Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

About: Darrin Parmenter is director and horticulture agent of the La Plata County Extension Office.

Hot and dry, June is tough on our lawns

Just like I predicted: June was hot and dry. Fans and window air-conditioning units were turned on before we wanted to. Upstairs bedrooms were too hot to sleep in. The Animas River seemed...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Acclaimed plant experts to share wisdom at Four Corners Horticulture Conference

On June 9 and 10, something amazing is going to happen here in Durango. No, it has nothing to do with the end of road construction, the opening of another hotel or the start of some...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

On neighborhood walks, I watch spring unfold

This past month, I have become pretty intimate with my neighborhood on the southside of Durango. After going through back surgery in early April, my primary means of exercise has been my own two...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Choose the right tree to fit into a smaller, urban lot

Last month, I wrote about ample space in the landscape, a luxury (or detriment depending on your interests) that many of us wish we had. I had some suggestions for large trees that could work if...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

These majestic trees provide shade for large spaces

If I ever have questions about ornamental plant selection, I’m not afraid to ask others for their opinions. I’m a vegetable kind of guy, and the edibles tend to be in my horticultural wheelhouse....

DATE: March 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How to prune your fruit trees this winter

The short days and long nights leave many of us in Southwest Colorado yearning for something: more powder and more turns, a long-lasting snowpack to fill our rivers this spring and summer or the...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

In dark of winter, I’m dreaming about seasons, possibilities ahead

Author and philosopher Albert Camus once wrote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Because Camus was a philosopher, I can only assume that...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Wrap your new tree to protect it from winter temperature swings

In Southwest Colorado, our coldest months are fast approaching. Allow me to remind you: In December 2015, we had 11 nights that registered below zero at the airport; January had 14 nights that...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

For growers, it was a glorious year in Southwest Colorado

Come November, I traditionally write the “end of the year” or “season in review” column. I lament on the dry winter, the cold spring, the brutally hot summer and even the sneaky end-of-the-season...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Focus on local food helps fuel Iron Horse event

When my family and I decided to move back to Durango a little more than four years ago, I didn’t quite know what to expect. My most recent background was in commercial vegetable production (imagine...

DATE: July 27, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The name of the game is getting your hands dirty – and getting smart

Gardening in Southwest Colorado is frequently challenging. We have deer, pocket gophers and voles. There can be frosts in June and September and rains that come down in sheets or just seem to...

DATE: April 6, 2011 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Iron Horse Chef competition heats up market

Once upon a time, I worked in restaurants. I washed dishes at the Palace Restaurant, cleared tables at now-closed Father Murphy’s, and was a waiter and cook at Gazpacho’s. Then while in Montana, I...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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