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Gardener’s almanac (Jan. 19)

  • Published Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 7:25 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at 10:36 a.m.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed admission price and registration information for the Designing Themed Gardens item

Talk on new plants for 2013 – Mike DeRee, Kansas sales representative for Ball Horticultural Co., will be at the next meeting of the Wichita Organic Garden Club to talk about what’s new for 2013. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday and is free and open to the public.

Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers Workshop – Helping beginning and experienced vegetable growers sell their produce is the aim of the fourth annual Central Kansas Market Vegetable Growers Workshop, Feb. 16 at the Extension Education Center in Wichita. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is sponsored by Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey and Reno County Extension. It is meant to give growers skills to improve production methods and marketing skills and will cover basic vegetable and fruit production with an emphasis on fruit production this year. Topics will include apple production, peach production, an update on tomato grafting research, winter gardening, post-harvest care of produce and a K-State research update.

Speakers will include Frank Gieringer of Gieringer’s Orchard, talking about success on a diverse fruit and vegetable farm; Jared Beckner of Beckner’s Orchard, on peach production; and Rex Rees of Rees Fruit Farm and Mike Gehrhardt of Pome on the Range Orchard, speaking on apple production. A panel of new and experienced growers will talk about their experiences with different marketing methods.

The cost will be $20 before Feb. 8 and $25 after. The registration deadline is Feb. 14. Register online at 2013ckmvgw.eventbrite.com or by calling 316-660-0100.

Botanica hours – Botanica will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Terrarium demo – Patty Daniel will be at Botanica on Wednesday to demonstrate how to build a terrarium using miniature plants. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission. Truffles will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $7.

Designing Themed Gardens – Laura Pham, a horticulturist at Botanica, will show how to design themed gardens such as American Colonial, Zen Moon and Butterfly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Botanica. The session is $15 and open to the public, and attendees are asked to bring an 8 1/2-by-11-inch color photograph of the space they would like to redesign. Registration is required; call the parks and recreation department at 316-268-4361.

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