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Treasure Valley gardening events: low-water landscaping, going organic, more

Saturday, Jan. 30

Creating a Xeric Landscape: 2 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Peggy Faith, a specialist in creating native and non-native xeric gardens, will discuss design ideas, considerations for placement, lawn alternatives, irrigation basics, hardscaping and maintenance. $12 IBG members, $17 nonmembers. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Organic Yard and Garden: 10 a.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Jennifer Miller will discuss ways to establish and maintain garden and flower beds without the use of herbicides, and various methods for managing common pests. $12 IBG members, $17 nonmembers. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Grape Growing: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Spring into a Successful Garden: 6:30 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Toby Mancini, IBG Horticulture Director, will help you organize your garden maintenance including improving soil conditions and pruning and dividing perennials; discuss weeds, pests and their controls; and share timely plant care tips and other spring gardening wisdom. $15 IBG members, $20 nonmembers. Register: 343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Organic Gardening: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 24-25

Fruit Tree Pruning: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Thursday, Feb. 25

Right tree, right place and pruning techniques: 7 to 9 p.m. at Nampa City Hall, 411 3rd St. S. Learn how to select the right tree based on the planting location and how to prune properly. Presenter: Earl Moran, city forester. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Rethinking Idaho Landscapes: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Special Events Center, Boise State University. Community forum, presented by the Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho, provides attendees with examples, tools and information useful for gardening in Idaho. $35 garden members and U of I Master Gardeners, $45 nonmembers. Register at idahobotanicalgarden.org.

Wednesday, March 2

Tree Biology: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Wednesday, March 9, and Saturday, March 12

Tree Pruning: 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 12 at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Thursday, March 10

Fruit tree prunning: 7 to 9 p.m. at Nampa City Hall, 411 3rd St. S. Learn the best time and way to prune fruit trees to keep them healthy, well-balanced, open to sunlight and maximize fruit production. Presenter: Jim Jenkins, CWI professor. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Wednesday, March 16

Tree Selection and Planting: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Thursday, March 17

Low Water Landscaping: 7 to 9 p.m. at Nampa City Hall, 411 3rd St. S. Learn how to achieve a low-water landscape that looks great. Topics include hydrozoning, irrigation and planting design. Presenter: Dan Schults, CWI horticulture professor and certified nursery professional. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Wednesday, March 23

Tree Problems: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Wednesday, March 30

Lawn and Irrigation: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Saturday, April 2

Tree planting and pruning demonstration: 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue North, Nampa. Hands-on tree planting class to learn proper planting and pruning techniques. Presenter: Earl Moran, city forester. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Wednesday, April 6

Roses and landscape: 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Free, but register at parks.cityofboise.org or call 608-7700.

Thursday, April 7

Tree disorders, insects and diseases: 7 to 9 p.m. at Nampa City Hall, 411 3rd St. S. Learn about some of the most common insect related problems found on local trees and most common problems created by people. Corrective suggestions will be given to help maintain healthy trees. Presenter: Dan Schults, CWI horticulture professor. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

Saturday, April 9

Rose pruning and care: 10 a.m. to noon at Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard and 16th Avenue North, Nampa. Learn basic techniques to produce beautiful, healthy roses. Presenter: Lucas Navock, Nampa Parks employee. Free. 468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.

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