2022 Seminar Schedule
Cashman Nursery & Landscaping

Saturday, March 5th Seminar

9:30  Houseplants: Bring the Outside In with Living Décor- by Catherine Griffith and Mike Sheets, Cashman Nursery

Winter woes got you down? Now is the perfect time to bring the health and beauty of nature indoors. Houseplants add vibrancy, visual interest, and improved air quality to your home year round. We’ll teach you to analyze a room, choose the right plants and containers for the right space, and the essentials of plant care.

10:15  Starting Seeds Indoors – by Erica Melroe, Environmental Horticulturist

It’s that time of year. The seed catalogs have arrived and dreams of vine ripened tomatoes have us eager to get back to the garden. Join us to learn the basics of starting your own vegetable plants from seed. We’ll cover things like timing, indoor set-up materials, care, and ultimately the unmatched satisfaction of transplanting your own plants outside when the weather is right.

Saturday, March 12th Seminars

9:30  Greenhouses 101 – by Jennifer Weiss

In a cold, short-season climate like ours, backyard greenhouses can generate new gardening prospects to extend your harvest. Jennifer, a local horticulturist, professor, and go-to gardening guru will teach us how to assess our garden goals, differentiate greenhouse styles, their uses and limitations, and other essential hot-house know-how to consider before growing under cover.

10:15  Spring Container Gardening – by Lucia Christie, Skagit Gardens Bedding Plants

Celebrate hope of the Spring season by planning your container gardens. Lucia will teach you how to apply design principles and share ideas to create the most stunning combinations using layers, form, texture and color. You’ll learn tips on choosing the best blooming plants and tricks to keep your pots and planters looking fabulous all season.

*CANCELED* Saturday, March 12th Workshop

11:30, 1:30, 3:30  Make Your Own Indoor Herb Garden –Registration required. Call to reserve your spot

We are sad to report that our shipment of herbs arrived heavily frostbit. We will reschedule the workshop for another day. Thanks for your understanding!

Saturday, March 19th Seminars

9:30  Curing Landscape Plan Overwhelm – by Mike Sheets and Emily Talago, Cashman Nursery

Has your Spring Fever progressed into something more serious? When walking around your yard, have you experienced an inability to focus? A sense of hopelessness or resentment? A fear of perpetual disappointment? You may be suffering the classic symptoms of Landscape Overwhelm. Caused by the pitfalls of piecemeal planning, this affliction is easily treated by learning the simple essentials of landscape project formation. Our consultation design staff will share the tried and true remedies they use every day to reestablish project focus, peace, and determination every day.

10:15* Do It Yourself Landscape Pruning – by Jerry Cashman

Sharpen your horticulture skills as Jerry teaches you the principles of proper pruning and maintenance with a demonstration here at Cashman’s landscape beds. You’ll learn how to improve and maintain the shape, size, and overall health of your plants so you can work on your own landscape knowing what methods to apply to which plants and when.

Saturday, March 26th Seminars

9:30  Get Started in Vegetable Gardening plus the Best Varieties for Our Climate – by Don Mathre, retired MSU professor of plant pathology and active member of the Gallatin Gardeners Club

It’s no secret that home grown veggies taste incredible compared to their bland single-variety grocery store counterpart. Growing your own allows complete control over production methods in addition to numerous other health benefits. Don has years of experience growing vegetables in the Gallatin Valley. He’ll share his favorite varieties that have proven easy and productive in our shorter growing season.

10:15 Benefits of Bare Root Plants – by Jerry Cashman

What are bare root plants and how are they different? They’re lighter, easy to transport, easier to plant, have great root development, and low risk of transplant shock. To top it off, they’re also the most economical way to purchase plants. Ornamentals, fruit trees, shade trees, shrubs, berries, vines, canes, rhizomes and more- come check out our famously extensive selection and Jerry will cover everything you need to know to save time, save money, and start planting.

Saturday, April 2nd Seminars

9:30  Landscaping for Birds – by Doug McSpadden, Sacajawea Audubon Society

There’s a lot more to attracting birds than putting out seed feeders. Join us to learn about wild birds’ basic needs and how certain plants and landscaping practices can provide food, shelter, water and nesting sites. Whether you have a brand new yard, an existing landscape, or only enough room for a few potted plants on the patio, the choices you make can help restore lost wildlife habitat and make your yard a welcoming haven for local songbirds and wildlife.

10:15  *Tree Pruning Essentials – by John Noreika, ISA Certified Consulting Arborist

Did you know that proper pruning is essential for maintaining structural integrity, aesthetics, and overall health of your landscape trees? In addition, fruit trees require pruning to increase yield and fruit quality. John will teach you the fundamentals of best pruning practices, go over proper tools for the job, what to cut and when. You’ll then see these skills in action while he demonstrates pruning one of our fruit trees.

Saturday, April 2nd Workshop

Times TBD  Make & Take Easter Basket – Details coming soon

Sunday, April 3rd Workshop

Times TBD  Make & Take Easter Basket – Details coming soon

Saturday, April 9th Seminar

9:30  Growing Long Season Vegetables – by John Austin, gardener extraordinaire and Gallatin Gardeners Club member

Known for his 4th of July ripe tomatoes and adventures in Russian Heirloom varieties, John has spent years honing methods to successfully grow peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other long season crops under the Big Sky. Join us as he shares his experience, tips, and tricks to extend your own garden season.

Saturday, April 16th Seminars

9:00  Water Smart Landscapes for the Bozeman Area – by Jessica Ahlstrom, City of Bozeman Water Conservation Specialist

Learn how to create your own water wise landscape.  Jessica will discuss how water is used in our homes and ways to reduce outdoor water use by creating a water wise landscape.  Tips include selecting and establishing water wise plants for your landscape, adjusting your irrigation system to meet landscape water demands throughout the growing season, and selecting efficient irrigation methods.  Bozeman water customers: learn how to take advantage of the City’s rebates for irrigation system products and cash in on their drought tolerant plant rebate.

9:45  Building Healthy Soil – by Clain Jones, PhD, MSU Soil Fertility Specialist

Plant growth and productivity starts with healthy soil. Join us to learn the soil characteristics affecting your garden, the different tools you can use to test your soil, how to interpret results, and the proper use of common amendments.

Saturday, April 23rd Seminars

9:00  Native Plants for Bozeman Area Gardens – by Aimee Kelly, Great Bear Native Plants

Using native plants in your landscape is more popular than ever- and for good reason. Mother Nature is the best teacher for identifying which plants will thrive and where. Learn how to choose which microclimate to mimic so you can work with your landscape, not against it.

9:45  Garden Patrol for Pest Control– by Laurie Kerzicnik PhD, Arthropod Diagnostician and Associate Extension Specialist, Schutter Diagnostic Lab, Montana State University

Regularly paid visits to your plants can pay off big when it comes to managing garden or landscape pests. Dr. Kerzicnik will teach how to scout for pests during those visits and the importance of timely and accurate identification. Get to know the signs, symptoms, and biology of common critters to maximize your management and keep plants healthy.

Saturday, April 30th Seminars

9:30  *The Proper Way to Plant a Tree – by Joe and Mike Cashman

Passive solar efficiency, wildlife habitat, artistic inspiration, cancer-fighting therapeutics- just a few of numerous economic, environmental, and social benefits provided by Trees. In honor of these exceptional organisms and in celebration of Arbor Day, Joe and Mike will show you how to give trees a healthy start in a new home. They’ll break down the steps to correctly plant bare root, potted, or large balled-burlap trees, protect them, keep them healthy, and answer any questions you have along the way.

10:15  *Perennial and Edible: Grow your own Strawberries, Raspberries, and Asparagus – by Jerry Cashman

Plant a patch once and enjoy the harvest year after year. Head out to the garden with Jerry where he’ll demonstrate how to establish and maintain your own strawberry, raspberry, or asparagus plot. He’ll cover the best varieties for our area, when and how to plant, pruning, fertilizing, and weed suppression.

Saturday, May 7th Seminars

9:00  The buzz about Bee-friendly Landscape Practices – by Abi Saeed, MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist

Bees and other pollinators perform an industrious task ensuring the reproduction of over 90% of flowering plants. We rely on these little guys for a third of the food we eat every day. But they need sustenance too! Learn which plants provide food and shelter for pollinators throughout their active seasons and how to adopt pollinator friendly landscape practices in your own backyard.

9:45  *Home Composting 101 – by Kareen Erbe, Broken Ground

Composting at home conserves all kinds of resources and rewards you with a rich soil amendment endearingly nicknamed Black Gold. Certified Master Gardener and Master Composter Kareen Erbe has been successfully transforming common yard waste and kitchen scraps in our cold climate for over a decade. She’ll explain the basics, share tips and tricks, then demonstrate one method you can use to get your own pile of gold going.

*Held outside, please dress for the weather

All Seminars are hosted here at Cashman Nursery and are free to the public. No registration necessary

See video recordings of past 2021 Seminars below-

Saturday April 17th, 2021   9:00am Water Smart Landscapes for the Bozeman Area by: Jessica Ahlstrom, City of Bozeman Water Conservation Specialist

Learn how to create your own water wise landscape.  Jessica will discuss how water is used in our homes and ways to reduce outdoor water use by creating a water wise landscape.  Tips include selecting and establishing water wise plants for your landscape, adjusting your irrigation system to meet landscape water demands throughout the growing season, and selecting efficient irrigation methods.  Bozeman water customers: learn how to take advantage of the City’s rebates for irrigation system products and cash in on up to $200 drought tolerant plant rebate.

Saturday April 10th, 2021   9:00am Building Healthy Soil  by: Clain Jones, PhD, MSU Soil Fertility Specialist

Plant growth and productivity starts with healthy soil. Join us to learn the soil characteristics affecting your garden, the different tools you can use to test your soil, how to interpret results, and the proper use of common amendments.

Saturday March 27th, 2021   9:30am Get Started in Vegetable Gardening, plus the Best Varieties for Our Climate by: Don Mathre, retired MSU professor of plant pathology and active member of the Gallatin Gardeners Club

It’s no secret that home grown veggies taste incredible compared to their bland single-variety grocery store counterpart. Growing your own allows complete control over production methods in addition to numerous other health benefits. Don has years of experience growing vegetables in the Gallatin Valley. He’ll share his favorite varieties that have proven easy and productive in our shorter growing season. 
 

Saturday March 20th, 2021   9:30am Landscaping for Birds by: Doug McSpadden, Sacajawea Audubon Society

There’s a lot more to attracting birds than putting out seed feeders. Join us to learn about wild birds’ basic needs and how certain plants and landscaping practices can provide food, shelter, water and nesting sites. Whether you have a brand new yard, an existing landscape, or only enough room for a few potted plants on the patio, the choices you make can help restore lost wildlife habitat and make your yard a welcoming haven for local songbirds and wildlife.

Saturday March 13th, 2021   9:30am Starting Seeds Indoors and Early Season Gardening Tips
by: Cheryl Moore-Gough, M.S. Plant Sciences

Eager for Spring? Learn what you can start doing right now to get your garden going. Cheryl is a local horticulture expert and literally wrote the book on Montana vegetable gardening. In addition to early season tips, she’ll teach you the basics of starting plants from seed. You’ll learn about timing, indoor set-up materials, care, and ultimately the unmatched satisfaction of transplanting your own plants outside when the weather is right. 

Saturday March 6th, 2021   9:30am  Curing Landscape Plan Overwhelm by: Cashman Nursery staff

Has your Spring Fever progressed into something more serious? When walking around your yard, have you experienced an inability to focus? A sense of hopelessness or resentment? A fear of perpetual disappointment? You may be suffering the classic symptoms of Landscape Overwhelm. Caused by the pitfalls of piecemeal planning, this affliction is easily treated by learning the simple essentials of landscape project formation. Our consultation design staff will share the tried and true remedies they use every day to reestablish project focus, peace, and determination every day.