Cheyenne conference helps gardeners grow

Garden flowers play a critical role in supplying nectar for pollinators. This hummingbird moth visits a tall garden phlox in June.                        UW Photo: Chavawn Kelley

The Gardening for Success conference, Saturday and Sunday April 14-15 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne is for beginners, backyard gardeners, 4-H youth and leaders, master gardeners, community gardeners and farmer’s market gardeners.

“Topics will challenge, inspire, motivate and take you to the next level of gardening success, whatever your gardening experience,” says UW Extension educator Catherine Wissner.

The $125 conference fee covers lunches, a dinner and breaks. Go to to register and learn more. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. at the LCCC Pathfinder Building, 1400 E. College Drive.

Topics include edible landscapes, conifers and perennials for the Rocky Mountain Region, growing lavender, iris, and roses, native bee habitat, soil basics, seed saving, medicinal herbs and teas, growing in high tunnels or hoop houses, food processing, food safety and more.

Keynote speakers are Scott Skogerboe from Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery and David Salman, chief horticulturist for High Country Gardens.

Master Gardeners can take qualifying classes to earn an Advanced Master Gardener certificate. Participants in hands-on workshops can take home what they make.

Sponsors are Laramie County Master Gardeners and the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Extension office, the State Master Gardener Association, and the Wyoming Farmers Market Association.

For more information, contact Wissner at 307-633-4480 or at