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Our experts want to help you improve your outdoor living space through this Colorado gardening workshop!

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00am – 3:30pm (Doors open at 8:00am)
Where: Rocky Heights Middle School, 11033 Monarch Blvd, Lone Tree, CO 80124
How Much: $35 advanced purchase (lunch included), $40 at the door IF AVAILABLE (lunch NOT included)

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Workshop Topics

Session 1: 9:15am – 10:30am
Speaker: Lisa Mason
Topic: Pest Management

General integrated pest management (IPM) strategies will be covered. Learn how to best approach pest management in your backyard! Strategies for specific pests including Japanese Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, deer and rabbits will also be covered.

Session 2: 10:45am – 12:00pm
Speaker: Jodi Torpey
Topic: Edible Spaces in Small Places

Don’t let the lack of garden space keep you from enjoying fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Discover how to turn a balcony, patio, deck, or windowsill into an economical and productive garden. This program provides everything you need to get started from creative container options to the veggie varieties that give the biggest bang for the buck

Session 3: 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Speaker: Dr. Tony Koski
Topic: Turfgrass Management

Turfgrass is a valuable community asset. It can also drain resources if not managed properly. Learn how to efficiently manage resources like water and fertilizer to maintain a beautiful lawn while helping conserve water! There are several alternative grasses to bluegrass that require less water and maintenance that are equally as beautiful and functional.

Session 4: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Speaker: Luan Akin
Topic: Basics of Xeriscaping

Xeriscape is not rocks and cactus, but a colorful, lower maintenance alternative to the water-hungry landscape. Learn the principles behind xeriscaping and gather tips and tricks to create your very own xeriscape garden!

Speaker Biographies

Lisa Mason: Lisa has been the Horticulture Agent in Arapahoe County for Colorado State University Extension since 2018. She has a Master’s Degree in Entomology from Colorado State University (CSU). Her research focused on using citizen science to monitor native bees in urban areas. She started a citizen science program in Fort Collins called Native Bee Watch, which is growing in the Denver Metro area. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU double majoring in forestry and theatre. For a decade, she worked at the Colorado State Forest Service headquarters office in Fort Collins office managing the publications program and other statewide outreach and education programs.

Jodi Torpey: Jodi’s mission is to help gardeners at all levels get the most from their gardening experience. Her interactive gardening workshops are entertaining and inspiring with research-based information, practical, instantly usable tips and creative ideas for any garden. Jodi is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener, and founder and editor-in-chief of She’s a gardening instructor for an international audience through her Craftsy online class and a contributing editor for Fine Gardening Magazine’s vegetable growing website ( Her writing also appears in magazines, newspapers, and home and garden websites. Jodi lives and gardens in Denver, Colo., where she organizes the annual Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign.

Tony Koski, PhD: Tony Koski has been the Extension Turf Specialist and a professor at Colorado State University since 1988. He teaches turfgrass management and advises turf management students in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. As Extension specialist, he works with all facets of Colorado’s professional turf management industry, including the golf course industry, sports turf, professional lawn care, and sod production. His research interests include landscape water management, weed control, turf fertility and soil management. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University.

Luan Akin: Tagawa Gardens’ Outreach program proudly features Luan Akin. A fixture on Denver television for thirty years, Luan logged thousands of hours in her airborne office, the helicopter for CBS4 News. During that time, she also trained as a Master Gardener. Luan left Copter4 and an award-winning career in TV news to put her passion for gardening to work as Tagawa’s Garden Ambassador. As a native Coloradoan, she understands the challenges of gardening here and wants to help others succeed. Luan loves to share her knowledge and curiosity with audiences of all ages. Luan’s down-to-earth style and her unfailing sense of humor have won her a loyal following as Tagawa’s Garden Ambassador.