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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 ages 18 and over. Members receive 10% off registration.

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.

Capturing the Harvest

Please note that this class will be taught outside, weather permitting.

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

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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: Paper Quilling

rolled paper art

Paper quilling is a fun, unique way of creating art - almost like painting with paper.  The practice of paper quilling can be meditative and is a great way to de-stress.  In this class, you'll learn the basics of paper quilling, how to make basic shapes, how to compose a piece and the tools you'll need to practice this art!

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

Saturday, October 10  |  1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  |  $30

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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

Yoga and Tai Chi in The Gardens

people doing yoga

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

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Online: Plant Based Me!

plant-based foods

Take a virtual dive into the world of plant-based, plant-slant, vegan and more. In this session participants will review the most popular plant-based eating theories, listen to a personal story of transforming to a primarily plant-based eating plan and receive tips and tools to take a two-week test drive with primary plant-based eating.

This class will be taught online by Lisa Boesen, MAOM, CMC.

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

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Gardening

Online: Composting 101

hand in composted soil

Join us for a virtual dive into the compost pile.  We will cover what composting is, why it's important and the basic skills needed to compost.  The course will also troubleshoot composting challenges and find the best composting option for your lifestyle.

This class will be taught online by Jaime Blanchard-Poling, owner of Compost Queen.

Saturday, September 26  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

Class Canceled

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 learn about their identification, culture and natural history.

Note to students:  Please provide your own bicycles and helmets and plan to ride about five miles on flat surfaces.  Students must obey all traffic signals.  The tour will begin and end at The Gardens on Spring Creek and travel around Colorado State University, City Park and the surrounding areas.

Please arrive at The Gardens with enough time to be ready for a 9 a.m. departure.

Saturday, September 26  |  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  $18

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The Prairie Garden

landscape view of the prairie

Take a deep drive into our new Prairie Garden that is inspired by North America's grassland landscapes, including short-, medium- and tall-grass prairies and portions of the North American steppe.  Spend time with Bryan Fischer, Horticulturist at The Gardens on Spring Creek, the designer and lead horticulturist of this garden to get a better sense of the design, plants and maintenance of this living system, with selected insights into how to apply these meadow garden concepts into your own home garden.

Note to students:  Weather permitting, we will tour through the garden during this class.  Please wear a mask and appropriate clothing including walking shoes, hats, sunscreen, water bottle, etc.  Paths are ADA accessible.

NEW DATE

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

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Online: Preparing Your Vegetable Garden for Winter

vegetable garden

Fall is time to wind down your vegetable garden for the winter and set yourself up for the next year.  During this virtual class we will discuss fall planting, winter watering, fall pruning of fruiting perennials and overwintering perennial herbs.

This class will be taught online by Andrea Vanderbilt of Teach Me to Grow.

Saturday, October 3  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

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Online: Magical Moonlit Gardens

garden at night

Join us to virtually explore the delights and rewards of night-blooming gardens with flowers that glow in the dark, creating a perfect environment for romance, relaxation, quiet meditation or entertaining friends. As a bonus, night-blooming flowers provide sustenance to endangered moth species.

This class be taught online by Marcia Tatroe, freelance garden writer and lecturer.

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

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Online: Planting Fall Bulbs for Spring Colors

plant-based foods

Learn virtually how to plant bulbs in fall for optimal color and blooms this spring.  This online class will explore the ins and outs of spring bulbs including:  bulb ID basics, site selection and design, bulb sourcing, planting for success, pests, spring growth and care, dividing and sharing, as well as plenty of examples of specific kinds of bulbs that will bring your spring garden to life.

This class will be taught online by Master Gardener Susan Bonsall.

Saturday, October 17  |  1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  |  $10

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Urban Homesteading

Online: Preserving the Harvest

canned vegetables

Preserving is a great way to enjoy your summer's bounty well into the winter as well as save money.  This virtual class will step you through harvesting (or selecting produce from a market), produce preparation, and then preserving. Students will observe the production of fun new recipes that they can try at home.  Presented by Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls.

Saturday, September 26  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $10

Class Canceled

Online: 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

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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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