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Jodi Torpey

Author, Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening and editor,

Jodi Torpey is an award-winning vegetable gardener, master gardener, and founder and editor-in-chief of She’s the author of the new book, Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening (Storey Publishing, 2015) and The Colorado Gardener’s Companion (Globe Pequot Press 2007; 2015). Her garden writing appears on home and garden websites and in magazines, newspapers, and e-books. Jodi is a gardening instructor for an international audience through her small-space vegetable gardening class, is a contributing editor for Fine Gardening Magazine’s and is the Mountain Region garden blogger for Lowe’s. She’s also a popular speaker at conferences, garden shows and special gardening events around the country. Since 2010 she’s organized Denver’s annual Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign as a volunteer for the Garden Writers Association. Jodi also sponsors the annual Weird Veggie and Funny Fruit photo contest on her website in celebration of oddball eggplants, crazy carrots and tasteless tomatoes.


Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

Have you ever marveled at mammoth pumpkins, giant cabbages and enormous onions at your state fair? This seminar teaches the tricks for growing the biggest, tastiest and best-looking vegetables for miles around. Discover how to choose the top vegetable varieties, schedule planting dates and grow a healthy garden. Whether you want to win ribbons, impress your fellow gardeners or simply improve your vegetable growing efforts, this session is for you.

Thursday, Feb 18 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

A Dirty Dozen for Gardening on the Cheap

In this fast-paced gardening demonstration you’ll learn a dozen different ways to garden on the cheap—indoors and out. In quick succession you’ll discover how to grow garlic greens, deal organically with insect pests, make a portable potting bench, grow the most nutritionally dense food in a jar, mix up your own potting soil, grow a carrot centerpiece, test last season’s vegetable seeds, stock up on free fertilizers and more. You’ll leave this session armed with a year’s worth of money-saving gardening tips.

Friday, Feb 19 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow