Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Giving THANKS to more of our sponsors

Applewood Seed Co.  Provider of the best wildflower seeds, garden flower seeds, grass seeds, and herb seeds, to packet seed companies, regional and national distributors, landscapers, highway departments, and conservation programs since 1965.

The Gardening Products Review   Honest, unbiased reviews of a wide range of products used in the home garden. From hand tools to outdoor power equipment, if it's used in the garden, you'll find it reviewed right here!

Paw Paw Everlast Label Co.   The original metal garden label manufacturer. Made in the U.S.A with 99.6% zinc for the longest-lasting nameplates and stakes made of quality galvanized wire; weather resistant to retain legibility and presentation year after year.

Esschert Design:   Specializing in developing collections related to gardening and nature,  creating leading concepts in the industry focused at wild birds and animals, outdoor fireplaces, kids gardening and working in the garden. All products are designed and developed in-house.

Hang-a-Pot  The hidden flower pot hanger! Makes vertical gardening easy. Securely hangs 4 to 10-inch clay, terracotta, and glazed pots with a standard lip and shape. Made of durable polypropylene that is UV protected and won't get brittle. 

Tagawa Gardens  Denver area's garden store and so much more! Since 1982, Tagawa Gardens' vision has been "To provide an enjoyable experience for our community, as well as the highest quality service, products, and education, and respect for our environment".

Garden sneak: Enjoy a few pretty pics from Keith Funk's garden

Friday, May 10, 2019

Full Itinerary

Only 5 weeks 'til the Fling!! 
There's still room for a few more, and there is 
lots of fun to be had!

Thursday, June 13. 

3:30pm to 4:30pm: Stop by our table in the Hyatt hotel lobby to pick up your ID badge and get your swag bag. Wear your badge every day; it is your ticket to board the bus.
If you miss the pick-up window, contact Laura or Leigh at the reception and we'll find a time after the reception to get you your things.

                     Welcome Reception

At 5:30 PM we'll board the buses at the Hyatt hotel and depart promptly at 5:40 
 for a short ride to the GrowHaus, a non-profit, indoor farm, marketplace, and educational center where we'll have dinner, welcome past flingers, and introduce first-time flingers, as well as next year’s hosts. 

We'll also raffle off a few items here that can be used on the tours!

Friday, June 14, 2019, tours in Loveland and Fort Collins

We start off our tour in Loveland at The High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), a 76-acre living laboratory and urban environmental park. The director, Jim Tolstrup, who is a registered attendee, will be joining us to answer any questions. Their nursery, where they grow native plants from seed, will be well stocked and we'll have some time to shop.

Then we arrive at The Gardens on Spring Creek, an 18-acre world-class botanic garden grounded in community, education, and sustainability. We'll take the group photo upon arrival. Gardens include: A children’s garden, food garden, rock garden, sustainable backyard garden, xeric garden, demonstration garden, an outdoor music venue, an outdoor kitchen, and Lauren Springer Ogden’s “Undaunted Garden”. Lauren will be joining us! 
We’ll tour the gardens and have lunch in their outdoor kitchen.

After lunch we visit two private gardens. Janice deVore’s garden is canopied with tall, mature pines and dotted with several crevice gardens and trough gardens. Jan hand-made the troughs and is also a painter. Her property contains a large collection of plant material and many hidden gems. 

 At Carol and Randy Shinn’s garden we will see several distinct crevice gardens along with a water feature with wildlife in mind, and a vegetable garden. 

The buses will be divided between deVore and Shinn, and both have graciously agreed that we can serve wine and cheese there, before our drive back to the hotel!

Dinner this night is on your own.

Saturday, June 15, 2019, tours in Boulder and Niwot

On our way up to Boulder, we’ll actually start the day in Broomfield, just north of Denver  at Botanical Interests seed company warehouse, where we’ll take a short tour of the facility. You’ll learn how seeds get from the grower to the packet and see the machinery involved in weighing and packing. 

The rest of the day is filled with private gardens! Jean Morgan packs a lot of mostly native plants (no lawn) into her small space which is a pollinator haven. The next house called Red Renaissance features indigenous plants to attract butterflies and create a pollination haven for bees including low water plants specifically selected to provide food, shelter, and interest for local and migrating birds. 

In downtown Boulder we visit Linda Boley and her “botanical zoo” with flowering rock gardens and a sanctuary for wildlife. In her garden, you’ll see some colorful ornamentals and lots of little crevices and homes for birds and bees.

Lunch will be at the very special,    Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder,        which was built by hand in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a gift to their sister city, Boulder. Colorful and cultural d├ęcor includes lots of indoor greenery, and beautifully sculpted pillars throughout.  

Tatiana Maxwell’s garden is an "urban oasis" with 600-ton stone walls, a pond and waterfall, flowers, vegetables, fruit trees, and grape arbor.

Then we’ll head over to Niwot outside of Boulder to visit Scott Deemer’s home, where he has cultivated a garden that is the epitome of Colorado – very Alpine-inspired with lots of evergreen trees and rock gardens.

River willow stump carving of Chief Niwot

Side note: In case you are wondering about the unusual name, Niwot. It is an Arapahoe word meaning “left hand(ed)”. Chief Niwot and his tribe lived in the area over 100 years ago.  

Next, over to Mary and Larry Scripter’s garden, designed by Lauren Springer Ogden. The garden mimics the surrounding landscape and backs up to a huge open space, blending into a prairie meadow, including many various species of native grasses.

Seaborn back yard

We’ll end the day at Judy Seaborn’s home garden for appetizers and wine under her giant willow tree, while touring her 1-acre garden of perennials and dozens of vegetable garden beds. 

There will also be a raffle drawing at her house! 

Dinner (if you didn’t fill up on the apps!) will be on your own this night.

Sunday, June 16, 2019, Denver

The Denver day of the Fling is jam-packed with high-profile, who’s who of Colorado gardeners that we are so excited to share with you.

Rob Proctor is a gardening expert and author with a weekly gardening segment, Proctor's Garden, on Denver’s local channel 9 news. His expansive backyard is filled to the brim with gorgeous ornamentals, both annuals and perennials, in a beautiful, English-garden style.

The Hamling garden, designed by 
Ivy Street Design Landscape and Architecture, combines formal architecture with billowing plantings including a significant number of natives, a pond, and an outdoor dining area. 

We’ll be touring both gardens of Jim Borland and Keith Funk, the co-hosts of local radio show Ask the Garden Pros for 25 years. Jim Borland’s garden is an impressive Colorado native xeriscape, which he proudly states he “hasn’t watered in years”. The Funk garden will be in the afternoon.

Sculpture at DBG

We’ll have lunch at the Denver Botanic Gardens 
in their Annuals Garden and Pavilion surrounded by an abundance of stunning flowers of North America. 
We'll have plenty of time to tour the wide range of gardens and collections on 24 acres that illustrate a diversity of plants from all corners of the world. 

After lunch, it’s off to Panayoti Kelaidis’ home garden in north Denver, which is a mix of cottage, alpine, desert, and veggie! Panayoti is the Director of Outreach for the Denver Botanic Gardens, and a traveled lecturer and a spokesman for the regional Green Industry.

Dan Johnson is the Curator of Native Plants and Associate Director of Horticulture at the Denver Botanic Gardens since 1996. His garden delights with xeric and native plants, cacti and succulents, conifers, annuals, perennials, temperate trees and shrubs, tropicals from the traditional to the rare, and up-cycled artifacts “just for fun”.   

On to Keith Funk's home; Keith is also a horticulture specialist whose garden is full of gorgeous ornamentals and evergreens.

Historic home at Chatfield

The Denver Garden Blogger’s Fling wraps up in style with a 
bar-b-que dinner with music and dancing at Chatfield Farms, an extension of Denver Botanic Gardens. Chatfield is a 700-acre plant refuge and working farm. There will be plenty of time to walk the gardens of Chatfield.

If you plan to stay for a couple of extra days, check out the private tour of Pat Hayward's garden AM tour in Fort Collins on Monday, June 17. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

More of our sponsors, and a cool Niwot garden!

THANK YOU Sponsors; you're the best!

Fort Collins Nursery Year-round, locally owned, Colorado garden center with the region's best selection of quality plants and gardening supplies since 1932.

Potted "Indoor style for outdoor living" featuring planters, firepits, outdoor furniture, garden decor, sculptures, lighting, and more!

Timber Press  Sharing the wonders of the natural world by publishing books from experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history.

Teak Closeouts  Your online, teak furniture discount store, offering benches, tables, patio sets, functional art and accessories and more; 100% genuine teak from Indonesia.


Watch next week's post for the full itinerary!


Fling teaser

This garden was created by the homeowner who owns a landscape architecture, design, and installation business called Outdoor Craftsmen.

Here is the overseer; making sure everything is trimmed and tidy for us

Lots of stones and stonework in this landscape; used as retaining walls to divide the sloping property into different levels

The back pond-style pool is too gorgeous and inviting!

Veggies too, right next to Colorado spruce

This is truly a "crafted" landscape. Crafted, but with the natural feeling.

I'm not sure, but my guess is that this is one awesome outdoor fireplace.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

More Sponsors and a garden preview

Sponsors make the Fling go 'round

GrowIt!  Garden socially for free! Whether you want to show off your plants, or find something that will work in your garden, there's something for every type of gardener.

Garden Tower Project  Vertical garden and composting system that transforms gardening; we're committed to socially-responsible practices at every level.

Bluestone Perennials 
Family-owned and operated nursery in Madison, OH, growing and shipping our own plants nationwide from 5 acres of greenhouses, 
since 1972.

Read Dramm's article, Senior Gardening Made Easy

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2019 Fling Garden Snippets

A lovely cottage with a most welcoming entry. Every bit of this yard has plants that welcome and feed beneficial insects.

It's deemed a Backyard Habitat by the Nature Conservancy

A Habitat Hero garden, certified by Audubon

A Colorado Native Plant Society Gold Garden

Plenty of pollen, nectar, habitat and water for all the flying and crawling visitors here!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Denver Airport Transportation and Downtown Dining Options

Transportation options from the Airport to the Hyatt

1. Denver Airport Rail. AKA The A-Line. $10.50. Gets you to Union Station in about 37 minutes. From Union Station, take the FREE Mallride: [on the 2nd page you will see a map, and the Hyatt Convention Center is #25.] Get off the Mallride at California St. and walk one block to the hotel.

2. RTD. $3.00. You do have a 25 minute walk from the terminal to the station right outside the terminal. RTD also takes you to Union Station where you catch the Mallride.

3. Super Shuttle.  About $30, but you can share a ride and it will be less. Also, it takes you right to the hotel.

4. Taxi. About $56.

5. Uber.  About $36

You can also check out Ride Guru.

Where to Eat Near the Hyatt Hotel

Within the Hyatt is Former Saint Craft Kitchen and Taps. serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast starts at 6AM with either menu items individually priced, or a buffet for $20. There is also a 24-hour, convenience, take-out place called Perks Coffee and More, serving Starbucks coffee, snacks, and ready-made sandwiches.

The Hyatt address is 650 15th St, so anything on the 16th St. Mall with a number address of 500-700 will be within 2 blocks of the hotel.

ink! Coffee Sage. 618 16th St Mall. Area chain serving gourmet coffee, sandwiches & sweets in hip, buzzy quarters, plus sidewalk seats.

Hard Rock Cafe: 500 16th St Mall. Rock ’n’ roll-themed chain with a high-energy vibe serving burgers & American classics.

Otra Vez Cantina: 610 16th St Mall. Upscale-casual Mexican eatery serving tacos, mole & more, with a bar showcasing agave spirits.

Jason's Deli: 702 16th St Mall. Deli chain featuring piled-high sandwiches, a salad bar & health-conscious fare.

Henry's Tavern. 500 16th St Mall. Sports Bar/Ale House with a varied menu.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. 707 15th St. Outpost of upmarket steakhouse chain known for sizzling, butter-topped beef in an elegant setting.

Starbucks: 700 16th St Mall.

You can find many other restaurants here. There are a ton of them. Keep in mind the FREE Mallride that goes up and down 16th.

Fling-Provided Meals

For those who specified that they have dietary restrictions: Each meal provided on the tour will have a gluten-free option, and a vegan (which covers vegetarian and dairy free) option.