The Master Gardeners of Weld County invite the public to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the Weld County Extension Demo Garden. The event will be held on Sunday, July 29 at 1:00 pm. Funded by the Colorado Garden Foundation and the City of Greeley Water and Sewer Department, the garden will be a central location for educational opportunities for community members to ensure successful gardening practices in their own backyards. The demo garden gives Weld County Master Gardeners a space to put their skills to work, and a space where they can learn more about gardening. The garden is in front of the Weld County CSU Extension office, located at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.
From renovation to maintenance, the garden will serve several purposes ranging, from hands-on classes for all ages to demonstrations on a variety of topics. There is also an information kiosk featuring an assortment of gardening pamphlets. The garden showcases water-wise plants, selected for their drought-resistant qualities, which align with the local climate and soil conditions. Plants were selected specifically for Colorado and recommended by Colorado State University for Weld County and this climate zone, demonstrating the need to use the right plants in the right places. Ultimately, the demo garden will beautify the Weld County Extension Office, and increase visibility and awareness of the free gardening programs available to the community and visitors to the fairgrounds.
There are two beds: One features the “Garden in a Box” program, which is designed for the novice gardener or anyone hoping to avoid the hassle of designing a garden from scratch. “Garden in a Box” is a professionally designed do-it-yourself xeric (low water) perennial flower or vegetable kit. This bed, near the extension office, displays five “Garden in a Box” options, including Purple Reign, Butterfly Bounty and Colorado Native Plants.
The layout of the other bed was planned by the Weld County Master Gardeners design team. There are shade plants and sun plants, plants that will bloom and overlap in all the seasons, plants that are Xeric and water-wise, plants that match a color scheme in each section and blend in with the next section, and plants that are available for sale locally. There are nearly 90 different plant species in the garden, and almost 1000 total plants.,
Please join the Weld County Master Gardeners to celebrate the Weld County Extension Demo Garden at Island Grove Regional Park! The Grand Opening ceremony begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 29th.
For questions regarding your garden, turf or trees, or the Opening Ceremony, please give us a call at 970-400-2066. A Weld County Master Gardener will return your call as soon as possible.
Article by Cathy Kellogg – Apprentice – Weld County Master Gardener