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Twilight Garden Series June 8-July 6

May 20, 2010

The Twilight Garden Series is an annual event which features local gardening experts. Come take advantage of the knowledge base that is created by research and practice in these fields by CSU, the City of Fort Collins Horticultural Program, and other regional organizations!

All abilities welcome

Gardeners of any ability can learn from professionals during the annual Twilight Garden Series, a series of three programs that emphasize practical information delivered informally on a variety of gardening topics. 

The series, consisting of three, two-hour workshops, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8, June 22, and July 6.

Organic Gardening
Tuesday, June 8
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Plant Environmental Research Center
630 W. Lake Street (southwest side of campus)

Organic gardening, soil fertility, pest control

The topic of the first workshop on Tuesday, June 8, will be organic gardening. Presenting will be Frank Stonaker, assistant professor and specialty crops coordinator in CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, on the principals of organic gardening.

Master Gardener Jean Reeder, retired U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service specialist, will speak on soil fertility; and Whitney Cranshaw, professor of entomology in CSU’s Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, on pest control in organic gardens. 

Perennial Gardens
Tuesday, June 22
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Plant Environmental Research Center

630 W. Lake Street

Top sun and shade perennial performers

The workshop on Tuesday, June 22, will focus on perennial gardens. Jim Klett and David Staats of CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture will discuss some of CSU’s top perennial performers.

Horticulture consultant Loretta Mannix will talk about easy-to-grow shade perennials, while CSU alumna Celia Tannehill will speak on sun perennials for challenging sites. 

Harvest Kitchen
Tuesday, July 6
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gardens at Spring Creek
2145 S. Centre Avenue

Herb infusions, veggies, small fruits

On July 6, the “Harvest Kitchen” workshop will feature the new Outdoor Teaching Kitchen at The Gardens on Spring Creek. Marisa Bunning, assistant professor in the Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition, will talk about herb infusions.

Paul Pelligrino, owner of All Occasions Catering, will offer international vegetable samplings, and Joel Reich, CSU Extension agent in Boulder County, will discuss growing and harvesting small fruits in Colorado.


  • $5 for a single event
  • $10 for the entire series
  • Pre-registration is not required
  • Refreshments and door prizes will be handed out

Event will be held, rain or shine

Workshops are held outdoors, rain or shine, so participants are asked to dress appropriately for unpredictable weather.

The Twilight Garden Series is sponsored by Colorado State's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State Extension and the City of Fort Collins Horticulture Program.

Contact: Jim Beers
Phone: (970) 491-6401