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Category Archives: The Garden Buzz

Favorite Pollinator Plants

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Over 50 species of plants were installed at the Lima Plaza Pollinator Garden. All are important, but I have a few favorites. The perennials featured below are easy to tuck into a garden as you transition to a more native or native-adapted landscape. Plant them in groups of three […]

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Sustainability Practices

By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines sustainability as a method of using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. Sustainable landscapes strive to combine the natural with the man-made to create a healthy balance between people and the environment for the benefit of both. The number of […]

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From the Hort Desk – Plant It and They Will Come

By Lisa Mason, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent Spring is a wonderful time to be outside. When you are outside, I encourage you to observe your surroundings, and notice not only the pollinators but other insect and animal visitors to our yards. No matter how small the space, an entire ecosystem is right before our eyes. […]

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Appreciation & Acknowledgement – Volunteers and Donors

We wish to acknowledge and sincerely thank the following donors: Alameda Wholesale Nursery, Inc. Colorado Garden Foundation Keesen Landscape Management, Inc. Pioneer Landscape Center Tagawa Gardens O’Toole’s Garden Center Wilmore Nursery Thanks to the following Colorado Master Gardener Volunteers in Arapahoe County for their contributions: Evelyn Alton, Dawn Barnes, Ruth Blayney, Barbara Bolen, Sandy Brock, […]

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The Buzz on Building a Pollinator Bed & Breakfast

By Judy Kunz, Colorado Master Gardener Many of us are concerned about the plight of the pollinators and want to know if there is anything we can do in addition to providing native plants to attract them and provide food. The answer is that there are many simple ways to create spaces that will encourage […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Valerie Seale

Colorado Master Gardener℠ (CMG) volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about sharing gardening, landscape and horticulture education. This month we are highlighting Valerie Seale. “I started horticulture and design classes at Front Range Community College in 1999. The course material was great but lacked information on home gardening. So, I […]

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The Lima Plaza Pollinator Garden Story

By Lucinda Greene, Arapahoe County Assistant Horticulturist & Colorado Master Gardener Program Coordinator The Lima Plaza Pollinator Garden was conceived in 2018 as a way to educate the community about the important role of pollinators in our ecosystem. The garden provides information about the use of native, low-water plants in the landscape and the beneficial […]

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Behind the Scenes – A Vision Transformed

By Martha Kirk, Colorado Master Gardener Did you get to the 2020 Colorado Garden and Home Show in February to see the spectacular CSU Extension Education Garden? The theme was “Heroes and Villains in the Garden” and featured larger than life insects that emphasized the special connection between insects and plants. This garden wouldn’t have […]

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Make Room for Native Plants

By Pam Rosendal, Colorado Master Gardener Chances are, you’ve heard about the advantages of native plants in urban gardens and landscapes. It has been a topic of increasing interest in the media. Let’s take a quick look. Well, you might ask, “What is a native plant?” Native plants “occur naturally in a particular region, state, […]

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Welcoming Spring with Colorful Blooming Shrubs

By Donnetta Wilhelm, Colorado Master Gardener A Gallup Poll found that 36% of Americans named spring as their favorite season. Lawns are greening and trees are awakening. Spring birds fill the air with their songs while rainbows of bulbs burst forth in bloom. Adding dazzling color displays to the landscape is easy with a variety […]

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Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.