Twilight Garden Series offers two summer programs for gardeners

The annual Twilight Garden Series returns to Colorado State University’s Trial Gardens this June 4 and 18, with topics that will appeal to aspiring green-thumbs and veteran gardeners. Topics of interest include “Best Lawn on the Block,” “Container Gardening” and “Garden Myths Demystified.”

“There are so many young and new people moving to Larimer and Weld counties that we wanted to have a boot camp for the first session,” says James Klett, professor of landscape horticulture, ornamentals and nursery management. “The second one is a little more advanced in the types of topics we’ll cover. They’re for the more seasoned gardeners, but anyone can come.”

The Twilight Garden series is offered annually by CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Larimer County Extension and The Gardens on Spring Creek. Due to construction at the Gardens on Spring Creek, all sessions will be held at the Trial Gardens, across from the University Center for the Arts. The series is an outreach effort that illustrates CSU’s land-grant commitment to public education.

“The function of the trial gardens is research, teaching and outreach, and this is definitely outreach,” notes Klett. “We’re trying to broaden our audience – especially with newer homeowners who are struggling in this area, and let them know that Extension exists and that there’s help out there for them.”

From containers to gardens

The Twilight Garden Series is open to the public. Cost to attend is $10 per session. Registration is available from 5:30-6 p.m. at each event. The program runs from 6-8 p.m. and will be held outside, rain or shine. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.

June 4: Dip your toe into Colorado gardening

At the CSU Trial Gardens, 1401 Remington St., Fort Collins

  • Best lawn on the block
  • Container gardening
  • Resilient perennials

June 18: A deeper dive

At the CSU Trial Gardens, 1401 Remington St., Fort Collins

  • Every drop matters: Waterwise gardening
  • Trees for diversity in your yard
  • Garden myths demystified

For more information about Twilight Garden Series, call (970) 491-8416 or visit the website.