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The Denver Botanic Gardens

The altitude in the mile-high city isn’t the only thing that will take your breath away in Denver – the wide range of gardens and collections of the Denver Botanic Gardens will do the same. Take a virtual tour of this fabulous public garden focusing on plants of the region and from places around the world with similar climates…

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Garden Calendar for October, 2016

October is a month of preparation for winter. It’s a race against time since the weather can turn wintery at any time. The killing frost hits the southeastern part of the state last, usually sometime around the third week of this month. Earlier light frosts will still do in tender impatiens, begonias, basil, tomatoes and peppers unless they are blanketed for the night.

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The Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County

The Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County started in 1988. Over 365 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 70 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Mike Ballweg. Read more in this excerpt from the 2015 accomplishment report.

In terms of fruit quality, honeyberries are thin and small in size (<1/4”
in length). They begin to ripen by late May and continues until the first or second week in June. The ripe berries turn from green to dark bluish in color, and the inside flesh turns to purple.
In My Backyard: Honeyberries

Have you heard about honeyberry? Lonicera coerulea var. edulis, also known as haskap or blue honeysuckle, has been in cultivation for several hundred years in Japan and in Eastern Europe since the 1950’s. A potential alternative to acid-loving blueberries, it was introduced in North America in 2000 for a breeding program in Corvallis, Oregon. Now breeding projects are being done at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.   

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