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The Gardens on Spring Creek has been working closely with the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County to ensure the safety of our guests, volunteers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic through social distancing measures and capped attendance. All visitors - including Members - are required to reserve admissions tickets for a specific date and time prior to arriving at The Gardens. Visit the admissions page for ticketing information.

Visit The Gardens COVID-19 guidelines page to review all of our COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.

Adult Classes

Lifelong Learning Begins Here#

Classes are categorized by theme and full descriptions of each class can be found below. Click on the theme to explore the available options. Classes are appropriate for adults 18+.  Members receive 10 percent off registration.

All in-person classes include admission to The Gardens, including the Butterfly House.

Online registration is open until 24 hours before the class. Within 24 hours, please call our Guest Services team to register 970.416.2486.

Gardens Refund Policy

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Nature Poetry in The Gardens#

book of poetry

Drawing on the remarkable beauty of the Gardens on Spring Creek, this workshop by Jodie Hollander, locally-based and internationally-published poet will offer participants an opportunity to take in the extraordinary beauty around them and turn their observations into powerful and vivid poems. Using celebrated examples of both traditional and contemporary poetry, discuss techniques such as metaphor, imagery, sound and allusion as well as introducing basic techniques for creating musicality within a poem.

Note to students: Participants will work either outside in nature (weather permitting) or inside in a classroom. This workshop is suitable for all ages and experience levels - please bring a notebook and pen or a laptop computer. No experience necessary. 

Capacity will be limited to help maintain social distancing.  Please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible.

Saturday, May 1  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Flower Photography#

person taking photos of flowers

Starting in spring and continuing through fall, flowers present great photo opportunities. In this class by Bob Dean, professional nature and travel photographer with View of Nature Photography, participants will look at the craft of photography and artistic aspects of making images of these gifts of nature. The class will start with using the camera’s (or a smartphone’s) creative controls to capture beautiful images of flowers from panoramic views to close up details. Participants will then spend time looking at using light and creatively composing images. If weather and safety concerns permit, attendees will venture into The Gardens to practice newly learned skills.

This class includes photography permits for attendees.

Saturday, June 12  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Post-Installation Hive Check-up#

queen bee

Now that your bees are in their hive, we will be looking to see how well they are doing. This class will include full hive inspection of the bee hives in The Gardens, finding the queen and verifying growth.  We’ll discuss forage and look for both pollen and nectar stores.  Time to talk about mite management, too! 

To maintain small groups, this course will be featured at two separate times.

Note to students:  For outside classes, please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible. 

Saturday, June 12  |  8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  |  $18

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Saturday, June 12  |  9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  |  $18

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Beginning the Wind Down - Fall and Winter Management#

bee hives in fall

The end of summer is near!  We will test for mites, verify stores and discuss feeding options.  Did your bees produce excess honey?  We will discuss how to harvest and extract as well as preparing your hives for the winter.

Note to students:  For outside classes, please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible. 

Saturday, August 21  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Veg Around the World Cooking Series#

vegetables and spices

Tired of boiled veggies? Need to perk up your potatoes, ramp up your carrots and add some glory to your grains?  Join Lisa Boesen, MAOM, CMC of MLC Associates LLC as she highlights area produce available at winter and summer markets as well as nods to and mentions of locally-owned food and spice business.  This series will review new cooking techniques, explore locally blended spices, and produce and demonstrate exciting plant-based recipes. 

Green Means Great#

Do your salads need a face-lift? Want to learn how to add more “green” to your dishes? From  the micro to megastars of Northern Colorado gardens, Lisa Boesen, MAOM, CMC of MLC Associates LLC  will highlight area produce available at the upcoming summer markets as well as nods to and mentions of locally-owned food and spice business. Green means great!

Saturday, June 5  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In-Person

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Online: Homemade Cheese - Ricotta and Mozzarella#

homemade cheese

A fun introduction to making your own fresh, creamy homemade ricotta and mozzarella.  This virtual class with Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls will show you it's easier than you can imagine and so decadent, you will never go back to store-bought cheese.

Saturday, May 1  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

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Makin' Your Own Homemade Bacon#

cooking bacon

Tired of flabby, nitrate-filled bacon from mega-chain grocery stores?  Well bacon lovers, this workshop from Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls is for you.  You will learn the steps to transform ordinary pork belly into flavorful bacon. Students will get to sample home cured bacon in class.

Saturday, June 5  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In-Person

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Online or In-person: Uncommon and Underused Perennials#

Mentzelia decapetala

Learn uncommon yet easy-to-grow plants, including many that will be available at The Gardens' Spring Plant Sale.  Most are drought tolerant, and this virtual class by Sherry Fuller of the Gardens on Spring Creek will also take a look at varieties great for pollinators, with long bloom times, natives and species your neighbors will envy, and other themes.  Leave with a great plant list for your garden! 

Saturday, April 17  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  | Online $5 

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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Online: Planting for Pollinators#

monarch butterfly on a milkweed plant

Learn how to create a beautiful and ecologically beneficial garden to attractive all forms of pollinators from Kelly Kellow of the Gardens on Spring Creek.  This virtual class will cover basic Fort Collins pollinator identification, list of plant varieties that support pollinators and how to incorporate these plants and nesting structure into your existing garden design.  

Saturday, April 17  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  | $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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Online: Shrubs - Enhancing Your Landscape#

bright green shrub

Shrubs bring texture, height and dimension to a garden.  In this virtual class with Susan Bonsall, Master Gardener with Larimer County Extension, participants will explore different types of shrubs both deciduous and evergreen - their shape, color, flower and fruit, water requirements and adaptability.  Demystify the reasons to plant shrubs, the conditions for planting, proper planting techniques and proper care for newly planted shrubs.

Saturday, April 24  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  | $10

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Online: Composting 101#

compost

Join us for a virtual dive into the compost pile!  Jamie Blanchard-Poling, the Compost Queen, will cover what composting is, why it is important, the basic skills, troubleshooting compost challenges and finding the best composting option for your lifestyle.  

Saturday, May 8  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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Notable Tree Bike Tour#

tree in City Park

Notable, historic and interesting trees are growing right under our noses in Fort Collins. Hop on your bike and join urban forester Tim Buchanan on a morning ride to visit each tree and stop to learn all about their identification, culture and natural history.   

Note to students:  Students must provide their own bicycles and helmets and plan on riding about five miles on flat surfaces while obeying all traffic signals. The tour will begin and end at the Gardens on Spring Creek.

Saturday, June 5  |  9:00 a.m. - Noon  |  $18

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Walking Garden Tree Tour#

catalpa trees

Rare, beautiful, and interesting trees are growing at The Gardens. Join urban forester Tim Buchanan on a morning walk through the gardens to visit each tree and stop to learn all about their identification, culture and natural history. 

Note to students:  You will walk through The Gardens during this class.  Capacity has been limited to allow for social distancing.  Please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle.  Paths are ADA accessible. 

Saturday, June 12  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Online: Vegetable Gardening - Mid-Summer Must Knows#

vegetable garden

As summer heats up there is much to do in the garden to keep your harvest healthy and abundant. This mid-summer veggie gardening class with Andrea Vanderbilt of Teach Me to Grow will cover pest and disease prevention, fertilizer basics, harvesting essentials and planting for a fall harvest. Included during this virtual class will be an open discussion around garden challenges and trouble-shooting recommendations for your home garden.

Saturday, June 19  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

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Online: Converting Your Irrigation System - Turf to Drip#

drip irrigation system

Have you considered converting a turf spray zone to a drip system? Do you have grass on the side of your house?  How about that awkward patch turf next to the driveway?  Learn from Eric Olson with the City of Fort Collins Utilities Xeriscape program on how to convert an existing sprinkler turf zone into a drip system to save up to 20,000 gallons of water annually, support pollinators and a create an attractive landscape.

During this virtual class, participants will explore on how to convert your existing turf to a drip garden from design through installation and what technology is available to assist you in the process.

Saturday, April 17  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Building a Rain Garden#

rain garden

Learn how to create your own rain garden oasis!  Rain gardens are beautiful gardens, full of native plants, that are watered only with the rain. During this virtual class class by Jessica Thrasher of Colorado Stormwater Center, Colorado State University, participants will cover design, sizing and plant choice to conserve water and save money on your water bill!

Saturday, May 1  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Just Drip It!#

drip irrigation system

This virtual class by Jason Brown of Summit Lawn and Landscape 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 cover residential applications for our climate and plant materials.  

Saturday, May 8  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

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Online: Planting for Pollinators#

monarch butterfly on a milkweed plant

Learn how to create a beautiful and ecologically beneficial garden to attractive all forms of pollinators from Kelly Kellow of the Gardens on Spring Creek.  This virtual class with cover basic Fort Collins pollinator identification, list of plant varieties that support pollinators and how to incorporate these plants and nesting structure into your existing garden design.  

Saturday, April 17  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  | $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Homemade Lotion Bars#

lotion bar

Concerned about what you put on your skin?  Homemade lotion bars are the perfect solution!  In this virtual class by Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls, learn how to make lotion bars using natural ingredients. They help soothe dry, chapped skin and they are one of the simplest DIY projects you can make at home.

Saturday, April 24  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

Register Now

Online: Homemade Cheese - Ricotta and Mozzarella#

homemade cheese

A fun introduction to making your own fresh, creamy homemade ricotta and mozzarella.  This virtual class with Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls will show you it's easier than you can imagine and so decadent, you will never go back to store-bought cheese.

Saturday, May 1  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

Register Now

Online: Composting 101#

compost

Join us for a virtual dive into the compost pile!  Jamie Blanchard-Poling, the Compost Queen, will cover what composting is, why it is important, the basic skills, troubleshooting compost challenges and finding the best composting option for your lifestyle.  

Saturday, May 8  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Makin' Your Own Homemade Bacon#

cooking bacon

Tired of flabby, nitrate-filled bacon from mega-chain grocery stores?  Well bacon lovers, this workshop from Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls is for you.  You will learn the steps to transform ordinary pork belly into flavorful bacon. Students will get to sample home cured bacon in class.

Saturday, June 5  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In-Person

Register Now

Online: Vegetable Gardening - Mid-Summer Must Knows#

vegetable garden

As summer heats up there is much to do in the garden to keep your harvest healthy and abundant. This mid-summer veggie gardening class with Andrea Vanderbilt of Teach Me to Grow will cover pest and disease prevention, fertilizer basics, harvesting essentials and planting for a fall harvest. Included during this virtual class will be an open discussion around garden challenges and trouble-shooting recommendations for your home garden.

Saturday, June 19  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

Register Now

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Join Karen Ramsay, Watercolor Artist and Instructor as she leads students in filling their watercolor sketchbooks during the different seasons at The Gardens.  Students need to be familiar with watercolor as this is not a beginning class.

This series is perfect for the:

  • Journal-keepers who want to add illustrations to their writing
  • Artists who want to fill their sketchbooks
  • Gardeners and naturalists who want to learn about the world around them
  • Travelers who want to record their journeys

Through instruction, demonstrations and free exploration time, students will be able to capture the beauty The Gardens offers. 

Note to students:  For courses in this series, students will need to purchase their own materials.  A material list will be provided upon registration.  Classes will be outdoors, as weather allows and with limited capacity to allow for social distancing.  For outside classes, please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible.

Watercolor Journaling: Tropical Flora#

Saturday, April 17  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Watercolor Journaling: Cactus Blooms#

Saturday, June 12  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Watercolor Journaling: Summer#

Saturday, July 10  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Online: Planting for Pollinators#

monarch butterfly on a milkweed plant

Learn how to create a beautiful and ecologically beneficial garden to attractive all forms of pollinators from Kelly Kellow of the Gardens on Spring Creek.  This virtual class with cover basic Fort Collins pollinator identification, list of plant varieties that support pollinators and how to incorporate these plants and nesting structure into your existing garden design.  

Saturday, April 17  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  | $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Uncommon and Underused Perennials#

Mentzelia decapetala

Learn uncommon yet easy-to-grow plants, including many that will be available at The Gardens' Spring Plant Sale.  Most are drought tolerant, and this virtual class by Sherry Fuller of the Gardens on Spring Creek will also take a look at varieties great for pollinators, with long bloom times, natives and species your neighbors will envy, and other themes.  Leave with a great plant list for your garden! 

Saturday, April 17  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Converting Your Irrigation System - Turf to Drip#

drip irrigation system

Have you considered converting a turf spray zone to a drip system? Do you have grass on the side of your house?  How about that awkward patch turf next to the driveway?  Learn from Eric Olson with the City of Fort Collins Utilities Xeriscape program on how to convert an existing sprinkler turf zone into a drip system to save up to 20,000 gallons of water annually, support pollinators and a create an attractive landscape.

During this virtual class, participants will explore on how to convert your existing turf to a drip garden from design through installation and what technology is available to assist you in the process.

Saturday, April 17  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Building a Rain Garden#

rain garden

Learn how to create your own rain garden oasis!  Rain gardens are beautiful gardens, full of native plants, that are watered only with the rain. During this virtual class class by Jessica Thrasher of Colorado Stormwater Center, Colorado State University, participants will cover design, sizing and plant choice to conserve water and save money on your water bill!

Saturday, May 1  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Just Drip It!#

drip irrigation system

This virtual class by Jason Brown of Summit Lawn and Landscape 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 cover residential applications for our climate and plant materials.  

Saturday, May 8  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

Register Now

Online: Composting 101#

Online: Composting 101

Join us for a virtual dive into the compost pile!  Jamie Blanchard-Poling, the Compost Queen, will cover what composting is, why it is important, the basic skills, troubleshooting compost challenges and finding the best composting option for your lifestyle.  

Saturday, May 8  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5

Note:  The price for this class is reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation

Register Now

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Yoga and Tai Chi in The Gardens#

people doing tai chi

Stretch your limbs and your mind in the early morning garden light. 

The Gardens partners with local instructors to provide socially-distanced yoga and tai chi classes on the Great Lawn on Saturday mornings.

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Forest Bathing#

forest bathing

You are invited to experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. This quiet, slow paced, contemplative walk integrates gratitude, individual reflection, and creative group process. The Guide opens the door, the Forest is the therapist.  This series is lead by Maria Fenty. A.A.S, C.M.T., Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Nature and BodyWork Therapies.

Note to students:  You will walk through The Gardens during this class.  Capacity has been limited to allow for social distancing.  Please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle.  Paths are ADA accessible. 

Saturday, May 8  |  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  |  $18

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Saturday, June 19  |  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  |  $18

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