The Town of Windsor will kick off the 2017 Treasure Island Demonstration Garden season and workshop series with an informational meeting for volunteers at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Oak Room at the Community Recreation Center.
The Treasure Island Demonstration Garden is a public demonstration garden, which features hundreds of plants that flourish in Windsor. The produce gathered from the vegetable section of the garden is donated to the Weld County Food Bank.
“Last year, more than two tons of vegetables from the garden were donated to the Food Bank,” said Town Forester Ken Kawamura.
Volunteers maintain the garden on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, during the growing season. No experience is necessary, however interested volunteers are asked to attend a training session at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the Treasure Island Demonstration Garden.
“Treasure Island is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers who work to enhance a section of the Poudre River Trail for everyone’s enjoyment,” said Kawamura. “In 2016, our volunteers put in more than 1,700 hours of work to maintain the site! There is always something blooming during the growing season and we’re always looking for volunteer help.”
Throughout the growing months, the garden will host workshops. The first workshop, “Weeds: Identifying and Preventing,” will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the garden. The workshop will include how to identify the differences of annuals and perennials; plants on the Colorado noxious weed list and where to get more information; and preventative and integrated weed management measures, like mulch versus fabric, and pre-emergent and competitive planting.
The Treasure Island Demonstration Garden is open for public viewing and is located adjacent to Laku Lake Road, along the Poudre River Trail, south of Eastman Park. Roadside parking is available via the 7th Street entrance. Most of the garden is accessible with paved surfaces.
The garden is open for private group or club tours and workshops. For more information, call the volunteers at 303-726-7634.