You can be sure your gift to the Gardens on Spring Creek will be used efficiently and effectively to enrich the lives of people and foster environmental stewardship.
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.
Saturday, August 18
Embrace the natural setting of our botanical gardens at our restorative summer series, Yoga in the Gardens. Set in the lawn of the North Patio, this class is for all skill levels. Taught by a Family Balance Yoga instructor, get ready to start your day in a beautiful way. Geared especially towards adults or those 12 years and over.
Bring your own mat, water bottle, and sunscreen.
Excite your taste buds with the freshness of the garden harvest and learn some new cooking techniques while having fun making a meal in our Outdoor Kitchen. Hands-on classes are taught by the Cooking Studio Fort Collins and wine tasting provided by Wilbur’s.
Students must be 21 yrs. & up.
Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
August 16: Pizza, Pesto, and Pistou - Canceled
The Garden has never been this fresh! Summer - A perfect time to fire up the grill and get the pizza cooking. Join us for an evening of Pizzas, Pestos, Pistous with fresh produce and herbs from The Gardens and expert cooking instruction from the Cooking Studio Fort Collins. This is a hands-on cooking experience come ready to learn, cook and savor.
August 30: Celebrating Tomatoes
A true jewel of the garden, the tomato is one of the Gardens on Spring Creek's specialties! Come taste and explore the beautiful diversity of tomatoes busting out of The Gardens and learn how to incorporate them into your cooking with the expert instruction of chefs from the Cooking Studio Fort Collins. As a team, we will be creating a delicious selection of new and mouthwatering tomato dishes.
September 6: Wrapping up the Gardens: Wraps, Rolls, and Dumplings
Harvest is wrapping up and so are we! Join the Cooking Studio Fort Collins at The Gardens and learn to create a fabulous selection of wraps, rolls, and dumplings filled with fresh produce harvested right from our site. This hands-on class will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make these delicious treats for all your friends and family.
September 20: Mild to Wild Chiles
A crowd favorite, the chiles of the Gardens on Spring Creek are like no other! Peppery, sweet, tangy, hot, poblanos, ethnic sweets, Anaheim, bells and more; we always have an inspiring selection. Come explore these delicious garden treasures while working as a team to incorporate them into mouthwatering dishes created by the Cooking Studio Fort Collins.
September 27: Garden Fresh Homemade Pastas
There is a chill in the air, and it is time to savor the flavors of The Gardens with some homemade pasta! Come learn the art of creating beautiful and delicious homemade pasta paired with delicious fresh garden produce with the Cooking Studio Fort Collins.
Have you heard about urban homesteading? Curious about what it is all about? Then, this class is made for you. Find out what urban homesteading is and learn what is possible in a small urban setting in northern Colorado.
Instructor: Connie Meyer, Urban Overalls
Saturday, September 15; 10 a.m.-Noon
Learn about the science behind composting in your own backyard. We will discuss the different types of materials to include in a compost setup as well as different methods by which to achieve a good compost system. Class will include a tour of the Gardens on Spring Creek’s compost systems.
Instructor: Cassie Anderson, CSU Extension - Master Gardener Coordinator, Adams County
Saturday, September 29; 10 a.m.-Noon
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.
Instructor: Maria Fenty C.M.T., Certified Forest Therapy Guide with Nature and BodyWork Therapies
Saturday, September 29; 1-3 p.m.
Viewing the gold and red aspen trees surrounded by pine and spruce and framed by majestic peaks or wandering the riparian areas on the plains is a photographer’s dream come true. Join local freelance nature and travel photographer Bob Dean, and learn how to capture images of this wonderous time.
Instructor: Bob Dean, Views of Nature Photography
Saturday, October 6; 10 a.m.-Noon
Spend the afternoon in The Gardens enjoying the colors and textures of fall while learning about how native gardens feed wildlife over the winter. During this class, we will introduce students to many common native plants, how best to establish new plants in the fall, and prepare them for winter with some easy gardening tricks. Note: Class is subsidized by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation practices.
Instructor: Ann Grant, Colorado Native Plant Master Gardener
Saturday, Oct 6, 1-3 p.m.
From a birds-eye view, learn how to create wildlife-friendly gardens to combat the loss of open spaces and create green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas. We will also tour The Gardens to see plants that you can plant to attract birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Note: Class is subsidized by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation practices
Instructor: Diane Banta, Larimer County Native Plant Master Gardener
Saturday, October 13; 10 a.m.-Noon
Learn how to prepare your vegetable garden and fruit trees for the Colorado winter. Topics include mulching, pruning and winter watering, among others. Season extension will also be covered so you can harvest later into the fall and earlier in the spring.
Instructor: Andrea Vanderbilt from Teach Me to Grow
Saturday, October 13; 1-3 p.m.
Come see exotic orchids in flower brought to you by the Hi-country Orchid Club. This show will include a variety of breathtaking orchids, educational exhibits, experts on hand to answer your questions, and repotting demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Drop-ins are welcome. Suggested donation of $5/adult; $2/child.