Adult Classes

March

Ornamental Grasses for the Home Garden
Four seasons of interest, color and habitat. Grasses are the unsung heroes of the garden. Learn culture, care and use of ornamental grasses for our northern Colorado urban landscape.
Instructor: Pam Brown, Master Gardener and Landscape Designer
Saturday, March 3; 10 a.m.-Noon; $18

Water-wise Landscape Basics
Interested in conserving water in your yard, but don’t know where to start? Learn how to create an attractive water-wise landscape with the Seven Principles of Xeriscape, and learn tips and tricks for landscape water efficiency. Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
Instructor: Katie Collins, Fort Collins Utilities Xeriscape program
Saturday, March 3; 1-3 p.m.; $10

High Plains Landscape Workshop - March 10

Beekeeping for Beginners
Curious about what it takes to raise and care for bees? Preparing your first hive? Learn basics of beekeeping with the resources needed to provide excellent care for your hive.
Instructor: Dr. Tom Cavanagh, Gardens on Spring Creek Beekeeper
Saturday, March 17; 10 a.m.-Noon; $18

DIY Hypertufa Troughs
These simple cement containers are great for rock garden plants, wildflowers and cacti. Learn the techniques for building and curing your planter, proper soil, and plant options for when spring comes around and bring it all together to make your own trough to take home. Note for Students: Materials for a trough (18 x 12 x 19”) will be provided. This is an outdoor class, dress for the weather in messy clothes.
Instructor: Kelly Kellow, Horticulturist, Gardens on Spring Creek
Saturday, March 17; 1-3 p.m.; $30

Colorado Native Plants
Help native plants feel at home in your garden. Gracious guests they ease the burden on the gardener! As you plan this year’s garden, we will generate a great plant list, discussing where to grow what amidst your current landscape. Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
Instructor: Diane Banta, Larimer County Native Plant Master Gardener
Saturday, March 24; 10 a.m.-Noon; $10

Colorado Gardening Hacks: Lessons from a Decade of Colorado Gardening
Join gardening expert Alison O’Connor to learn about insider tips, tricks and information to grow a successful home garden in Colorado. Plant advice, how to deal with wildlife and using weather to your advantage will be discussed. Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
Instructor: Alison O’Connor, Horticulture Agent, CSU Extension in Larimer County
Saturday, March 24; 1-3 p.m.; $10

April

Just Drip It!
This hands-on class covers the basics of drip irrigation. Learn the components’ functions and how they fit together to create a simple watering system for your patio, vegetable garden or flower beds. This class will teach you how to design and install or troubleshoot your own system. Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
Instructor: Dillon Hancock, Horticulturist, Gardens on Spring Creek
Saturday, April 7; 10 a.m.-Noon; $10

Growing Tomatoes and Peppers with Ease
Practical tips for the home gardener on the selection, growing, harvesting and cooking of tomatoes and peppers in our Colorado climate.
Instructor: Jon Weiss
Saturday, April 7; 1-3 p.m.; $18

Uncommon and Underused Perennials
Learn uncommon yet easy to grow, drought tolerant plants including many that will be available at our Spring Plant Sale. We will discuss pollinator-loving varieties, multi-season interest, long blooms, and cultivars that your neighbors will envy. Leave with a great plant list for your garden! Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
Instructor: Sherry Fuller, Curator, The Gardens on Spring Creek
Saturday, April 14; 10 a.m.-Noon; $10

Beekeeping in Spring
With dandelions blooming, bees are ready to come out of the hive. This is the busiest time of the year for the beekeeper. Learn how to remove insulation and old honeycomb, install bees, and catch a swarm. Instructor: Dr. Tom Cavanagh, Gardens on Spring Creek Beekeeper
Saturday, April 14; 1-3 p.m.; $18

New Technologies in Irrigation
Get your sprinkler tuned up for spring by learning about new technologies in irrigation. Learn all about smart controllers, sensors, pressure reduction techniques, high efficiency nozzles and spray zone to drip conversions. Get ready to get your hands on these components!
Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
Instructor: Eric Olson, City of Fort Collins Utilities
Saturday, April 21; 10 a.m.-Noon; $10

Rain Barrels 101
In our water scarce climate, rain barrels are a gift to every gardener. Learn to set–up, install, maintain and integrate your own rain catching system into your garden. This intro class will be hands on and tons of fun! Rain barrels will be available for purchase and pre-order. Note: Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation
Instructor: Pamela Churman, Colorado Rain Catcher
Saturday, April 21; 1-3 p.m.; $10
Option pre-ordered rain barrel from Colorado Rain Catcher - $75

Growing a Cut Flower Garden
Covering all aspects of growing cut flowers in Colorado, this class includes an overview of the planning, designing, preparation, planting and maintenance of your garden. We will address cultivar selection, flower harvesting and tips for flower arranging.
Instructor: Roger Heins, Horticultural Consultant and Colorado Master Gardener
Saturday, April 28; 10 a.m.-Noon; $18

Wild Wines
Rhubarb, tomatoes, rosemary – wine is not limited to grapes! Learn about and the process behind making homemade wine from anything in your garden and see the steps first-hand. You are only limited by your imagination! Tasting included. Note: Participants must be 21 years of age
Instructor: Richard Bender, Author, gardener, artist, musician and winemaker
Saturday, April 28; 1-3 p.m.; $30

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