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Out of an abundance of caution, and to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, the City of Fort Collins is acting on direction from state leadership and public health partners and has closed all cultural facilities. We are working with state and local officials to determine a plan for reopening and will communicate details as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time.

For current updates visit: https://www.fcgov.com/eps/coronavirus

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. 

Urban Homesteading

Making Homemade Butter at Home

Making Homemade Butter at Home

Please note:  This class will only be offered through ZOOM. Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Can't get enough butter? This class is for you! We will discuss the process of making butter and then get busy making our own homemade butter at home and create compound butters with honey, herbs and spices. Material list and hands instruction will be provided.

Instructor: Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls (https://urbanoveralls.net/

Date: June 13, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Register

Vegetable Troubleshooting: Managing Pests and Diseases

vegetable garden

Please note:  This class will offer a distance learning option.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Vegetable pests and diseases are two main causes of trouble in the garden. During this class we will examine some common pests, diseases and abiotic disorders of vegetables crops and what to do about them including cultural controls commonly known as good gardening practices, mechanical controls and some biological and botanical  /biologically-based controls.

Instructor: Susan Bonsall, Master Gardener, Larimer County Extension

Date: June 13, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.              

Cost:

  • At the Gardens: $18
  • Live Zoom: $10

Register

Maximizing and Extending your Vegetable Harvest

carrots

Please note:  This class will offer a distance learning option.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Now that your plants are in the ground, we will explore the skills needed to keep your garden healthy and producing well into the fall. We will cover mid-summer pest and disease control, harvesting essentials, and preparing for fall through succession planting and season extension strategies.

Instructor: Andrea Vanderbilt, Founder and Owner of Teach Me to Grow (https://www.teachmetogrow.com/)

Date: June 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost:

  • At the Gardens: $18
  • Live Zoom: $10

Register

Art

Watercolor Journaling: Tropical Flora

Watercolor Journaling: Tropical Flora

Come join us as we fill our watercolor sketchbooks during the different seasons at the gardens. During this class we will be focusing on capturing the exotic colors and textures of the Butterfly House’s Tropical Flora, in person and from photographs in the classroom.

These series are 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 offerNote to students: Students will need to purchase their own materials. Material list will be provided upon registration.

Instructor: Karen Ramsay, Watercolor Artist and Instructor http://karenramsay.squarespace.com/bio/

Date:  June 6, 19:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

Register

Gardening

Vegetable Troubleshooting: Managing Pests and Diseases

vegetable garden

Please note:  This class will offer a distance learning option.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Vegetable pests and diseases are two main causes of trouble in the garden. During this class we will examine some common pests, diseases and abiotic disorders of vegetables crops and what to do about them including cultural controls commonly known as good gardening practices, mechanical controls, and some biological and botanical/biologically-based controls.

Instructor: Susan Bonsall, Master Gardener, Larimer County Extension

Date: June 13, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.              

Cost:

  • At the Gardens: $18
  • Live Zoom: $10

Register

Fort Collins Notable Tree Bike Tour

Fort Collins 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.                                                                                                  

Note to students:   Students will provide their own bicycles, helmets and plan on riding about 5 miles on flat surfaces while obeying all traffic signals. The tour will begin and end at the Gardens on Spring Creek and travel around CSU, City Park and the surrounding areas.

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

Instructor: Tim Buchanan, Urban Forester

Date: June 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Maximizing and Extending your Vegetable Harvest

carrots

Please note:  This class will offer a distance learning option.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Now that your plants are in the ground, we will explore the skills needed to keep your garden healthy and producing well into the fall. We will cover mid-summer pest and disease control, harvesting essentials, and preparing for fall through succession planting and season extension strategies.

Date: June 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost:

  • At the Gardens: $18
  • Live Zoom: $10

Register

Garden Design, Irrigation, and Construction

The Prairie Garden

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Please note:  This class is only available through distance learning.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Take a deep dive into our new Prairie Garden that is inspired by North American's grassland landscapes, including short, medium and tall grass prairies in addition to portions of the North American steppe. Spend time with 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 to your own home garden.

Instructor: Bryan Fischer, Horticulturalist, Gardens on Spring Creek 

Date: May 30, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Register

Converting Your Irrigation System

Converting Your Irrigation System

Please note:  This class is only available through distance learning.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

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 you will learn 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.

Instructor: Eric Olson, City of Fort Collins Utilities (https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/residential/conserve/water-efficiency/xeriscape)

Date: May 30, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 (Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation)

Register

The Frugal Landscaper: When to Save and When to Splurge

The Frugal Landscaper: When to Save and When to Splurge

Please note:  This class is only available through distance learning.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

In this class, we will build a budget for a home landscaping project including opportunities to save money and advice on where to throw extra funds. We will uncover the resources other local DIY’ers have used to keep costs low and aesthetics high in their low-water landscapes.

Instructor: Katie Collins, Fort Collins Utilities, Xeriscape Programs (https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/residential/conserve/water-efficiency/xeriscape)

Date: May 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 (Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation)

Register

The Themed Gardens

roses

Please note:  This class will offer a distance learning option.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Take a deep dive into our new Themed Gardens; Plant Select, Rose, Fragrance, Moon, Butterfly & Hummingbird, and Great Lawn gardens. A diverse and inspiring group of gardens, each provides rich plant diversity and inspiring design for the home gardener. Spend time with the lead horticulturist of this garden to get a better sense of the design, plants and maintenance of this beautiful landscape.     

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

Instructor: Rita Jokerst, Horticulturalist, Gardens on Spring Creek Horticulturalist

Date: June 20, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost:

  • At the Gardens: $18
  • Live Zoom: $10

Register

Wellness

Plant-based Me! Exploring the Power of a Primarily Plant-based Diet

Plant-based Me! Exploring the Power of a Primarily Plant-based Diet

Please note:  This class will offer a distance learning option.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

Take a dive into the world of plant-based, plant-slant, vegan, and more...through lecture, workshop and delicious tastings. In this two-hour 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; receive tips and tools to take a two-week test drive with primary plant-based eating; taste some easy plant-based dishes; and experience a fresh look at familiar fresh foods.

Note to students:  Please let us know of any dietary restrictions and we will make sure we communicate ingredients clearly. 

Instructor: Lisa Boesen, MAOM, CMC, Owner of MLC Associates, LLC  https://itsyourseason.life/

Date: June 6, 10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Cost:

  • At the Gardens: $25
  • Live Zoom: $15

Register

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.

Note to students:  We will walk through the Garden during this class please wear appropriate shoes and/or clothing. Paths are ADA accessible. Wavier must be signed by all participants.

Instructor: Maria Fenty. A.A.S, C.M.T.,  Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Nature and BodyWork Therapies

Date: June 6, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Waterwise and Sustainability

Converting Your Irrigation System

Converting Your Irrigation System

Please note:  This class is only available through distance learning.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

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 your 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

Instructor: Eric Olson, City of Fort Collins Utilities (https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/residential/conserve/water-efficiency/xeriscape)

Date: May 30, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $10 (Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation)

Register

The Frugal Landscaper: When to Save and When to Splurge

The Frugal Landscaper: When to Save and When to Splurge

Please note:  This class is only available through distance learning.  Instructions to view the class via ZOOM will be sent following registration.

In this class, we will build a budget for a home landscaping project including opportunities to save money and advice on where to throw extra funds. We will uncover the resources other local DIY’ers have used to keep costs low and aesthetics high in their low-water landscapes.

Instructor: Katie Collins, Fort Collins Utilities, Xeriscape Programs (https://www.fcgov.com/utilities/residential/conserve/water-efficiency/xeriscape)

Date: May 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 (Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation)

Register

Garden to Fork with The Cooking Studio

Garden to Fork Cooking Classes

Garden to Fork Cooking Classes

Evening is the perfect time to enjoy The Gardens. Come cook with the professional chefs from The Cooking Studio Fort Collins, sip wine and share a feast in the twilight. Garden to Fork classes are hands-on and everyone works together to complete the recipes. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and all materials will be provided.

Note to students: Classes are subject to cancellation if there is inclement weather. If that should occur full refunds will be offered.

Cost: Adult (21+ only) $65

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • August 4, 18, 25
  • September 8 and 22

Class topics and registration coming soon!