Spring Classes for Adults

March through May

Note: All the following classes are recommended for adults age 18 and up. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Grow your Own Veggies
Sat. March 7, 10 AM – Noon; $18

Create your own food-producing gardens at home. Get tips on garden size, site selection, container possibilities, choosing seeds and transplants. Learn how and when to plant, tend and harvest your garden.
Instructor: Mary Miller, Community Garden Outreach Coordinator, The Gardens on Spring Creek
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek.

Using Earthworms to Create Better Soil
Sat. March 21, 10 AM – Noon, $8

This workshop will teach you how to use worms to generate a nutrient-rich, organic soil amendment ideal for starting seeds, reducing transplant shock, controlling soil pathogens and helping plants resist insect pests. Learn the simple steps to set up a worm bin and make compost tea.
Instructor: Betsy Lynch, Good Earth Worms
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

Botanical Drawing
Wed. March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22; 1-3 PM, $75

Use colored pencils and pens to create technically detailed plant drawings. Focus on line, form, texture, color and composition with an emphasis on producing realistic illustrations. Select your own subjects from the Gardens, then get expert help to “see” and draw the plant.
Instructor: Prof. John Kutzik, Emeritus Art Faculty, CSU
Note: $10 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek. Materials list is provided.

Season Extension – Techniques for Early Veggie Planting
Sat. March 28, 10 AM – Noon, $18

Learn ways to extend the vegetable growing season in both the early spring and autumn to enjoy a greater bounty of fresh garden produce. This class will cover simple, useful and achievable techniques that will provide tender plants and seedlings protection from weather’s elements. Face a cold snap knowing your crops are protected!
Instructor: Mary Miller, Community Garden Outreach Coordinator, The Gardens on Spring Creek
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek.

Interpreting and Using your Soil Test
Sat. March 28, 1-3 p.m., $8

Early spring is a great time to get your soil tested, just as the garden is beginning to wake up. But what do you do with that test report? Learn how to interpret the data from your soil test to manage your home landscape in the best possible way. This class will help you to irrigate, fertilize and add compost most efficiently.
Instructor: Jean Reeder, Consultant, CSU Soil Testing Lab and Master Gardener Instructor
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

Ornamental Grasses
Sat. April 4, 1-3 PM, $8

From petite to statuesque, well-watered to dry soil, sun or shade – there is an ornamental grass for your area! Learn the newest and best varieties of grasses to add movement and an architectural element to your yard. This class will provide information on growing a wide range of grasses and suggestions for choosing where to place them in your landscape.
Instructor: Tonya Dunn, Owner, Garden Thyme Landscaping
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

Designing, Building and Planting Raised Beds for Vegetables
Sat, April 11, 10 AM - Noon, $18

You’ll learn the advantages and disadvantages of growing plants in raised beds, how to size, design and build raised beds from wood timbers and concrete blocks, and what plants grow best in raised beds. Instructor: Dave Doyle, Owner, Summit Landscaping and Mary Miller, Community Garden Outreach Coordinator, The Gardens on Spring Creek
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek

Building Patios
Sat. April 11, 1 – 2 PM, $12

Learn how to design and install flagstone and paver patios and walkways according to professional standards. This hands-on class will teach you how to prep the space and base, calculate for drainage and grade, installation tips and tricks, compaction and cutting.
Instructor: Dave Doyle, Owner, Summit Landscaping
Note: $2 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek

Just Drip It!
Sat. April 18, 9 AM - Noon, $14
Sat. April 18, 1-4 PM, $14 (repeat of above)
This hands-on class covers the basics of drip irrigation. Learn the components’ functions and how they fit together to create a simple watering system for your patio, vegetable garden or flower beds. This class will teach you how to design and install or troubleshoot your own system.
Instructor: Dillon Hancock, Horticulturist, The Gardens on Spring Creek
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

Underused Perennials
Sat. April 25, 10 AM - Noon, $8

Learn about some of the best perennial varieties you’re not growing now. The class will feature easy to grow, drought tolerant plants including many that will be available at our Spring Plant Sale. Topics include perennials with multi-season interest, those that are good for pollinators, long blooming varieties and cultivars that are better than the ones commonly grown.
Instructor: Sherry Fuller, Horticulturist, The Gardens on Spring Creek
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

Butterfly Gardening
Sat. April 25, 1-3 PM, $18

You can create butterfly habitat in any space, from a couple of container plants on your patio to an entire yard. Learn to recognize our most common local butterflies and know which plants they prefer for nectar and for their larvae. Get gardening tips that will encourage more butterflies to visit and enjoy your space.
Instructor: Sherry Fuller, Horticulturist, The Gardens on Spring Creek
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek

All About Lawns
Sat. May 2, 1 - 3 PM, $8

Learn how to plant a lawn from seed or sod and techniques for properly maintaining your turf. The pros and cons of different varieties of lawn grasses will also be discussed including the newest and best bluegrass varieties, as well as more drought-tolerant and native grass species.
Instructor: Dr. Tony Koski, Turfgrass Specialist, Colorado State University
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

The Secret Lives of Bees Revealed
Sat. May 16, 10 AM – Noon, $18

Take a trip inside a beehive to learn about how bees live together in a hive. Beekeeper Tom Cavanagh will share with you the yearly cycle of bees, beginning with the placement of a swarm of bees in a hive in the spring to removal of honeycomb the following spring. As part of this class you will be invited to see inside an actual beehive maintained by Tom at the Gardens on Spring Creek.
Instructor: Tom Cavanagh
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek.

Sprinkler Efficiency – How To Get the Most Out Of Your Sprinkler System
Sat. May 23, 10 a.m. - Noon, $8

Learn what can be done for your individual irrigation system to improve its efficiency. This hands-on class will let you work with sprinkler components and teach you cycle-soak programming for your controller. Lower your water bills while maintaining a beautiful landscape through efficiency, rebates and a free water audit (if you live in the available area).
Instructor: Eric Olson, Water Conservation Coordinator, Fort Collins Utilities
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

Overcoming Common Problems In Your Veggie Garden
Sat. May 30, 10 AM – Noon, $18

An in-depth look at the major issues affecting vegetable gardens here and how to overcome them. Topics covered will include organic control of common garden pests and diseases, tomato growing tips, soil problems, extending the growing season, irrigation and mulching. Bring your garden questions for professional answers.
Instructor: Bryant Mason, Owner, The Urban Farm Company
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek.

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