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Fall planting of bare-root trees shipped in from other states is not recommended in our area. Local nurseries do not sell them, but some mail-order nurseries erroneously ship them here.

There are only a few openings left for the evening Utah State University master gardener class at Thanksgiving Point that starts in October. For registration information, call the USU Extension office at 801-851-8460.

Thanksgiving Point is offering a Basic Landscape Design course taught by Deseret Morning News garden columnist Larry Sagers. Classes in this four-week course will be Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40. To register, call 1-801-768-7443 or log on to

Red Butte Garden's workshop: "Daffodils, Jonquils, Narcissus," will be Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about tough, drought-tolerant bulbs that make great companion plants for perennials. The teacher is Mary Durtschi, USU Master Gardener and Tooele County daffodil grower. Regular garden admission/members free.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro sixth annual "Scotts Give Back to Grow Awards" contest, is accepting nominations in four categories — Classroom Gardener of the Year, for elementary through high school teachers who incorporate gardening into their curriculum; Urban Greenup Gardener of the Year, saluting volunteers in inner-city neighborhoods; Community Beautification, for volunteers committed to environmental stewardship; and Good Neighbor Gardener of the Year, for those who help feed the hungry by donating produce to food banks.

Nomination forms can be found at or by calling 866-565-3554. Deadline for entries is Dec. 2, but because photos are required, those submitting entries should take their pictures while the gardens look their best.