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Treasure Valley gardening events includes a day with fruit

Friday, Sept. 16

University of Idaho Fruit Field Day: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at U of I Parma Research and Extension Center, 31727 Parma Road. All tours include discussion/questions/answers on various cultural practices of fruit crops, including planting, growth regulators, pruning, thinning, girdling, irrigation, pest and disease control, safety in chemical application, use of chemical and environmental safety. Also, sampling of all varieties of fruit. Free. (208) 722- 6701, ext. 228.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 16-17

Gardens Bursting with Seasonal Color and Texture: 10 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or info@madelinegeorge.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Perennials: 6 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Michele Lesica, IBG Horticulture Manager, will take you on a grand tour of the Garden grounds to view and discuss perennial plants well suited for Treasure Valley soils and climate. $15 IBG members, $20 nonmembers. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Harvest Food Preservation Class: Jams and Jellies: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Idaho, Ada County Extension, 5880 Glenwood St., Boise. Learn how to make soft spreads, homemade liquid pectin, and how to remake your soft spreads if they did not gel properly. $15. Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is one week prior to each class. Call 287-5900 or email ada@uidaho.edu.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24

Extending the Harvest: Fall and Winter Edible Gardening: 10 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or info@madelinegeorge.com.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Landscaping for Wildlife: 6 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Explore some simple techniques for increasing the biodiversity of your own backyard. $15 IBG members, $20 nonmembers. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Harvest Food Preservation Class: Hands-on Pressure Canning: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Idaho, Ada County Extension, 5880 Glenwood St., Boise. Learn about low-acid foods and how to process them using a pressure canner. Information on how to use and care for your pressure canner also provided. $40. Pre-registration is required. Deadline to register is one week prior to each class. Call 287-5900 or email ada@uidaho.edu.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1

Garden Design Meet and Greet: 10 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Meet local designers and chat about your garden. Light refreshments and beverages. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or info@madelinegeorge.com.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8

Festival Container Design: 10 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or info@madelinegeorge.com.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15

Essential Garden Maintenance: October through March: 10 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at Madeline George Garden Design Nursery, 10550 W. Hill Road Parkway, Boise. Overview of garden tasks and pruning for winter-loving gardeners. Free. RSVP to 995-2815 or info@madelinegeorge.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Fall Tips for a Healthy and Successful Spring Garden: 6:30 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. Comprehensive class covers all the fall basics to encourage a glorious garden next spring, includes how to evaluate your landscape for future improvement, what to prune in the fall, soil amendment and mulching, tool maintenance and more. $12 IBG members, $17 nonmembers. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

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