By Cynthia Bee, Conservation Garden Park
While we’re all happy about the positive impact this wet winter will have on our water supply, it doesn’t make it any easier to endure the cold temperatures and lack of green. It may be hard to imagine now, but it will soon be time to start early season gardening activities.
Depending on accessibility and temperatures, some landscape tasks can be started in mid to late February. Early season tasks include things like clean up, pruning, cutting back ornamental grasses, starting seeds, mulching and applying a pre-emergent herbicide. It’s also a great time to make design plans and complete research for projects and improvements you’ll undertake later in the season. Some of these tasks are simple while others require a bit more knowledge.
Fortunately, there are a wide variety of gardening classes offered around the state where you can learn these skills. Many locations are beginning their class season in February, so you’re right on time. Whether you live along the Wasatch Front, Central or Southern Utah, there are sure to be classes in your area. Below is a list of resources where you can learn how to create, install and/or manage a fabulous Utah garden & landscape:
Ogden Botanic Center- USU Extension
1750 Monroe Boulevard, Ogden, Utah
The Weber Basin Learning Garden
2837 East Highway 193, Layton, Utah
Utah State University Botanical Center
725 South Sego Lily Drive, Kaysville, Utah
Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum
300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah
Conservation Garden Park
8275 South 1300 West, West Jordan, Utah
Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point
3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Utah
Central Utah Gardens
355 West University Parkway, Orem, Utah
Red Hills Desert Garden
Classes held at the Washington County Water Conservancy District offices
533 E. Waterworks Dr.
St. George, Utah
In addition to offerings at the above locations, Utah State University Extension offers the Master Gardener class series throughout the state. Master Gardener Classes are an intensive overview of all aspects of gardening and require learners to use their newfound knowledge to perform community service hours in order to graduate. To find opportunities to participate in this program in your area, visit http://extension.usu.edu/yardandgarden/master-gardeners