By Kiali Orlowski | PUBLISHED: September 19, 2019 at 12:11 am | UPDATED: September 19, 2019 at 12:11 am 1. Green Thumb Nursery 23782 Bridger Road, Lake Forest; 949-837-3040; greenthumb.com Strolling through the aisles at Green Thumb Nursery’s Lake Forest store can feel like a welcome escape, one filled with emerald leaves and fragrant blooms. For large-scale projects, the store’s landscape design service can be a decisive go-ahead. Shoppers who meet the purchase minimum for the program can sit down with one of two designers: One employee has more than 30 years of experience in professional landscape design, and the other has over 10 years’ experience, according to James Parr, Green Thumb Nursery’s online marketing manager.After one of the experts has created a design based on the customer’s goals, it’s time to look at plant options, Parr said. The company does not offer installation but provides referrals for landscape installers. Green Thumb … [Read more...] about Best of Orange County 2019: Best garden center/nursery
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Spring is in the air in the Pikes Peak region, and gardening and related classes and events are sprouting all over.We’ve singled out a few coming to the Colorado Springs area and beyond. Check with your favorite gardening center to see when new classes are scheduled.Now dust off your gardening tools and gloves. It’s nearly time to dig in.• 1-2 p.m., Saturday, March 30, Monsters in the Garden: Growing Giant Pumpkins, Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs. Cost: $5. RSVP required at goo.gl/7CJag7. From the description: “Join Andrew Cronk as he goes over the basics of how to grow impressive sized pumpkins that are sure to impress the neighbors! From when to get started, to the tips for successful production, it’s an awesome experience for gardeners of any skill level!” Arts & Entertainment Sole female magician describes life on the road with 'The Illusionists - Live from Broadway' Michelle Karas • 9-11 a.m. … [Read more...] about Spring gardening classes popping up in Pikes Peak region
Growing your food is its own reward, but it’s fun to win stuff, too.Colorado Springs gardening enthusiast Larry Stebbins is launching a contest to get more backyard gardens started in 2019. At least 100 more.Stebbins, who kick-started the community garden craze in the Pikes Peak region, now proposes a 100 Garden Challenge.“It’s a push to get 100 more gardens started in the area,” said Stebbins, who jokes that he’s retired “for a second time” — from his first career as an educator and then as director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.He taught chemistry at Aurora Central High School for 18 years before becoming assistant principal at Russell Middle School, principal at Carver Elementary and assistant principal at Air Academy High School. After 35 years in education, he retired and turned to community gardens. Stebbins founded the nonprofit Pikes Peak Urban Gardens 12 years ago and helped build 12 community gardens in the region. Although he … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs garden guru kicks off ‘100 Garden Challenge’
We are fortunate to have incredible musicians perform in Colorado Springs, sometimes year after year, so close we can just swing by after work. Case in point: The legendary, oh-so-talented and a joy-to-hear-live crooner Lyle Lovett returns to the Pikes Peak Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday, performing an acoustic set with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Hiatt. Lovett also came here last February, that time with Texas A&M buddy Robert Earl Keen for a guitar-pull concert of storytelling and music. I expect the same sort of laid-back intimate, delightful show with Hiatt, whose 1987 hit “Have a Little Faith in Me” may ring a bell. Tickets start at $39.50, PikesPeakCenter.com 18 things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: Bighorn Sheep Day, Cripple Creek Ice Festival, huge garden show, coffee-cocktail duel Pikes Pick: A Little Black Dress for a big cause … [Read more...] about Pikes Pick: The ever-lyrical Lyle Lovett returns to Colorado Springs. Lucky us.
What do you like best about fresh tomatoes? A bright, citrusy taste? Earthiness? More sweet than tart?There are thousands of tomato varieties, and many seed companies carry 70 or more. How do you choose the right seeds for your vegetable garden?Your tastes are a big part of it. Other factors are experience, variety and brand. Also, consider science. Knowing the length of the growing season, what grows best in your soil, climate zones and the timing of the first and last frosts are other determining factors.It’s a lot to keep in mind, but help is available. Keep on watering through winter to keep trees, shrubs and grass from dehydratingMarc Short, who with his wife cultivates the Double M Farm in Falcon, has been teaching a free seed-selection class at High Prairie Library for five years (see box). Short has raised vegetables in El Paso County since 1965. He has knowledge and experience to share far beyond the two-hour class, but it’s a start.The seeds you choose are … [Read more...] about Going to seed: Knowing what you like, length of growing season key to choosing garden seeds