Garden show’s 86 booths run gamut of backyard beauty; weekend event starts today at Two Rivers

If you plan to skip the summer vacation and instead spend extra time and money to improve your garden this year, the organizers planning the Landscapes West garden show have you in mind.

“Everything is focusing on the backyard this year,” said spokesman Curtis Swift, a Colorado State University Extension agent.

When organizers planned the event, they found people were looking to improve their backyards because they were planning to stay home this summer to save money, Swift said.

The 86 booths at the event will feature products ranging from plants, flowers and shrubs to spas, storage tools, fencing, pavers and patios.

“Some things you’ll find here that you can’t find anywhere else,” Swift said.

Participants include Watermark Spas, Chelsea Nursery and Orchard Mesa Greenhouse.

The show runs today through Sunday at the Two Rivers Convention Center. Hours today are noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Children 12 and under get in free.

The center display at the event will be a backyard playground provided by Sutherlands.

Other attractions for children include a 3 1/2-foot bronze bear statue and water fountains.

Attendees can browse the topics of the weekend’s 13 free seminars at http://western-slopegardening.org. Topics range from dividing iris to cooking with lavender.

Master gardener Carl Hochmuth will present one of the seminars Saturday, focusing on gardening in the 21st century. During his 10 a.m. presentation, he will explore using systems such as raised beds and containers. Hochmuth said the information will be helpful for both novice and expert vegetable gardeners.

Janet Coleman, president of the Grand Valley Rose Society and a consulting member of the American Rose Society, will host a seminar Sunday at 10 a.m., focusing on roses. A consulting rosarian must keep up certification and is similar to a master gardener. There are four in the Grand Valley, Coleman said.

Attendees will learn to choose the appropriate rose type for their yard and pruning techniques for the different types. The Grand Valley Rose Society will have a booth set up at the show with knowledgeable staff ready to talk about roses.


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