A horticulture information series begins this month in Albany County. The series covers a variety of topics including landscaping for production and usefulness, collecting seeds and starting them indoors, honeybees, and common insect and plant diseases.

The series kicks off on January 14 with a seed saving course. Sessions are every other Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Albany County Fairgrounds in the Extension Meeting Room. The Albany County Fairgrounds is located at 3520 U.S. Highway 287 just south of Laramie.

The schedule is:

  • Jan. 14 – Seed saving. University of Wyoming Extension educator Jenny Thompson. Collecting native seed, starting plants from seeds indoors, and growing native herbaceous perennials in a landscape. Subjects and plants covered will vary according to interests of attendees.
  • Jan. 28 – Bees. Beekeeper and Albany County Master Gardener Rene Sollars will talk about getting started raising honeybees as well as promoting native bees. Beekeeping equipment will be on hand for viewing.
  • Feb. 4 – Permaculture. Adam Brock of the The Growhaus. Permaculture emphasizes using native plants or those well adapted to a local area in landscapes. The plants have a purpose and somehow benefit a landscape.
  • Feb. 18 – Common tree and shrub insects and diseases. Kellie Chichester, Albany County extension educator.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kellie Chichester at 307-721-2571 or kelliec@uwyo.edu.

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