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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.

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High Plains Landscape Workshop

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Saturday, March 6, 2021  |  8:30 a.m. - Noon  |  Virtual Event

The High Plains Landscape Workshop presented by Fort Collins Nursery is a one-day signature educational opportunity for inspiring smart home garden design, resulting in beautiful home landscapes in Colorado. Hosted by the Gardens on Spring Creek in partnership with the City of Fort Collins Utilities Department and Colorado State University Extension, proceeds from this important annual fundraiser benefit The Gardens.

Join us for this year’s virtual workshop to learn about adaptable plants and practices that you can bring to your own home garden. The event will feature keynote speaker Nan Sterman and will offer focused breakout sessions led by local area experts on your topic of choice.

Tickets:  $35 per person  |  Members enjoy a 10 percent discount

Breakout Sessions
Attendees will choose their own workshop path during two rounds of focused breakout sessions and will enjoy the opportunity for questions and answers with our topic experts.  Keep reading for a full list of the breakout sessions.  

Following the event, workshop participants will receive access to the recordings of all breakout sessions - eight classes for one ticket price!

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Silent Auction 
Attendees can still enjoy exciting auction offerings and support The Gardens by bidding on this year’s online auction! Stay tuned for sneak peeks and registration information.

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Keynote Presentation:#

Hot Color, Dry Garden - How to Design a Waterwise Garden Filled with Color

Designing with color is exciting, but it can also be a little intimidating and challenging to know where to start.  In this keynote presentation, garden design expert Nan Sterman demonstrates all the ways to introduce color into the garden, from plants to architecture and accessories to details.  She will highlight ways to combine colors, where to find inspiration for color palettes and uncommon color combinations that work beautifully in the garden.  By the end of this presentation, you'll be ready - and excited - to add color to your waterwise garden.

About the Keynote Speaker
Nan Sterman is an award-winning garden writer, gardening expert and horticulturist, whose approach to garden design is uniquely her own.  Because of her biology background, Sterman understands the plants and the land in ways few other designers do.  As a California native, the seasons, soils and waterwise practices are in her DNA.

Sterman regularly contributes to regional and national publications, including Sunset and Better Homes and Gardens. In addition to her writing career, Sterman is a regular radio guest, has been featured on DIY Network television specials, and is the host of TV show A Growing Passion. 

Breakout Session One:#

Jessica Thrasher Rain Garden Breakout

Cutting down on your water use does not mean removing turf and installing only rock! You can make changes to your landscape that save water and add beauty, biodiversity and habitat for wildlife and pollinators with a rain garden.

Mike Bones Breakout Session

Plants from steppe regions of the world are tough and resilient and thrive in harsh conditions. In this breakout session, participants will explore some interesting areas of the world and see some of the plants that just do their own thing without help from us.

Frank Kinder Breakout Session

In this breakout session, learn about the secrets to working with HOAs to upgrade or convert landscapes to xeric, gardens or native grass as well as make irrigation upgrades.

Eric Olson Breakout Session

In this session, participants will learn about new methods for home irrigation so you don't waste a drop.

Breakout Session Two:#

In this breakout session, participants will learn about Plant Select, the country’s leading brand of plants designed to thrive in high plains and intermountain regions, offering plants that provide more beauty with less work so gardeners of all levels can achieve smart, stunning and successful gardens using fewer resources and with a more positive environmental impact.

Are you looking for more ways to save water in your landscape? In this breakout session, learn more about how install rain barrels will provide you with an additional source of water that your plants will love!

Kelly Grummons Breakout Session

In this breakout session, participants will discuss theories for successfully starting native and other xeric plants. Various plants have different considerations for successful establishment.

Tony Koski Breakout Session

Grass selection and relatively inexpensive irrigation system upgrades can make your lawn waterwise - and beautiful!