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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

Beekeeping Series
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Introduction to Beekeeping

This class will provide the student with an overview of beekeeping regulations in the community, the basics of bee biology, equipment needs and sourcing, hive placement criteria and the importance of pertinent note taking.

Saturday, February 4  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  | $10 Virtual or $18 In Person

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bee package

Installing Bee Packages

Bees will be here soon!  This class will begin with a question and answer period and then proceed to demonstrate how to install your bees into their new home.

Saturday, April 15  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $18 In Person

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Bees in Hive

Post-Installation Hive Check-up 

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

Note to Students: Bring your gear

Saturday, June 3 |  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.  |  $18 In Person

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queen bee

Beginning the Wind Down—Fall and Winter Management

Hard to believe 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: Bring your gear

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

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Cooking and Nutrition
cooking tomatoes

Get Your Veg On and Make Plants First!

Anyone interested in learning more about primarily plant-based eating and enjoying the fruits of the garden and sacredness of the bountiful earth?  Join Lisa Boesen, Certified Vegan Chef and owner of ItsYourSeason to expand your knowledge and your palette with plant-based, plant-slant, Mediterranean cuisine and more.  Learn about cool produce to enjoy in the Northern Colorado area and receive your own personal Plants-First Workbook!

Saturday, February 4  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual

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jars of pickles

Easy Quick Pickling

Learn just how easy (and tasty) the quick pickle process can be. Join Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls to learn how to make a fermentation jar, how to make several quick pickles and sample various quick pickles.  Note:  this is a demonstration class. Students will receive recipes for quick pickles made in class.

Saturday, February 18  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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Fine Arts and Crafts
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Botanical Illustration: Drawing Foliage, Fruits and Flowers in Graphite Pencil

Join us for an afternoon with instructor Jan Latona, a certified Botanic Illustrator. This class will provide instruction and hands-on experience in basic drawing skills and techniques in drawing foliage, fruits and flowers.

Saturday, January 14  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $45 In Person

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watercolor of flowers

Introduction to Watercolor - Beginning Watercolor

This one-day workshop will start your watercolor journey. Join Karen Ramsay, watercolor artist and instructor to learn the fundamentals of the watercolor medium and the exciting way of applying paint in a fresh and vibrant way. The day will be spent setting up students' palette of paints, learning and painting varied techniques and applying them in a simple painting. This information will be the jumpstart you need to become a watercolor artist indoors and out in nature!

Saturday, January 21  | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  |  $85 In Person

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botanical illustration of flower and bee

Botanical Illustration: Drawing Foliage, Fruit and Flowers in Pen

Join us for an afternoon with instructor Jan Latona, a certified Botanic Illustrator. This class will provide instruction and hands-on experience in basic drawing skills and techniques in drawing foliage, fruits and flowers.

Saturday, January 28  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $45 In Person

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watercolor painting of a butterfly

Butterflies Gone Wild in Watercolor

This one-day workshop will be a fun and expressive time of "capturing butterflies" in watercolor!  Geared for the student that is already familiar with watercolors, participants will learn different techniques, that will allow for a more creative - impressionist approach to painting butterflies. Karen Ramsay, watercolor artist and instructor, will provide photos to work from and some additional supplies. If you have a your own, please bring along.

Note to students: Students will need to be familiar with the watercolor medium and provide their own supplies.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Saturday, February 11  |  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  |  $85 In Person

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person dyeing cloth

Introduction to Botanical Dyeing: Silk Scarves

Did you ever want to try your hand at dyeing cloths with natural elements?  Join TeDi Jansen with Small Acre Farm to  scour (wash), mordant and dye silk scarves using marigolds!

Saturday, May 6  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  $50 In Person

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Mastering Flower Photography, Wild and Domestic

Join local professional photographer Bob Dean for this two-hour class to learn how to make strong images of wild or cultivated flowers using a camera or smartphone. The class will cover both the technical and the artistic aspects of image making.

Saturday, June 3  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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indigo dyeing

Botanical Dyeing: Fresh Indigo and Silk Scarves

Did you ever want to try your hand at dyeing cloths with natural elements?  Join TeDi Jansen with Small Acre Farm to learn proper scouring (washing) and dyeing techniques with fresh indigo.  Participants will blend the indigo and dye silk scarves with a hand application method.

Saturday, July 15  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  $50 In Person

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Gardening and Horticulture
Seedlings in greenhouse

Perennial Propagation

Join Sherry Fuller, former Gardens on Spring Creek curator, as she covers the basics of perennial propagation including seeding, cuttings and division.  Students will also learn about seed dormancy issues and how to accommodate them through stratification and scarification.

Saturday, January 21  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $18 In Person

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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soil and plant roots

Seeing Soil: Agroecology + Medicinal Gardens

In this workshop, garden enthusiasts (new and experienced) will dive into the science and art of soil health from a medicinal perspective.  Learn from Amy Kousch, head grower and owner of Berchta Botanicals about living root systems of medicinal plants and how to incorporate these subterranean communities into landscapes in practical ways.  Students will leave with resources to help them grow.

Saturday, February 4  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $20 In Person

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emerald ash borer damage

Japanese Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer:  What You Need to Know

In recent years, two new insects that have serious potential to damage landscapes and gardens have become established in Colorado: emerald ash borer and Japanese beetle. Both have been spreading in the state and will become increasingly important in the Fort Collins area in the near future.  In this class, students will learn from Whitney Cranshaw, Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Colorado State University about these two insects - how to recognize them, what kinds of injury they may produce, how they live and what can be done to manage them.

Saturday, February 11  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In Person

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medicinal seeds

Seeds and Medicinal Plant Science: Agroecology + Medicinal Gardens

In this workshop, geared toward all gardening levels, students will explore the fascinating world of medicinal plants from the perspective of seed science. Learn from Amy Kousch, head grower and owner of Berchta Botanicals practical medicinal plant information and engage in hands-on seed-starting techniques.  Attendees will leave with resources and medicinal plant starter packs!

Saturday, February 18  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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tomatoes on the vine

Let’s Grow Great Tomatoes and Peppers!

Dizzy looking at all the varieties and types of tomatoes and peppers?  Stuck in analysis paralysis trying to choose which to grow? Wishing to be more successful growing the peppers and tomatoes you already love to grow?

Learn the ins and outs of growing these garden favorites from Mary Miller, Community Gardens and Outreach Coordinator for the Gardens on Spring Creek and explore methods to reach successful harvests. The class will cover agronomic information, differing types of both peppers and tomatoes, plant spacing, tips on choosing varieties and care and maintenance of these plants in your garden.  Whether the preference is for peppers that are mild or spicy, or tomatoes that are sweet or tangy, participants will adventure into the big world of these garden gems.

Saturday, February 25  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In Person

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Veggies growing in rows

Vegetable Gardening in Low Water Conditions

Students in this class will learn how to grow strong, healthy vegetables!  Susan Bonsall, Master Gardener with Larimer County Extension will go over how to create the best soil conditions possible, how to use efficient watering systems that reduce the amount of water needed and how to retain soil moisture.  Participants will also learn about water-saving techniques such as planting in blocks, controlling weeds, grouping plants with similar water needs, how to protect plants from the wind and how to shade certain plants plus where to find vegetable seed varieties that are designed for low water conditions and more!

Saturday, March 11  | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual

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Hands holding compost

Composting 101

Join Jamie Blanchard-Poling, owner of Compost Queen, for a dive into the compost pile.  Students will learn what composting is, why it's important, how to compost successfully, how to use compost in your yard, the science behind composting and more!  Class will include a visit to The Gardens Compost Demonstration Site, weather allowing.

Saturday, March 11  |  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  | $18 In-Person

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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wasp

Wasps!

For many people the term “wasp” brings to mind a pesky yellowjacket that disrupts outdoor dining or perhaps the “murder hornet” that made news. However, there are hundreds of kinds of insects found in Colorado that are called wasps, and they vary enormously in habitat. Some sting, many do not and some are highly beneficial to gardeners.  Whitney Cranshaw, Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Colorado State University will review the Colorado wasps and help students learn how to recognize them, better understand how they live and if necessary, how to manage them.

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

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green vegetables

Grow Your Own Veggies

Create your own food-producing gardens at home.  Get tips on garden size, site selection, container possibilities, choosing seeds and transplants from Mary Miller, Community Gardens and Outreach Coordinator for the Gardens on Spring Creek. Learn how and when to plant, tend and harvest your garden. Some fan favorites from our annual Spring Plant Sale will be highlighted for inspiration!

Saturday, March 25  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In Person

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raised garden bed

Easy-on-the-Back Raised Bed Gardening

Gardening is mentally engaging, but it doesn't have to be physically challenging. Learn from Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls about how raised beds are adaptive to mobility or accessibility issues for any age gardener.

Saturday, March 25  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In-Person

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medicinal herbs

Planning your Farmacy: Agroecology and Medicinal Gardens

In this hands-on workshop, suitable for all levels of garden experience, we will dive into the science and art of designing a backyard garden that will serve as a pharmacy for you and your family's needs. Learn from Amy Kousch, head grower and owner of Berchta Botanicals scenario planning, site and soil considerations, individual needs and agroecology. Participants will leave with plants and learning material.

Saturday, April 1  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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bonsai tree

Bonsai Care and Spring Repotting

Spring is the perfect time to start anew. Explore the art of bonsai practice with Brian Adams, bonsai practitioner.  During this class, participants will learn the basics of bonsai care and maintenance. Included in the class will be a repotting demonstration. Students will have the choice to observe, bring their own tree or purchase a tree through the class.  Attendees will have the choice of small indoor trees like Ficus, schefflera or dwarf jade, as well as small ceramic pots.

Saturday, April 15  |  1 - 3  p.m.  |  $18 In Person  |  $40 with Tree Purchase

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electric yard tool

Zero-Emission Garden Tools

We all know now is the time to get off fossil-fuels, for future generations and the viability of the planet, but what can we do?  Mason Vollmer, horticultural educator and author will share how advances in battery technology have moved cordless tools from toys to cutting-edge tools needed for a quieter, cleaner and greener world.

Saturday, April 22  |  1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In Person

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Sustainable Garden

Sustainable Landscaping Practices

Growing for the health of the earth and building around its natural ecosystems will prove to be the future of gardening and landscaping.  Deryn Davidson, Sustainable Landscape State Specialist with Colorado State University Extension will go over the principles of sustainable landscaping, talk about why it’s important to start shifting to these principals and how people can implement these best practices in their own yards.  This class will be based on the Landscape for Life program.

Saturday, April 29  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual  |  $18 In Person

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potted herbs

The Art of Herb Growing

There is nothing like having fresh herbs to add to your favorite dish or tea, especially when they are growing right there at home.  Join Jessica Clarke, horticulturist with the Gardens on Spring Creek to learn the art of growing herbs both inside and out. Participants will learn how to pick herbs to suite your tastes, grow them with ease, care for them and process them for use after the growing season.

Saturday, May 6  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $18 In Person

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tree in City Park

Notable Tree Bike Tour

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.

Saturday, June 3  |  9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  | $18 In Person

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

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catalpa trees

Trees of the Gardens Walking Tour

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 learn about their identification, culture and natural history.

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

Note to students: This is an outside class. Please wear appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible.

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Urban Homesteading Classes
jar of pickles

Easy Quick Pickling

Learn just how easy (and tasty) the quick pickle process can be. Join Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls to learn how to make a fermentation jar, how to make several quick pickles and sample various quick pickles.  Note:  this is a demonstration class. Students will receive recipes for quick pickles made in class.

Saturday, February 18  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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Hands holding Compost

Composting 101

Join Jamie Blanchard-Poling, owner of Compost Queen, for a dive into the compost pile.  Students will learn what composting is, why it's important, how to compost successfully, how to use compost in your yard, the science behind composting and more!  Class will include a visit to The Gardens Compost Demonstration Site, weather allowing.

Saturday, March 11  |  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  | $18 In-Person

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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Vegetables growing in rows

Vegetable Gardening in Low Water Conditions

Students in this class will learn how to grow strong, healthy vegetables!  Susan Bonsall, Master Gardener with Larimer County Extension will go over how to create the best soil conditions possible, how to use efficient watering systems that reduce the amount of water needed and how to retain soil moisture.  Participants will also learn about water-saving techniques such as planting in blocks, controlling weeds, grouping plants with similar water needs, how to protect plants from the wind and how to shade certain plants plus where to find vegetable seed varieties that are designed for low water conditions and more!

Saturday, March 11  | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual

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homemade lip balm

Natural Lip Balm

Skip the petroleum products and learn how to make lip balm with just a few natural ingredients from Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls.  Not only are they easy to make, but they make wonderful gifts as well.  Note:  this is a demonstration class. Students will receive lip balm and recipes.

Saturday, April 22  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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Watercolor Journaling Series
watercolor flower painting

Watercolor Journaling Series

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

watercolor columbine

Introduction to Watercolor Journaling

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

Saturday, March 25  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $65 In Person

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angel trumpet flower watercolor

Tropical Flora

During this class, students will focus on capturing the exotic colors and textures of the Butterfly House's tropical flora, in person and from photographs in the classroom.

Saturday, April 15  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. |  $65 In Person

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watercolor iris

Spring Gardens

During this class, students will focus on capturing The Gardens in the bloom of spring!  

Saturday, May 6  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $65 In Person

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water color cactus

Cacti

The Gardens has the largest collection of cold-hardy cacti in the region.  During this class, students will focus on capturing the beauty and textures of the Cactus Garden.

Saturday, June 10  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $65 In Person

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watercolor cone flowers

Mid-Summer Gardens

During this class, students will focus on capturing the beauty and textures of The Gardens in the bloom of summer.

Saturday, July 15  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $65 In Person

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Wellness Classes
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Yoga and Tai Chi in The Gardens

Embrace the natural setting of our botanical gardens with weekly tai chi and yoga classes.

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spring fruit blossoms

Soul Healing with the Seasons: Spring Equinox Workshop

In this series, instructors Amanda Shannon and Celine Burgett will help participants reach their highest potential for healing and growth as it pertains to each season. Utilizing yoga, conscious breathwork and meditation, each participant will be invited to dive deep and uncover what the season has in store for healing, opening up and thriving in one’s true nature.

Saturday, March 18  |  9 a.m. - Noon  |  $50 In Person

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Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing is based on the Japanese practice of “Shinrin Yoku.”  It is a multi-sensorial, nature mindfulness experience that uses grounding exercises to connect with nature leaving participants refreshed and relaxed. During this experience, students will be guided mindfully around The Gardens and invited to unplug, engage the senses, talk less and listen more.  Maria Fenty. A.A.S, C.M.T., Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Nature and BodyWork Therapies will take participants on a quiet, contemplative walk that integrates gratitude, reflection and creativity. 

Note to students:  Participants will walk through The Gardens, so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing.  Paths are ADA accessible. Wavier must be signed by all participants.

Saturday, March 25  | 1 - 3 p.m. |  $25 In Person

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Saturday, April 22  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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Saturday, May 13  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  $25 In Person

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Xeric and Waterwise
seedlings

Perennial Propagation

Join Sherry Fuller, former Gardens on Spring Creek curator, as she covers the basics of perennial propagation including seeding, cuttings and division.  Students will also learn about seed dormancy issues and how to accommodate them through stratification and scarification.

Saturday, January 21  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 In Person

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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meadow garden

Meadow Gardens

Take a deep dive into design, installation and upkeep of increasingly popular meadow gardens. Spend time with Gardens on Spring Creek Curator of Plant Collections, Bryan Fischer, who will speak to regionally-appropriate meadow gardens using The Gardens’ Prairie Garden as a step-by-step example to teach about these living systems. Bryan will also include examples from his home meadow garden and from nature.

Saturday, January 28  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $5 Virtual  |  $10 In Person

Note to students:  Weather permitting, we will tour The Gardens at the end of the class.  Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Paths are ADA accessible.

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Colorado water wise garden

Embracing Colorado Gardening

Perhaps you’re a transplant to Colorado, but that’s no reason to transplant your old gardening ways to a new home!  In this class, Bev Shaw with Plant Select will explore plants that will actually thrive in Colorado - even some that are easier here than elsewhere - and consider a new western aesthetic. No more “gardening in Colorado is too hard!”

Saturday, January 28  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5 Virtual  |  $10 In-Person

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iris in garden design

Basics of Landscaping Design

Personalize your home garden with today’s techniques of landscaping.  Learn from Deryn Davidson, Sustainable Landscape State Specialist with Colorado State University Extension a brief history of design in the landscape and what you can do to bring harmony and interest to your garden, large or small.  Students will learn elements and principles of design, how to do an analysis of a site and how to start planning an outdoor space into a work of art.

Saturday, February 18  | 1 - 3 p.m.  | $10 In Person

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monarch butterfly in prairie garden

Gardening For Insects – or Not!

The benefits of improving habitat for various desirable insects has increasingly been recognized. While the general principles of how this is achieved  are often well known for insects such as butterflies and some kinds of bees, the details on how to adapt these practices to local conditions is necessary for them to be most effectively applied. During this class, students will learn from Whitney Cranshaw, Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Colorado State University how to build up populations of a wide range of “good bugs” that one can find around Fort Collins - from butterflies and hummingbird moths, to various kinds of bees.  Additionally, students will learn about the natural enemies of insect pests and what can be done to avoid a few that are less desirable, such as the miller moths. 

Saturday, February 25  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5 Virtual  |  $10 In Person

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compost

Composting 101

Join Jamie Blanchard-Poling, owner of Compost Queen, for a dive into the compost pile.  Students will learn what composting is, why it's important, how to compost successfully, how to use compost in your yard, the science behind composting and more!  Class will include a visit to The Gardens Compost Demonstration Site, weather allowing.

Saturday, March 11  |  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  | $10 In-Person

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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rows of vegetables

Vegetable Gardening in Low Water Conditions

Students in this class will learn how to grow strong, healthy vegetables!  Susan Bonsall, Master Gardener with Larimer County Extension will go over how to create the best soil conditions possible, how to use efficient watering systems that reduce the amount of water needed and how to retain soil moisture.  Participants will also learn about water-saving techniques such as planting in blocks, controlling weeds, grouping plants with similar water needs, how to protect plants from the wind and how to shade certain plants plus where to find vegetable seed varieties that are designed for low water conditions and more!

Saturday, March 11  | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10 Virtual

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aster blooms

Growing Native Plants on a Budget

Join Emma Pett, Water Conservation Technician with City of Fort Collins Utilities to learn how to grow drought-tolerant, native plants for your garden on a budget. This is a hands-on class, as students will plant several species from seed to take home and grow out. Participants will learn about the different treatments used to germinate native plant seeds, other propagation techniques and how to transplant seedlings.

Saturday, April 1  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10 In Person

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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uncommon perennial

Uncommon and Underused Perennials

Learn about uncommon, yet easy-to grow plants, including many that will be available at The Gardens' Spring Plant Sale.  Sherry Fuller, former Gardens on Spring Creek curator, will look at many drought tolerant varieties as well as those great for pollinators, with long bloom times, natives and species your neighbors will envy. Leave with a great plant list for your garden!

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

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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drip irrigation system

Converting your Irrigation System: Spray to Drip

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 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 class, Eric Olson with City of Fort Collins Utilities will explore 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 15  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5 Virtual  |  $10 In Person

Note to students: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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drip irrigation system

Just Drip It!

In this class, Jason Brown, owner of Simple Leaf Consulting, will cover the basics of drip irrigation. Learn the components, tools and fundamentals to create a simple watering system for your patio, vegetable garden or flower beds. This class will cover residential applications for our climate.

Saturday, April 29  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10 In Person

Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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rotary irrigation

Rotate to Rotary

Learn how to improve your watering efficiency with just the twist of the wrist!  Replace your spray nozzles and enjoy the improved coverage and less water waste from high pressure. Rotary nozzles handle high water pressure better, and the water is less affected by wind.  In this class, Eric Olson with City of Fort Collins Utilities will review the steps to determine the correct nozzles for the zone, then move outside to install and adjust these nozzles with live water.

Saturday, April 29  |  1 - 3 p.m.  |  $5 Virtual  |  $10 In Person

Note to students: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation.

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a watering can in a garden

Sustainable Landscaping Practices

Growing for the health of the earth and building around its natural ecosystems will prove to be the future of gardening and landscaping.  Deryn Davidson, Sustainable Landscape State Specialist with Colorado State University Extension will go over the principles of sustainable landscaping, talk about why it’s important to start shifting to these principals and how people can implement these best practices in their own yards.  This class will be based on the Landscape for Life program.

Saturday, April 29  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5 Virtual  |  $10 In Person

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Japanese beetle

The Japanese Beetle Resistant Landscape

This summer did you encounter Japanese beetles in your garden and wander how to protect your plants from them?  Join Alison O’Connor, Horticulture Agent with Larimer County Extension, in learning more about these beautiful yet highly destructive beetles.  This class will cover the biology of Japanese beetles, how they affect both the lawn and landscape, including control options for management.

Saturday, May 6  |  1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $5 Virtual  |  $10 In-Person

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