If spring skiing is near, then it’s also time to plan the garden | PostIndependent.com

If spring skiing is near, then it’s also time to plan the garden

Every year, gardening enthusiasts get the jump on spring planning and planting at the Mountain Garden Symposium at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn.

This year’s symposium is Saturday, March 2, and is underwritten by Alpine Bank.

Now in its fourth year, the symposium is a day-long event that brings expert authors and horticulturists to CRMS to talk about both the how-to and the design aspects of gardening in our area.

This year’s symposium will feature Kelly Grummons, owner and chief horticulturist at Timberline Gardens, weekly Denver Post columnist and guest on HGTV; Jim Knopf, landscape architect and author of “Landscaping with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines” and “The Xeriscape Flower Gardener”; Megan Gross, gardening writer and former horticulture/natural resources extension agent; and Julia Marshall, Harvard-educated landscape architect who’s designed for the Aspen Music Festival and Anderson Ranch.

This year’s informative sessions go from the general to the specific, from the basics of how to redesign an existing landscape and the principles of waterwise gardening to the hows and whys of organic methods and an overview of tough new perennials.

The symposium runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preregistration must be received by Feb. 25. The cost in advance is $30 for half day and $50 for full day; at the door it’s $35 for half day and $60 for full day.

Contact CRMS at 963-2562, visit the school’s website at http://www.crms.org (click on “current events”), or e-mail gardens@crms.org for registration information.

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