June 22, 2012
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 Colorado State and other regional organizations.
Twilight Garden Series Gardeners of any ability can learn from professionals during the annual Twilight Garden Series, a series of three, two-hour workshops that emphasize practical information delivered informally on a variety of gardening topics.
Espalier is a technique which combines pruning and grafting to train trees to create two-dimensional forms with branches. The technique grew out of the Middle Ages. Gardeners decorated the interiors of castle walls with these artful creations that took the shape of fans, fences, and candelabra.
The practice is often used with fruit trees, pruning and tying branches to a frame so that they grow into a flat plane. This may be done against a wall. Sunlight heats the wall and extends the growing season so that the fruit has longer to mature.
Tom Throgmorton with Throgmorton Plant Management will present information about the techniques in, "Space-saving espaliers: Pruning fruit trees for small spaces."
Scott Swartzendruber from the Fort Collins Nursery will talk about:
Smaller fruits, such as berries, are anything but "lesser fruits," according to Sue Oberle with the On The Vine Urban Farm and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Oberle is one of the farming partners on a 3+ acre organic farm centrally located in Fort Collins. Their produce is sold through their CSA as well as on the farm.
Oberle's talk, "Big Doin’s with Small Fruit," will cover plants that have high yields but smaller fruit -- for example rhubarb, currants, gooseberries, and chokecherries.
Contact: Tracy Smith-Jones
Phone: (970) 491-0877