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Save-a-Tree- It’s Not Just For Trees! (Jul 3, 2014)
Can you “cure” a sick tree by improving the soil? It seemed like a far-fetched idea 20 years ago when Jos Zamzow started giving customers at his Boise, Idaho nursery a brown liquid organic fertilizer in used two-liter soda bottles. The product was so … Continue reading

Create Your Own Tropical Paradise (Jul 2, 2014)
Living in Idaho can seem a long way from the tropics, especially during our long, cold winters. But why not bring a bit of the tropics to your patio for the summer. Colorful tropical vines, like the Mandevilla (above) or bougainvillea, … Continue reading

Dwarf Conifers (Jun 28, 2014)
When we first got into the garden center business over 50 years ago, our top three selling shrubs were Tam Juniper, Pfitzer Juniper, and Mugo Pine. Throughout the 60′s and 70′s  thousands of junipers and mugos were planted throughout east … Continue reading

Early Broccoli (Jun 28, 2014)
Broccoli is a crop that is easy to grow, but difficult to keep free of damaging insects- the cabbage looper caterpillar in particular. Someone told me that if you plant early enough, and harvest early enough, you won’t have worms. The theory … Continue reading

Horticultural Trip to China (Jun 21, 2014)
On May 18th this year I started out on the trip of a lifetime. I flew out of Idaho Falls to Beijing China on a trip with about 25 others to visit horticulture universities, research facilities and businesses in China. … Continue reading

My New Favorite Weeding Tool (Jun 7, 2014)
Sometimes simple is better. In fact most of the time simple is better. And it couldn’t be more true than when it comes to gardening tools. A number of years ago a friend of mine told me that she had … Continue reading

2014 Seminars

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Classes are held on Saturdays at Town & Country Gardens (both stores unless indicated). Bring a friend! Cost is $3.00 per person per class or $2.00 per person if you bring a friend.

  Jan 01 10:00 AM All classes subject to change without notice.
Idaho Falls Only Jun 07 9:00 AM Perennials with Pow
Learn how to create an ever changing perennial garden with colorful surprises all season long, year after year. Exciting new trends and varieties for sun and for shade will be shown and discussed.
Idaho Falls Only Jun 14 10:00 AM Fruits for Small Spaces
Want a fruit tree or two, but just dont have the room? Learn how to train fruit trees on a fence, or plant two trees in one hole for double the fun, or plant a miniature tree in a pot on the patio. We will also discuss dwarf hardy cherry trees, blueberries, and brazzelberries- bush raspberries you can grow in containers.
Idaho Falls Only Jun 21 10:00 AM Summer Lawn Care
The heat of summer can be a stressful time for your lawn. Learn what you can do, and when, to keep your lawn looking great all summer long. Feeding, watering, weed and pest control will all be addressed.
Idaho Falls Only Jul 26 10:00 AM Preserving your Harvest
Preserve your harvest and enjoy the fruits of your labor for months to come. Learn about drying, freezing, and root cellar storage of fruits and vegetables. Demonstrations and samples of fresh salsa, veggie juice.
Idaho Falls Only Aug 23 10:00 AM Seed Saving and Storage
Seed saving can be a rewarding and cost saving way to garden, and a way to ensure a continuous supply of seed in times of disaster& but beware of the pitfalls.
Idaho Falls Only Sep 27 10:00 AM Winterizing your Yard
Learn how to protect your tender roses, fruits, trees, shrubs, and flowers from harsh winter weather. Fall lawn care will also be addressed.

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