If you know that you are going to be planting a tree, you may want to work the soil as soon as it is dry enough, then cover it with a tarp if rain is forecast near the planting date, Upham says.
11 a.m., “Starting Seeds Under Lights: Confessions of a Seedaholic,” by master gardener Charlene Schneider; noon, “Water-Wise Landscape Techniques,” by extension agent Bob Neier; 1 p.m., “Saving Water by Using a Rain Barrel,” by Peter Daniels of Wichita Rain Barrels; 2 p.m., “Exciting New Annual Flowers,” by Rita Arnold of Arnold’s Greenhouse; 3 p.m., “Exciting New Perennial Flowers,” by Rita Arnold of Arnold’s Greenhouse; 4 p.m., “Trash to Treasure for Unique Planters,” by Larry Rogers of Stone Creek Nursery; 5 p.m., “Annuals for Color,” by Dan Parcel of Kaw Valley Greenhouses; 6 p.m., “Growing and Using Chiles,” by Johnson’s Garden Centers.
Noon, “Container Gardening,” by master gardener Peggy Griffith; 1 p.m., “Saving Water in the Landscape – It’s Easier Than You Think,” by Kay Drennen, environmental water specialist for the city of Wichita; 2 p.m., “Growing Great Roses,” by Don Suderman, Cindy Vadakin and Diana Jones of the Wichita Rose Society; 3 p.m., “Critters of the Great Plains,” by Joyce Lent and Patty Marlett of Great Plains Nature Center.
The Hutchinson Horticulture Club sponsors the Gathering of Gardeners at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 407 E. 12th St. just west of the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and you can come and go as you wish to the talks. Here’s the schedule:
9 a.m., Compost Happens, by James Taylor, retired instructor at Hutchinson Community College; 10 a.m., Plants That Need Less Water, by Scott Vogt, director of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston; 11 a.m., Top 40 Prairie Star Annuals for Color, by Alan Stevens of K-State; 1 p.m., Most Common Plant Problems, by Ward Upham of K-State; 2 p.m., Container Gardens – Succulents, Flowers and More, by Ben Miller of Stutzmans Greenhouse; and 3 p.m., Curb Appeal – Landscaping Your Front Yard, by extension agent Bob Neier.
The artists: Paul Friesen, primitive pit-fired pottery; Gail Lutsch, Stephen Perry and Bob Regier, printmaking; Matthew Richter, painting; Jim Griggs and Mark Feiden, photography; Bill McBride and Steve Murillo, sculpture; Conrad Snider and Terry Corbett, ceramics; and Lorna Harder, botanical illustration.
There will also be an opening of a pit-firing by Paul Friesen and painting demonstrations throughout the day by Cher Olsen, Matthew Richter and Joe Loganbill.
The cost is $45, $35 for arboretum members, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Seating is limited. Register early by calling 620-327-8127 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to the website dyckarboretum.org.