As we move into shorter days and cooler weather, there is no shortage of opportunities for you to learn and network with your fellow Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association members!
There are still two member BBQs on the books for the year. On September 9, join us at Brown’s Greenhouse in Arvada to see their multiple, new greenhouses. This event is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and is free, but registration is required.
On September 16, we have a homecoming to New Mexico with a BBQ at “Best of the City” Jericho Nursery in Albuquerque. Again, this BBQ is free, but please register.
The annual CHREF Golf Tournament will take place September 21 at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie. This annual fundraiser provides critical financial support for horticulture research at Colorado State University and for college students who are seeking an education and career in horticulture. This event kicks off at 1 p.m., and we are looking forward to a shotgun start and the return of many of our favorite games and contests, along with some NEW games! Visit CNGA’s website for more information.
Rounding out our BBQs for the year is our Western Slope event at Bookcliff Gardens! Enjoy a beautiful fall day in Grand Junction and tour the largest retail nursery between Denver and Salt Lake City. This event is free, but registration is required.
In the vein of former CNGA “Boiler Room Chats,” we are presenting a Handy Hort Talk at Alameda Wholesale Nursery on September 22. This is will be an informal yet very instructional look at how Alameda carries out key nursery operations: receiving, mulching and displaying B&B trees; and customizing four different size delivery trucks to make them more efficient. You’ll pick up some great tips and have the chance to network afterwards with some fine Alameda social time!
We are excited to gather again for Women in Horticulture on October 14 at the Lakewood Country Club. This year we will hear an intriguing presentation on forensic botany: “Grave Consequences – Solving Crime with Botany.” Obviously, you think plants are cool, but did you know that they help investigators solve crimes? Luncheon speakers Cheryl Strouse and Pam Smith will talk about the world of forensic botany and how plants have been used to solve some high-profile cold cases. Go to CNGA’s website for registration and more information.
Finally, our Horticultural Leadership Retreat will return to the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. This year’s event will include Dr. Charlie Hall, live and in person, so be sure to mark your calendars for November 5 and 6.