Gardening Information Grows at ProGreen

The annual ProGreen Expo wrapped up a week of activities that included dozens of informative seminars and a trade show targeted to members of the green industry.

It would be difficult to choose a favorite educational session, because all were filled with good information.

I especially enjoyed Mike Bone’s presentation called “A Steppe in the Right Direction.” Mike works at the Denver Botanic Gardens and he showed beautiful slides from his most recent plant hunting expedition to central Asia. It’s amazing how similar the landscape and plants are to Colorado.

I also enjoyed the talk by CSU’s Tony Koski and Alison O’Connor as they busted 7 different myths about turf.

The always entertaining Whitney Cranshaw gave me a few new ideas for planting and gardening in his “Insects or Not” talk.

Joel Reich, a CSU Extension horticulture agent, presented some of the results of his research growing small fruits on the High Plains. Joel described some new breakthroughs in growing June-bearing strawberries, black raspberries, and even blueberries. He also talked about the potential for some interesting new crops like honeyberries and hazel nuts.

On Wednesday afternoon, I had the chance to meet a few fellow Tweeters,  Suzi McCoy of Garden Media Group (left) and Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, of Buglady Consulting. Jocelyn Chilvers also dropped by, but had to fly before the Tweetup got chirping.

Suzi was in town to present at ProGreen and also at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Thursday night as part of the Bonfils-Stanton series. Her talk on “Gardening with a Purpose” explained the results of her company’s garden trends research.

One of my favorite things at the trade show was this topiary I spotted at the Alpha Nursery booth.

The horse and rider were created using a nylon form planted with Sea Green juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Sea Green’).

Of course there was a lot more to see at the trade show.

I got to meet the broker for Hort Couture and talk about new Culinary Couture offerings for this season and loved seeing the new Plant Select introductions.

I plan to write more about what I learned during the ProGreen seminars, so please stay tuned!


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