: Moveable Feast, 11 a.m. Learn to design your cuisine of choice in a container for enjoyment all season long.
May 20: Design with Idaho in Mind, 11 a.m. Learn about the best native, waterwise and regionally adaptable plants for the urban environment.
May 27: Garden Editing, 11 a.m. Learn the tips and techniques for editing your garden.
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.
Other Plant Sales
▪ Saturday, April 29: U of I Master Gardener Plant Sale, 9 a.m. to noon at University of Idaho Ada County Extension Office, 5880 Glenwood St., Boise. 287-5900.
▪ Saturday, May 6: Ada Gardeners Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to noon at 10080 W. Secreteriat St., Boise.
▪ Saturday, May 6: Catholic Women’s League of St. Paul’s Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt Ave., Nampa. Proceeds will be donated to the parish project of building a new events center. 899-7000.
▪ Thursday, May 11: Idaho Botanical Garden Plant Sale for members, 4 to 7 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. idahobotanicalgarden.org.
▪ Friday, May 12: National Public Gardens Day, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Any leftover plants from the members-only plant sale on Thursday, May 11, will be available. Free admission. idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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. 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.