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  1. 11/25/2005 Xeriscape Landscaping and Irrigation Efficiency Sessions
  2. Platte Canyon is once again pleased to sponsor a series of Xeriscape landscaping and irrigation efficiency sessions to help our customers enjoy a beautiful yard without wasting water or money. The series has grown in popularity as customers respond to water restrictions, hot, dry summer weather, and increasing water rates.

    According to Alyssa Quinn, program director, “Customers want to save water and money but still want to enjoy colorful gardens and green grass. Feedback from past seminar participants has been very positive. We have found that the majority of customers attending the seminars have implemented irrigation tips and used plant and landscape design guidance to enhance the appearance and water efficiency of their personal landscape.”

    Larry Keeson, one of the Denver Metropolitan Area’s premier experts in efficient irrigation system design and maintenance will again present a seminar titled Keeping Your Grass Green with Less Water. Individuals who attend this seminar will be offered an opportunity to sign up for a personal irrigation system audit conducted by Mr. Keeson. The District will pick up one half of the cost of each audit conducted by Mr. Keeson.

    We are also very pleased that David Winger has agreed to conduct the Introduction to Xeriscape session on March 10. Mr. Winger is a recognized expert in water efficient landscape design and has published numerous guides, manuals, and journals, some of which will be available for purchase at the seminar. All participants at the seminar will receive a free copy of Mr. Winger’s Xeriscape Maintenance Journal Volume IV.

    The well known Xeriscape gardening author and expert Marilyn Raff completes the seminar series with a presentation on Shrub Roses on April 8. Ms. Raff will describe how you can add vibrant color to your garden without increasing irrigation requirements.

    All seminars are conducted at the Platte Canyon District office at 8739 W. Coal Mine Ave.

    The schedule for 2006 Xeriscape landscape design and irrigation efficiency sessions is as follows:

    Introduction to Xeriscape
    Free with reservation

    March 22, 2006
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    This introduction class will be presented by Denver Water Conservation Department’s David Winger who is a renowned expert in Xeriscape gardening and is the editor of Xeriscape Plant Guide and the popular Xeriscape Maintenance Journal series. The introduction will describe the basics of Xeriscape and includes a slide show. The introduction is free and anyone is welcome to attend. A reservation is necessary.

    Shrub Roses: Paradise in Bloom Seminar
    Free with reservation

    April 8, 2006
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Marilyn Raff, author of The Intuitive Gardener: Finding Creative Freedom in the Garden and owner of Gardens by Raff, will be presenting “Shrub Roses: Paradise in Bloom”. Ms. Raff will present the history and varieties of shrub roses that perform beautifully under Colorado’s harsh growing conditions. In addition, learn how to incorporate these roses into your existing landscape or plant them among new perennials, annuals and shrubs. Easy maintenance techniques will also be discussed. This is a free seminar. Please call to make a reservation.

    Keeping Your Lawn Green with Less Water
    Free with reservation

    April 15, 2006
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    This seminar will be presented by Larry Keesen, president of Keesen Water Management, one of the metro area’s leading experts on lawn irrigation system design and operation. He is one of the founders of the Xeriscape program and is the author of The Complete Irrigation Workbook. Mr. Keesen provides practical tips on how minor adjustments to your irrigation system or watering habits can result in large dollar savings. His seminars are always lively, informative and financially rewarding. This is a free seminar. Please call to make a reservation.

    Irrigation Audits with Larry Keesen
    $85 for District Residents

    As scheduled

    These audits allow customers to meet individually with Larry Keesen, renowned expert in water efficient irrigation system design, material selection, and installation. Larry will meet with you at your home to review your irrigation system installation and operation. Residents wishing to schedule an Irrigation Audit must first attend the free Keeping Your Lawn Green with Less Water class. You pay one-half of Mr. Keesen’s fee, and the District picks up the rest. This session is a great opportunity to have a irrigation expert help you design an efficient personalized irrigation system at half the cost! Space is limited, a reservation is required.

    To make reservations, or if you have questions or comments for the 2006 Xeriscape seminar program, or would like to suggest a particular topic, please let us know by contacting Alyssa Quinn at (303) 979-2333.