CULTIVATION, PROPAGATION AND GARDENING COME ALIVE IN CLARK COUNTY
Serious gardeners or professional florists need to stay in touch with the tried and true mechanics of growing flowers and gardening while also being aware of new discoveries that bring out the best in your flowers, shrubs, gardens and trees.
Consider taking a class or classes in selecting, propagating, growing and arranging flowers. See how floral arrangements can be made throughout the year. Discover what styles, tools and containers are best suited for your ideas; what arrangement styles are “hot” now!
The professional arranger and hobbyist arranger can learn the methods of Ikebana, creating an English garden and high style. How about creating arrangements for weddings, table and holiday flowers, wreaths and swags?
Our local area does its best growing with specific varieties of annuals, perennials, bulbs and wood cuts. Do you know which ones they are? Once your flowers are blooming, do you know how to keep them in the best condition, how to cut them and how to store them?
Learn how to trim excess branches and leaves for healthy trees and shrubs. Fruit trees, ornamental and native shrubs can be shaped to beautify your yard or garden.
I asked one of our expert gardening instructors, Thom McConathy, to share one piece of advice to apply to our springtime flowers, shrubs or trees – and here is what he gave us:
Fruit trees are starting to bloom now and it is important to treat with Copper sulfate to combat the bacterial diseases that are affecting blossoms and spurs when buds are fat and have not yet opened. If you have more than one fruit tree, this will call for multiple sprays as they don't bloom all at once. If you are using the powdered Copper sulfate, remember to first fill the sprayer with water, and then the spreader sticker and then the powdered copper sulfate or the powdered copper will not mix with the water. If you are using the powdered CS, mix in small batches and use up and clean the sprayer with each session but if you are using the liquid CS you can mix in larger batches and just let the sprayer sit partly full between sprayings. There are biological alternatives to copper sulfate but they call for a year-round spray program using a benign form of the Pseudomonas bacterium.
To get more answers and ideas for year round gardening, consider one of the following spring classes:
A Year of Cut Flowers, Part I
Growing the “Cutting” Garden, Part II
Flower Arranging, Part III
Cut Flower Gardening Trio