Broomfield Garden Fair To Focus on Habitats for Wildlife and People

February 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

The word “convenient” is not often associated with the word “gardening”, and I should know.  It takes Butterfly Pavilion staff and volunteers about 150 hours a week to maintain our indoor and outdoor plant collections, not to mention the blood, sweat and tears involved.  So, when there’s a convenient opportunity to get all your gardening questions answered and get lots of great landscaping ideas in the process, I just have to pass it along.  The Broomfield Open Space Foundation, Broomfield Master Gardeners, Butterfly Pavilion, City and County of Broomfield and Denver Botanic Gardens will be holding a Broomfield Garden Fair on Saturday, March 2nd.

The Broomfield Garden Fair will run from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Lakeshore Room of the Broomfield Community Center (280 Lamar Street, Broomfield).  This year, the fair’s theme is “Habitats for Wildlife and People”, highlighting the ways in which gardens can make a landscape more livable, more sustainable and more beautiful.   Each of the educational displays, ranging in topic from “Annuals and Perennials” to “Xeriscaping”, will be staffed by a Broomfield Master Gardener who can recommend the best choices and techniques for local gardens, as well as the wildlife benefits of each.  Local vendors such as Wild Birds Unlimited and Natural Lawns of America will be there to offer their expertise.  Organizations such as Butterfly Pavilion and Broomfield Wildlife Masters will also be on hand to help with those “unwanted” wildlife issues.

The event includes a full roster of educational speakers who will present their talks in a workshop setting.  At 9:30 am, Jini Bates from Bloomin’ Landscapes will discuss the fundamentals of appealing gardens in “Landscape Design Basics”.  Amy Yarger from Butterfly Pavilion will then apply those design lessons to a variety of wildlife habitats in “Designing for Wildlife” at 10:30 am, and Sonya Anderson from Denver Botanic Gardens will show gardeners how to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds in “Planting for Pollinators” at 11:00 am.

This event is an exciting way to prepare for the spring gardening season and learn something new.  Gardening still won’t be convenient, but it may be more satisfying once you’re armed with all this new expertise.

To learn more, please visit: http://www.broomfield.org/news/newsdetail.asp?ArticleID=1375

Amy Yarger, Horticulture Director

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