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, grab-n-go place called Perks Coffee and More (name change to Assembly Hall Market & Bar in early June), serving Starbucks coffee, snacks, breakfast items, 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.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Denver Fling sponsor J. Berry, plus a conifer garden on tour

Meet a top-level, first-time sponsor

J. Berry - Discovering & Delivering Great Plants

J. Berry is the owner and introducer of the exciting consumer plant brands including Black Diamond® and Emerald Empire® Crapemyrtles, Déjà Bloom® Azaleas, the tropical Hollywood™ Hibiscus collection, Summer Spice™ Hardy Hibiscus and Crown Jewel™ Begonias. J. Berry Nursery was founded in 2006 by father and son, Jim and Jonathan Berry. Over the past 13 years, J. Berry has expanded by leaps and bounds. In addition to the finished wholesale nursery business, the company now includes a new Young Plants and a new Genetics Division.  All divisions are focused on bringing innovation to the market and providing infinite possibilities to consumers via superior packaging and marketing of plants that exceed performance expectations. The company's unique multi-pronged position as a breeder, nursery, and small plant producer, ensures that only top quality plants join the J. Berry product offerings.

J. Berry Nursery-

Black Diamond Crapemyrtles-

Deja Bloom Azaleas-

Hollywood Hibiscus-

Highlights for 2019!

Hollywood Hibiscus, World Famous For…

· Exceptional bud & bloom counts
· Multi-day lasting blooms
· Bacterial leaf spot & white fly resistance
· Naturally compact growth habits
· Proven performance for growers, retailers & gardeners

Crown Jewel Begonias
· Heat & drought tolerant
· Perfect for quarts, 6” 9” & combination planters
· No inclination for disease or insect issues
· Ground-breaking color palette
· Colorful foliage lights up partially shaded locations
· Exceptional versatility, works well in landscapes, container gardens, hanging baskets and as a houseplant

Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus
· A multi-award winning collection!
· Breakthrough flower colors in breeding
· Combination garden friendly
· 3’H x3’W
· Zone 5 Hardy

Please contact Tamara Risken, Marketing & Licensing Director for Additional Information

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2019 Garden preview

This yard started out as a 3/4 acre wasteland of dead grass and one Aspen tree, 
over 3 decades ago. 

The owner has a love of conifers of all types and sizes.

  She is a member of the National Rock Garden Society. I, too, love rocks; rocks, stones, 
all shapes and sizes bring a natural, rural feel to an otherwise organized planting.

The different fence panels provide backdrop interest.
Natural stones can be as interesting and beautiful as a flowering plant.

Stone planters blend in nicely.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Denver Fling sponsors and Panayoti Kelaidis Garden

More of our Generous Sponsors

Corona Over 90 years ago, it began with the orange shears that revolutionized the citrus industry, now offering a full range of professional, high-quality, lawn and garden tools.

Tula Stylish hats that provide sun protection, hand-woven from sustainable palm fiber by artisans with fair wages and safe working conditions.

Dramm Starting with the 400 Water Breaker, Dramm has been a leader in quality, durable, watering tools and accessories for over 75 years.

We shall see some awesome raffle items from these sponsors, including plenty of hats (coveted at the 2018 fling!)

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2019 Fling Teaser

Panayoti Kelaidis' amazing yard; a mix of cottage, alpine, desert, and veggie!

He worked wonders with the slopes

Gorgeous, fluffy native grass below the perennial area. There is so much variance in this yard; so much to see.

Amazing crevice garden meets retaining wall meets waterfall meets pond. I'm in awe of this particular feature. I love the narrow flagstone steps.

 Just 2 1/2 months to go!