Ready, set, plant

ace garden pam and purpleBarbara Lawlor, Peak to Peak. At last. The official mountain garden season begins, the first week of June, beyond the last hard frost, time to pick up those pansies, petunias, and perennials that will instantly brighten your landscape, your deck, your window boxes, those freshly composted beds waiting for their inhabitants.

Wait until Memorial Day, say mountain gardeners, but if you plant before then, have trash bags ready for protection from the sudden spring hailstorm and the June snow.

Nederland’s Ace Hardware set up its green house, filled it with inexpensive bedding plants and displayed brilliant, robust hanging plant arrangements, perfect for your porch eaves.

On Saturday, the Colorado State University Extension set up a table and invited customers to learn more about mountain gardening. Master gardeners, Christy Hoyl and Ginger Baer, greeted people and signed them up for summer classes.

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In the next three months, gardening events will include: Mountain Plant Sale on Saturday, June 4, at the Gilpin Exhibition Barn; Habitat Hero Gardens for the Mountains at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center at 10 a.m. on June 11; Creating a Weed Plan for Mountain Property on Saturday, June 18, 10-12 at the Gilpin Exhibition Barn; Plants and Pollination Walk, Sunday, June 18, 1 p.m. at the Exhibition Barn; Weed ID and Control on July 9, 1-3 p.m. at the Gilpin Exhibition Barn; and Living in the Mountains, Saturday, Aug. 13.

Barbara Lawlor

Barbara is a reporter for The Mountain-Ear.

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