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Hours

  • M-F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun: noon–5 p.m.
  • New Gardens
    M-F: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Visitor’s Center
    Closed

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Hours

  • M-F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sun: noon–5 p.m.
  • New Gardens
    M-F: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Visitor’s Center
    Closed

Contact/Location

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Calling all Lifelong Learners

The Gardens on Spring Creek aims to bring relevant, innovative and high-quality adult education for the novice and well-seasoned gardener. Join us for lectures and hands-on workshops for the inquisitive gardener, crafter, artist, budding chef, and homesteader.

Educational opportunities include a diversity of topics including gardening, ecosystem health, water conservation, cooking, fine arts, natural crafts, and urban homesteading.

Our instructors are experts in their field from the Gardens on Spring Creek, the City of Fort Collins, CSU, Larimer County Extension, and the regional horticultural and natural science community.


Upcoming Spring Classes

April

Micro-Farming: Commercial techniques on a residential scale
 

Boost your vegetable garden yields by applying basic principles of large-scale production farming to your residential space! We will cover automating your irrigation, understanding seeding techniques, employing season extension, creating crop planning worksheets and more.

Instructor: Andrea Vanderbilt, Teach Me To Grow

Cost: $18

Saturday, April 6; 10 a.m.-Noon

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Rose Selection and Growing: Best Practices and Tips
 

Tips to care for the roses you have and plan for what you want. How to select cultivars that will thrive in our climate and the proven practices for growing them. All based on first hand experience and the latest research techniques that you can easily implement.         

Instructor: Roger Heins, Rosarian & Plant Researcher

Cost: $18

Saturday, April 6; 1-3 p.m.

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How well do you know your sprinkler system?
 

Do your spray heads mist? Have you ever wondered how your sprinkler system is put together underneath your landscape? Join us for this hands-on class to better understand: how sprinkler systems are designed, how to adjust heads and nozzles, what to look for to upgrade an existing system and how to identify water loss. We will be using live water, so dress appropriately!   

Instructor: Eric Olson, City of Fort Collins Utilities    

Cost: $10
Class fee reduced by Fort Collins Utilities subsidy to support water conservation.

Saturday, April 13; 10 a.m.-Noon

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Uncommon & Underused Perennials
 

Learn uncommon yet easy to grow, drought tolerant plants including many that will be available at our Spring Plant Sale.  We will discuss pollinator-loving varieties, multi-season interest, long blooms, and cultivars that your neighbors will envy. Leave with a great plant list for your garden!  

Instructor: Sherry Fuller, Curator, The Gardens on Spring Creek        

Cost: $10
Class fee reduced by Fort Collins Utilities subsidy to support water conservation.

Saturday, April 13; 1-3 p.m.

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Waterwise Irrigation Basics and Landscape Watering Strategies
 

Learn basic irrigation components, terms, design and function. We will also cover how to water your landscape efficiently using industry standards and waterwise equipment and practices.

Instructor: Jason Brown, Summit Lawn and Landscape 

Cost: $10
Class fee reduced by Fort Collins Utilities subsidy to support water conservation. 

Saturday, April 20; 10 a.m.-Noon

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Weekend Water Savings: Simple Projects for Home
 

Learn landscape tips and get to know equipment that can take a chunk out of outdoor water use. We will discuss small landscape conversions and the easy irrigation changes that go along with them, as well as simple water management techniques. Topics discussed relate to residential sprinkler systems.

Instructor: Katie Collins, City of Fort Collins Utilities, Xeriscape Program         

Cost: $10
Class fee reduced by Fort Collins Utilities subsidy to support water conservation. 

Saturday, April 20; 1-3 p.m.

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Just Drip It!
 

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        

Cost: $10
Class fee reduced by Fort Collins Utilities subsidy to support water conservation. 

Saturday, April 27; 10 a.m.-Noon

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Growing Fruit Trees on the Front Range
 

Learn all about what it takes to grow and care for fruit trees on the Front Range. In this class we will learn about the planning needed to successfully plant a fruit tree in your space; how to select and purchase a quality tree; the proper techniques for handling and planting; pollination; training and pruning. We will also cover the basic characteristics and care needed to grow apples, pears, peaches, plums and cherries.              

Instructor: Susan Bonsall, Master Gardener, Larimer County Extension         

Cost: $18

Saturday, April 27; 1-3 p.m.

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