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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

Arts and Crafts Classeshighlight_off

Macro Photography in The Gardens#

person taking photos of flowers

Close-up photography is a terrific way to document small objects like flowers, plant details and butterfly wings. We will explore the technical and artistic skills needed to get great shots. We’ll spend some time in class then venture into the Gardens to practice.

Note to students: We will go into the Gardens (weather permitting) and try some of the techniques discussed during class. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes for being outside and bring their cameras and user manuals with them.

Saturday, September 11  |  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  |  $25

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Introduction to the Ancient Art of Bonsai#

bonsai tree

Come explore the beautiful and ancient art of Bonsai with professional Brian Scott Adams and how the United States has adapted the art form.  Participants in this class will go over the best species to use, indoor vs. outdoor trees, the techniques to train your tree and specifics about soil and care. Beautiful examples of trees will be available for viewing.

Saturday, October 9 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | $18 In-Person  |  $10 Online

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Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces#

succulents in a pumpkin

Build your very own garden centerpiece for the holiday season. Using pumpkins from the garden, we will adorn it with succulents, dried leaves, seed pods and silk items, creating a focal point that will elevate your table. 

Note to Students: All supplies will be provided; however, you are welcome to bring items to add to your creation. Examples, instructions, assistance and materials will be provided.

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

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Natural Lip Balms#

homemade lip balm

Looking for an alternative to highly processed, over-the-counter lip balms? Join Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls as she steps you through the process of how to make several lips balms, using natural ingredients. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts. Each student will receive one lip balm made during class.

Saturday, November 6  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  |  $25

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Homemade Lotion Bars#

lotion bar

In the world of natural beauty products, skip the store and learn how to make lotion bars home. Instructor Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls will teach you the ratios and have you creating your own unique bars in no time, using natural ingredients. And with the holidays coming up, lotion bars make great presents!  Each student will receive recipes and a lotion bar made during class.

Saturday, November 20  |  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  $25

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Holiday Wreath Making#

holiday wreath

Join in the fun of creating your own natural holiday wreath from scratch on a 14-inch frame.  You will attach evergreens and embellishing with a wide variety of natural materials and a bow if you wish. 

Note to Students: All supplies will be provided.  However, you are welcome to bring items to add to your creation.  Examples, instructions, assistance and materials will be provided.

Saturday, December 4  |  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  |  $35

Private wreath making classes are available on a limited basis for groups of 10-15. Contact akrueger@fcgov.com to schedule a private class.

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Cooking Classeshighlight_off

Makin' Your Own Homemade Bacon#

Makin' Your Own Homemade Bacon

Tired of flabby, nitrate-filled bacon from mega-chain grocery stores?  Well bacon lovers, this workshop from Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls is for you.  You will learn the steps to transform ordinary pork belly into flavorful bacon. Students will get to sample home cured bacon in class.

Saturday, September 25  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $25

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Homemade Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese#

homemade cheese

Homemade cheese is in a league of its own. The texture and flavors are sublime. But even better, they are easy to make at home. All you need are a few simple ingredients, a set of recipes and Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls to show you the steps. Students will get to sample cheeses made in class.

Saturday, October 30  | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  |  $25

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Kombucha Brewing at Home#

kombucha brewing

Brewing your own deliciously fermented Kombucha is easy!  In this class, Rachael Walker, owner of local kombucha company, Life's a Buch, will go through the step-by -step process to safely brew your very own kombucha including ingredients, keeping your SCOBY happy and healthy and adding unique and delicious flavors. 

Saturday, November 6  | 10:30 a.m. – Noon | $18 In-person  |  $10 Virtual

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Gardening Classeshighlight_off

Bonsai Show#

Bonsai Show

Bonsai is an ancient Japanese living art created by training trees using horticultural techniques and Asian aesthetics in unique and beautiful ways. Come view a collection of inspiring trees during your visit to The Gardens. Bonsai professionals will be on sight to talk about their art and answer questions.

Saturday, October 2  | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Included with Gardens Admission

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Introduction to the Ancient Art of Bonsai#

bonsai tree

Come explore the beautiful and ancient art of Bonsai with professional Brian Scott Adams and how the United States has adapted the art form.  Participants in this class will go over the best species to use, indoor vs. outdoor trees, the techniques to train your tree and specifics about soil and care. Beautiful examples of trees will be available for viewing.

Saturday, October 9  |  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  $18 In-Person  |  $10 Online

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Gardening Myths and Mysteries - Learn the Truth#

gardening tools

Not everything you have heard is true!  Based on university research, this class exposes myths that will help you grow more productive plants and save dollars and labor (time) by avoiding purchasing products and / or ingredients that are ineffective for growing plants. Learn numerous best practices for gardening from Roger Heins, Horticulture Industry Consultant

Saturday, November 13  |  10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  |  $18 In-Person  |  $10 Virtual

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Garden to Fork Cooking Classeshighlight_off

Brilliant Brassicas#

cooking with bok choy

Sip on wine and elderberry lemonade as we bring the sweet and rich brassicas of The Gardens to life.  Savor the rich flavors of sautéed broccoli with miso butter and veggie ramen with bok choy, a seven-minute egg and quick pickled turnips followed by a warm seasonal fruit compote over a cold sweet treat. This class is hands-on, all participants will help create the meal and savor the flavors under the setting sun.

Tuesday, August 3  |  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  $70

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Bushels of Berries#

berries in a basket

Sip on wine and elderberry lemonade as we bring the bright sweet flavor of berries to life.  Sample new and unusual berries while we work together to prepare sweet tea brined pork chop with berry BBQ sauce and blueberry coleslaw followed by a warm seasonal fruit compote over a cold sweet treat. This class is hands-on, all participants will help create the meal and savor the flavors under the setting sun.

Tuesday, August 17  |  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  $70

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Mild and Wild Chilies#

chilies

Sip on wine and elderberry lemonade as we highlight the diverse and unusual chilies of The Gardens. Awaken you senses as we sample exotic spicy and sweet chilies, create your own hot sauce to take home and cook a Romesco sauce with grilled vegetables and herb basted chicken followed by a warm seasonal fruit compote over a cold sweet treat. This class is hands-on, all participants will help create the meal and savor the flavors under the setting sun.

Tuesday, August 31  |  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  $70

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A Night with Nightshades#

cooking eggplant

Sip on wine and elderberry lemonade as we explore the dramatic nightshade family and learn how to incorporate their flavors into our dishes for the evening; eggplant curry with homemade red curry paste, cucumber-tomato-mint raita with grilled naan followed by a warm seasonal fruit compote over a cold sweet treat. This class is hands-on, all participants will help create the meal and savor the flavors under the setting sun.

Tuesday, September 14  |  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  $70

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An Evening with the Three Sisters#

gazpacho

Sip on wine and elderberry lemonade as we honor the symbiotic gardening relationship between the three sisters: bean, corn and squash. We will learn how to bring their flavors together in a three sisters gazpacho with herb grilled shrimp skewers and Masa biscuits. Participants will also get Masa dough to take home and bake later. Dinner will be followed by a warm seasonal fruit compote over a cold sweet treat. This class is hands-on, all participants will help create the meal and savor the flavors under the setting sun.

Tuesday, September 28  |  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  |  $70

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Poetry in The Gardens Serieshighlight_off

Drawing on the remarkable beauty of the Gardens on Spring Creek, these workshops offer participants of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to take in the extraordinary beauty around them and their personal experiences to create powerful and vivid poems. Using celebrated examples of both traditional and contemporary poetry, participants will discuss techniques such as metaphor, imagery, sound and allusion as well as introducing basic techniques for creating musicality within a poem.

Jodie Hollander, Local Poet and International Teacher

Note to students: Participants will work either outside in nature (weather permitting) or inside in a classroom. This workshop is suitable for all ages and experience levels- please bring a notebook and pen or a laptop computer. No experience necessary.

Poetry, Memory and Childhood#

Saturday, July 24  |  9:30 - 12:30  |  $40

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Poetry of Place#

Saturday, August 7  |  9:30 - 12:30  |  $40

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Poetry of Grief and Healing#

Saturday, October 2  |  9:30 - 12:30  |  $40

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Urban Homesteading Classeshighlight_off

Beekeeping: Beginning the Wind Down - Fall and Winter Management#

bee hives in fall

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

Saturday, August 21  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $18

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Makin' Your Own Homemade Bacon#

bacon

Tired of flabby, nitrate-filled bacon from mega-chain grocery stores?  Well bacon lovers, this workshop from Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls is for you.  You will learn the steps to transform ordinary pork belly into flavorful bacon. Students will get to sample home cured bacon in class.

Saturday, September 25  |  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $25

Register Now

Homemade Ricotta and Mozzarella Cheese#

homemade cheese

Homemade cheese is in a league of its own. The texture and flavors are sublime. But even better, they are easy to make at home. All you need are a few simple ingredients, a set of recipes and Connie Meyer with Urban Overalls to show you the steps. Students will get to sample cheeses made in class.

Saturday, October 30  | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  |  $25

Register Now

Kombucha Brewing at Home#

kombucha brewing

Brewing your own deliciously fermented Kombucha is easy!  In this class, Rachael Walker, owner of local kombucha company, Life's a Buch, will go through the step-by -step process to safely brew your very own kombucha including ingredients, keeping your SCOBY happy and healthy and adding unique and delicious flavors. 

Saturday, November 6  | 10:30 a.m. – Noon | $18 In-person  |  $10 Virtual

Register Now

Natural Lip Balms#

homemade lip balm

Looking for an alternative to highly processed, over-the-counter lip balms? Join Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls as she steps you through the process of how to make several lips balms, using natural ingredients. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts. Each student will receive one lip balm made during class.

Saturday, November 6  |  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.  |  $25

Register Now

Homemade Lotion Bars#

lotion bar

In the world of natural beauty products, skip the store and learn how to make lotion bars home. Instructor Connie Meyer of Urban Overalls will teach you the ratios and have you creating your own unique bars in no time, using natural ingredients. And with the holidays coming up, lotion bars make great presents!  Each student will receive recipes and a lotion bar made during class.

Saturday, November 20  |  10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  $25

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Watercolor Journaling Series#

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 and with limited capacity to allow for social distancing.  For outside classes, please wear masks, appropriate shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Paths are ADA accessible.

Watercolor Journaling: Summer Gardens#

Saturday, July 10  |  9:30 - 12:30  |  $60

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Watercolor Journaling#

Saturday, August 28  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Watercolor Journaling: Capturing the Harvest#

Saturday, September 18  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Watercolor Journaling: Capturing the Fall Gardens#

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

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Watercolor Journaling: Holiday Inspiration#

Saturday, November 13  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  $60

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Wellness Classeshighlight_off

Yoga and Tai Chi in The Gardens#

people doing yoga

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

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Garden Wellness#

Garden Wellness

Recharge your body and mind while immersed in the beautiful natural setting at The Gardens! 

Brought to you by Huerta Wellness, Garden Wellness is a unique class combining functional exercise, mobility, and breath practice. Participants will build strength, increase joint function, master fundamental movement patterns, as well as learn how to utilize their breath to improve performance, cultivate energy, and calm the body. 

Garden Wellness classes are suitable for all ages, provided you can tolerate light to moderate exercise in the morning sun. 

Note for Participants: Classes are taught outside and shade is available but limited. Please check the weather and plan accordingly for your comfort and safety during the practice.

Participants are asked to please provide their own mats, sweat towel, water bottles and  sunscreen.  Participants will have room for appropriate social distancing in our outdoor garden setting. Classes are subject to cancellation if there is inclement weather.

Thursdays | 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. | $15

Garden BodyFLOW#

people doing yoga

Get moving in The Gardens with this special Garden BodyFLOW class lead by Rain Tree Athletic Club instructors.  BodyFLOW is a yoga-based class that will improve your flexibility and increase core strength while you reduce stress levels. Class takes place before hours; registration required.

Sunday, July 18  |  9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  |  $15

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Gardens Bootcamp#

people exercising

Get your heart pumping in The Gardens with this special Garden Bootcamp class lead by Rain Tree Athletic Club instructors. Bootcamp is a high intensity class that focuses on building strength and aerobic endurance through intervals and a whole-body focus. Class takes place after hours; registration required.

Thursday, August 26  |  5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  |  $15

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