Utah State University Salt Lake County Extension 2013 Horticulture Spotlight Lecture Series
All lectures from 6:30 - 7:30pm.
Lectures are free but please register:
Monday, September 30—“Extending the Vegetable Growing Season" How do you keep your tasty home-grown vegetables producing beyond the short summer months? The objective of this presentation is to discuss methods that realistically allow prolonging your nutritious harvest. Presenter: Britney Hunter, Horticulture Assistant Professor, USU Extension. Ms Hunter assists homeowners, retail nursery people, pesticide applicators and landscapers find answers to their horticulture questions. Britney’s expertise lies in extending the growing season. Her graduate research involved cold temperature protection for vegetable crops grown in high tunnels to achieve out-of-season production. This class will focus on scheduling, growing techniques, and structures that can be used to extend the season for growing vegetables in the home garden.
Monday, April 29—“From Seed to Street”. The urban forest includes the trees that provide shade for our playgrounds, work place and our neighborhoods. This presentation addresses the life cycle of an urban tree and the challenges a tree encounters throughout this process. Presenter: Meridith Perkins, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Utah Division of Forestry Fire & State Lands. Ms Perkins works with a diverse group ranging from municipal foresters and professional arborists to non-profits, government agencies, and concerned citizens. She will discuss how these different entities work together in managing the urban forests where we live, work and play.
Monday, May 20—“Managing Honeybees”. European honey bees (Apis mellifera) are extremely important pollinators to our gardens, orchards and farms. Humans have enjoyed a close relationship with this insect since earliest recorded history. The delight of learning more about some of nature’s most important and hardest workers awaits you. Presenter: James Barnhill, Utah State University Extension Agriculture Agent, Weber and Morgan Counties. Mr. Barnhill’s area of focus lies in sustainable crop production. He finds that honey bees are fascinating in their social organization and the valuable resources that they produce. He will discuss the rewarding hobby of beekeeping, bee biology and the methods used to manage the efforts of this amazing insect.
June 24—“Creating a Native Pollinator Garden”. Pollinators make a critical contribution to worldwide food production. One in three mouthfuls of our food and drink require the presence of a pollinator. Bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, hummingbirds, some bats and beetles pollinate more than 70 percent of flowering plants. Unfortunately, North America’s native pollinators face multiple threats to their health and habitat. This presentation is a guide for restoring native pollinator communities that are beautiful and naturally diverse. Presenter: Katie Wagner, Horticulture Assistant Professor, USU Extension. Ms Wagner is interested in protecting these valuable pollinators from pesticides while maintaining healthy community nesting habitat and enhancing their floral-rich foraging sources. She will teach how creating a native pollinator garden can help to ensure production of our locally grown, nutritious food.
July 29—“Waterwise Landscape Design for Homeowners”. The scarcity of water and Utah’s harsh climate present special landscaping challenges. There is a need to re-focus on plants that can thrive under such environmental conditions while sustaining beauty in our landscapes. Join us and learn how to create a functional landscape design for new or existing landscapes that is both lush and waterwise. We’ll review the elements of good design, plant selection basics, the order of implementation and maintenance concepts for landscape construction. This class is geared to the do-it-yourself homeowner who wants to manage their own landscape design. Presenter: Cynthia Bee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Utah State University. She works in Conservation Programs at Jordan Valley Conservation Garden Park helping homeowners create Utah-friendly landscapes.
Monday, August 26—“Applied Botany: The Whys of Gardening’s Best Practices” How do you answer the many questions that arise while managing a landscape?—Is tilling recommended? What are the proper pruning techniques? Why do leaves change colors? Can fruit size be increased? Understanding plant growth habits can take the guesswork out of common gardening dilemmas and demystify techniques for successful gardening. Join us to learn basic plant anatomy and physiology that will help arm you with the know-how to keep your gardens healthy and productive. Presenter: Michelle Cook, Greenhouse Coordinator for Red Butte Garden. Ms Cook grows many of the plants for the indoor and outdoor displays at the garden and their annual plant sale. A horticulturist from Utah State University, Ms Cook has taught and lectured on a variety of subjects, including the more in-depth version of “Botany for Gardeners”.