Winter Classes for Adults

January through February

Interpreting and Using your Soil Test
You got your soil tested, now what? Learn how to interpret the data from your soil test to manage your home landscape in the best way possible. 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
1/17, Sat, 10 AM – Noon, $8

Sketching 101: Forms and Textures of Nature
Do you want to paint gardens, flowers and nature scenes but don’t know how to start? This is the class for you because you have to know how to draw before you can paint. Learn basic techniques of shading, perspective, creating texture and line drawings with graphite pencils. Instructor: Joanie Schneider
Note: Class is for novice sketchers. Supply list will be provided. $10 discount for members of The gardens on Spring Creek.
1/22,23,24 and 25, Thur-Sun, 1 PM – 3 PM, $90

Pruning Fruit Trees
Fruit trees need regular pruning to produce their best crop. Learn the proper timing and best techniques for each of the commonly grown varieties here including apples, plums, peaches and apricots. Weather permitting, part of this class will be hands-on outdoors in our Garden of Eatin’. Instructor: Tom Throgmorton, Owner, Throgmorton Plant Management
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek
1/24, Sat, 10 AM - 12 PM, $18

Beginning Landscape Design: Planning, Plants and Placement
Whether you are starting your landscape design with a blank slate or wanting to update your existing yard, this class will provide the basic techniques you need to start working with confidence. Learn the latest trends, design fundamentals and workhorse plants for different conditions. The class will include a special 10 minute presentation on proper planting technique to ensure the survival of your plant choices. Think big, start small! Instructor: Sally Guthart, Owner and Designer, Earthborn Landscape Design
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
1/31, Sat, 10 AM – Noon, $12

Pruning Shade Trees
Pruning your shade trees correctly while they’re small makes all the difference in their shape and health as they mature. Learn correct pruning techniques for shade and ornamental trees both young and old. Weather permitting, part of this class will be hands-on outdoors in the Garden. Instructor: Dave Sexton, City of Fort Collins Forestry Department
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek
1/31, Sat, 1-3 PM, $18

Landscape Design with Rocky Mountain Native Plants
Develop your garden plan using traditional landscape design practices, but focusing on native plants. Explore site design and identify zones in your landscape based on hydrology, soil type and existing plants. Learn about natives’ soil and water requirements, size and seasonal interest in order to pair plants effectively. Jim will also cover care during the plants' establishment period, long-term garden maintenance and the environmental benefits derived from using native plants. Instructor: Jim Tolstrup, Executive Director, High Plains Environmental Center and State Outreach Chair for the Colorado Native Plant Society
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
2/7, Sat, 10 – Noon, $8

How to Begin Rock Gardening
If you’ve wanted to grow those gorgeous rock garden jewels, but didn’t know how to get started, this is the class for you. Learn how to fit a rock garden into your existing landscape, how to place rocks, what soil mix to use and what plants to start with from one of the masters behind our rock garden. Instructor: Kirk Fiesler, Owner, Laporte Avenue Nursery
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
2/7, Sat, 1-3 PM, $8

Botany for Gardeners
Besides being fascinating to plant geeks, basic botany can help you understand how plants grow, thus improving your green thumb. This hands-on workshop will provide tips, tools and techniques that will help your garden flourish. Learn basics such as how growth hormones cause plants to bend, stems to grow up and roots down and why leaves have evolved different textures among other intriguing details. Instructor: Marcee Camenson Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek.
2/14, Sat, 10 AM – Noon, $18

Grow the Rainbow: Daylilies and Iris
Learn how to best care for these garden mainstays and how they’ve changed from their wild forms to today’s fantastic flowers. The class will also include the mechanics of hybridizing iris and daylilies so you can actually breed your own unique varieties. Instructor: Debra Scott, Regional President, Daylily Society
Note: $3 discount for members of The Gardens on Spring Creek.
2/14, Sat, 1-3 PM, $18

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May 1–Sept. 30
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