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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.

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

Urban Homesteading Series: Learn all about what it takes to turn your home into a productive and creative space. Urban Homesteading classes cover a range of topics that take you from the garden, the workshop and all the way to the kitchen. Your grandma will be proud! Classes are stand alone.

Art: Explore The Gardens through the different mediums of art. Each class brings different skills to engage your inner artist. Beginner and intermediate options available.

Gardening: From demystifying your home veggie garden to learning about the Giant Sequoia, we have topics cued up for beginning to advanced gardeners looking to hone their skills.

Gardening Design, Irrigation, and Construction: The nuts and bolts of successfully planning out and installing the garden or patio of your dream. Learn from top notch landscape designers and experts in the field to plan, develop and install a smart waterwise garden. 

Cooking and Wellness: Savor the delicious tastes of the garden this spring and build a wellness routine around plants. 

Waterwise and Sustainability: Learn techniques to save water in the garden this year and obtain the knowledge to plant a more sustainable design for long term water savings. Irrigation conversion class to a sustainable garden design workshop will have you more than covered this growing season. 

Gardens Refund Policy

Watercolor Journaling Series

Come join us as we fill our watercolor sketchbooks during the different seasons at The Gardens. Students need to be familiar with watercolor as this is not a beginner's 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, you will be able to capture the beauty The Gardens offers with Karen Ramsay, Watercolor Artist and Instructor.

Note to students: Students will need to purchase their own materials. Material list will be provided upon registration.

Covid 19: Classes are capped at 10 students and masks are required.

Holiday Inspiration

Please note that this class will be taught inside, with capped attendance to allow for social distancing.

Saturday, November 14  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Arts and Crafts

Online: Watercolor Wreath Holiday Cards

water color wreath card

Want to learn some simple watercolor tips and tricks? Love sending personalized greeting cards? This class will teach you how to watercolor loose flowers and leaves while arranging them around a wreath. We will be learning some practical watercolor skills that you can take into your practice as well as making some beautiful cards that will help you celebrate the holiday season! As a bonus we will show you a simple cheat method for mocking beautiful hand lettering without the hours of practice. 

Note to Students: This class does not require prior knowledge of watercolor.  Paper is provided to all participants but watercolor supply kits can be purchased and will have everything you need for the class besides a towel, masking tape, and water jars.  If you already have your own watercolors for this class it's recommended that you have dried watercolors (the set has high quality tube paints that have been dried in pans).  You will also want a pipette and mixing wells or similar container.

This class will be taught virtually only by Lacey Walker, local artisan and Chief Teaching Unicorn at Rebel Unicorn Crafts.

Saturday, November 7  |  10:30 a.m. - Noon  |  $15 

Optional $20 Beginning Watercolor Kit

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Family Holiday Wreath Making

family with holiday wreath

Come together as a family and join in the fun of creating your own natural holiday wreath from scratch!  You will attach evergreens to a 14-inch frame and embellish with a wide variety of natural materials and ribbon.  All supplies will be furnished.  However, you are welcome to bring your favorite items to add to your creation.  Examples, instructions, assistance and materials will be provided.

This class is suitable for children 10 and up, as everyone will make a wreath.  

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

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Holiday Wreath Making

holiday wreath

Join in the fun of creating your own natural holiday wreath from scratch!  You will attach evergreens to a 14-inch frame and embellish with a wide variety of natural materials and ribbon.  All supplies will be furnished.  However, you are welcome to bring your favorite items to add to your creation.  Examples, instructions, assistance and materials will be provided.

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

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Wellness

Tai Chi in The Gardens

people doing yoga

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

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Urban Homesteading

CANCELED: Makin' Your Own Bacon

cooking bacon

Makin’ Your Own Bacon

Tired of flabby, nitrate-filled bacon from mega-chain grocery stores? Well bacon lovers, this virtual workshop is for you.  You will learn the steps to transform ordinary pork belly into flavorful bacon. The process will be demonstrated live by Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls.

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

Online: Natural Lip Color and Lip Balm

natural lip balm

Learn how to make your own homemade natural lip color and lip balm using natural ingredients.  Not only are they great for personal use, but they make great gifts.  A supply list will be provided so you can follow along at home.  Presented by Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls.

Saturday, November 14  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

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