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  Hours/Location

Hours

  • Open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Open late (until 8 p.m.) every Wednesday (May-October)
  • Last paid entry is one hour prior to closing

Admission

Includes the Butterfly House
  • Adult: $11
  • Adult 65+/Military: $9
  • Child (2-17 yrs.): $8
  • Student w/ID: $8
  • Members are free

Contact/Location

Hours

  • Open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Open late (until 8 p.m.) every Wednesday (May-October)
  • Last paid entry is one hour prior to closing

Admission

Includes the Butterfly House
  • Adult: $11
  • Adult 65+/Military: $9
  • Child (2-17 yrs.): $8
  • Student w/ID: $8
  • Members are free

Contact/Location

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.

Soil Savvy Series: February is Love your Soil month. As gardeners we all love our soil, but how much do we really know about it? Over 80% of any landscape or garden plant problems you will encounter are associated with their soil. Healthy plants require healthy soil, but most people know very little about the condition of their soil. Join us for an in-depth dive into the rich, diverse and vital ecosystem supporting life on earth. We encourage you to take the series together as they build upon one another. However, each class can be taken individually.

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. 

Soil Savvy Series

Soil Savvy Series

Soil Savvy Series
 

February is Love your Soil month! As gardeners we all love our soil, but how much do we really know about it? Over 80% of any landscape or garden plant problems you will encounter are associated with soil. Healthy plants require healthy soil, but most people know very little about the condition of their soil. Join us for an in-depth dive into the rich, diverse and vital ecosystem supporting life on earth.

We encourage you to take the series together as they build upon one another. However, each class can be taken individually.

Cost: $75 for all 5 classes

  • Introduction to Soil Health and Management - Feb 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Exploring the Physical Proprieties of Soil - Feb 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Exploring the Chemical Properties of Soil - Feb 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Exploring the Soil's Biological and Organic Properties - Feb 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Using Soil Testing as a Landscape Management Tool - Feb 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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Introduction to Soil Health and Management

Introduction to Soil Health and Management
 

Kick off our Soil Savvy Series falling in love with the richest ecosystem on earth, the soil. Soil is essential for a healthy garden. Join our soil expert and learn all about what it is made of, how it is formed, what makes it healthy, and an introduction to the physical, chemical and biological properties of healthy soil that supports healthy plants. Some management do's and don'ts to improve and maintain soil health will be discussed.

Instructor: Jean Reeder, Ph.D. Soil Ecologist

Date: Feb 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Exploring the Physical Proprieties of Soil

Exploring the Physical Proprieties of Soil
 

Our second class in the Soil Savvy Series is all about the physical properties of soil. Expand your soil knowledge to better understand the diversity of soils and how the physical properties of structure, texture and compaction impact the health and growing potential of your soil. We will discuss management practices that optimize the physical condition of the soil for root growth, emphasizing methods to mitigate compaction, and proper irrigation protocols.

Note to students: You do not have to have taken other Soil Savvy Series classes, but the background knowledge is helpful.

Instructor: Jean Reeder, Ph.D. Soil Ecologist

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

Cost: $18

Register

Exploring the Chemical Properties of Soil

Exploring the Chemical Properties of Soil
 

Ever wonder why there are so many different chemicals in fertilizers? Our third class in the Soil Savvy Series is all about the chemical properties of soil; pH, salinity and nutrient dynamics.  We will discuss which elements are necessary for plant growth, the soil sources of these nutrients, the effect of soil pH on nutrient availability to plants, and the best practices and pitfalls around the additions of fertilizers and other soil amendments. 

Note to students: You do not need to have taken other Soil Savvy Series classes, but the background knowledge is helpful.

Instructor: Jean Reeder, Ph.D. Soil Ecologist

Date: Feb 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Exploring the Soil Biological and Organic Properties

Exploring the Soil Biological and Organic Properties
 

Our fourth class in the Soil Savvy Series is all about the organic properties of soil. Healthy soils are teaming with living organisms.  Every acre of soil is home to more than two tons of living things.  The activities of soil organisms influence plant growth and health both directly and indirectly.  This class will discuss managing soil organisms to promote soil and plant health, the nature and functions of soil organic matter, and how to make, buy and use compost.

Note to Students: You do not need to have taken other Soil Savvy Series classes, but the background knowledge is helpful.

Instructor: Jean Reeder, Ph.D. Soil Ecologist

Date: Feb 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Using Soil Testing as a Landscape Management Tool

Using Soil Testing as a Landscape Management Tool
 

Our final class in the Soil Savvy Series will bring it all together with soil testing. A soil test is the best way to check the growing potential of your landscape and garden.  It will tell you what you need to know about the chemical and organic properties of your soil. We will cover how to properly collect soil samples, look at examples of actual CSU Soil Test reports and interpret and discuss management practices appropriate to the soil properties described in the test reports. 

Note to Students: You do not need to have taken other Soil Savvy Series classes, but the background knowledge is helpful. Students may bring their own soil test reports for discussion.

Instructor: Jean Reeder, Ph.D. Soil Ecologist

Date: Feb 22, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Urban Homesteading

Demystifying your Home Veggie Garden

Veggie garden cabbage
 

Vegetable gardening is easier than you think. In this demo filled workshop you will learn how to set up your garden for optimal success and minimal work. We will cover topics including basic irrigation, using organic fertilizers and setting up frost and hail protection.

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

Date: Feb 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Backyard Greenhouses

Backyard Greenhouses
 

Learn basic greenhouse styles that would be suitable for backyard locations.  Glazing materials will be covered along with heating, venting and cooling of greenhouses. Types of greenhouse benches will be covered along with basic crop scheduling.  Students will tour greenhouse structures located at the gardens.  

Note to students: Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking outdoors.

Instructor: Ted Schaaf, Adjunct instructor at FRCC teaching Greenhouse Management

Date: Feb 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Intro to Urban Homesteading

Intro to Urban Homesteading
 

Have you heard about urban homesteading? Curious about what it all about? This class is for you. Find out what urban homesteading is all about and learn what is possible in an urban setting in northern Colorado.

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

Date: Feb 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Seed Starting Made Simple

Seed Starting Made Simple
 

Learn the secrets to successfully starting seeds indoors so you can enjoy the satisfaction of getting a head start on your spring garden, including vegetables, annuals and herbs.  This class will cover lighting, seed sources, hardening off and saving seed. Take home seeds of a few of our favorite varieties. 

Instructor: Kelly Kellow, Horticulturalist, Gardens on Spring Creek Horticulturalist

Date: March 14, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Setting up your Cheese Making Space

Setting up your Cheese Making Space
 

Whether you always dreamed of making cheese at home or already dapple in curds and whey, this class is for you. We will dig into smart milk sourcing, choosing the right ingredients, finding the right tools, and the basic process. We will not be making cheese during this class.

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

Date: March 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Grow Your Own Veggies

Grow Your Own Veggies
 

Create your own food-producing gardens at home. Get tips on garden size, site selection, container possibilities, choosing seeds and transplants.  Learn how and when to plant, tend and harvest your garden. The Gardens Spring Plant Sale list of veggies will be provided with some fan favorites highlighted.

Instructor: Mary Miller, Community Garden Outreach Coordinator, The Gardens on Spring Creek

Date: March 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Cheese Making Basics

Cheese Making Basics
 

A fun introduction to making your own fresh, creamy homemade ricotta. It is easier than you can imagine and so decadent, you will never go back to store bought. Material list, instruction, and ample tastings provided.

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

Date: April 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

Register

Designing, Building and Planting Raised Beds for Vegetables

Designing, Building and Planting Raised Beds for Vegetables
 

You’ll learn the advantages and disadvantages of growing plants in raised beds, how to size, design and build them from wood timbers and concrete blocks, and how to plant to optimize vegetable productivity.

Instructors: Dave Doyle, Owner, Summit Lawn & Landscaping (www.summitlawnandlandscape.com ) and Mary Miller, Community Garden Outreach Coordinator, The Gardens on Spring Creek

Date: April 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Rain Barrels 101

Rain Barrels 101
 

Rain Barrel workshops are the perfect way to take the next step in rainwater harvesting at your home. You will receive an introduction to rainwater harvesting, instructions on how to install and maintain your rain barrel at home, convert your barrel into a rain barrel, then be able to decorate it (weather permitting.) Having or purchasing a rain barrel is not required for the class but you are able to purchase barrels through The Gardens ahead of time.       

Note to Students: If you order a barrel please bring a vehicle large enough to transport it home. The first 1.5 hours will be instruction and the last 30 mins will be installing hardware and decorating the barrels, if you desire. The barrel pictured is what is included. If you would like to upgrade your barrel please contact aW5mb0Bjb2xvcmFkb3JhaW5jYXRjaGVyLmNvbQ==

Instructors: Jessica Thrasher, Director of Headwaters Institute (https://www.headwaterseducation.org/ ) and Vivian Montalvo with Colorado Rain Catcher (https://www.coloradoraincatcher.com/)

Date: April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $10* with the option of $75 rain barrel add on
(*Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation)

 

Register

Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens
 

Learn everything it takes to bring some feathered friends to your backyard. We will cover the best breeds for the city, care, and city ordinances.

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

Date: May 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

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Making Homemade Butter

Making Homemade Butter
 

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 and create compound butters with honey, herbs and spices. Material list, instruction, and ample tastings provided.

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

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

Cost: $30

Register

Vegetable Troubleshooting: Managing Pests and Diseases

Vegetable Troubleshooting: Managing Pests and Diseases
 

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: $18

Register

Maximizing and Extending your Vegetable Harvest

Maximizing and Extending your Vegetable Harvest
 

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: $18

Register

Art

Hammered Metal Jewelry

Hammered Metal Jewelry
 

Learn to make your own metal jewelry. During this class we will discuss the use of different metals and textures, how to properly stamp, texture, and assemble jewelry pieces. You'll have the option to make a necklace, bracelet, pair of earrings, or a ring! Each design can be customized with textures, shapes, or letters. Additional pieces can be made for small cost!

Note to students: Ear protection and gloves will be provided but you can bring your own if you prefer. Some parts are small, so if you need a magnifying glass please bring it.

Instructor: Lacey Walker, Local Artesian and Chief Teaching Unicorn at Rebel Unicorn Crafts (https://www.rebelunicorncrafts.com/)

Date: Feb 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

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An Introduction to Watercolors

An Introduction to Watercolors
 

This one-day workshop will start your watercolor journey. You will learn the fundamentals of the watercolor medium and the exciting way of applying paint in a fresh and vibrant way. The day will be spent setting up our palette of paints, learning and painting varied techniques and applying them in a simple painting. This information will be the jump-start you need to become a watercolor artist indoors and out in nature!

Note 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: Feb 8, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $80

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Fluid Canvas Painting

Fluid Canvas Painting
 

Ready to get messy? Fluid painting is mesmerizing and addicting. During this class, we will create a 12 x 16 swirling bubbly piece of art using acrylic paint, oil, thinning agents, and sometimes fire. This is a relaxing way to create a unique piece of art! This class will cover several techniques for getting different results in the fluid pour.                    

Note to students: All materials will be provided as well as a vessel and list of materials in which to play with the painting style at home. Please wear clothes that can get messy and you may want to bring something to lay under the painting for transportation.

Instructor: Lacey Walker, Local Artesian and Chief Teaching Unicorn at Rebel Unicorn Crafts (https://www.rebelunicorncrafts.com/)

Date: Feb 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

Register

Watercolors: Butterflies Gone Wild

Watercolors: Butterflies Gone Wild
 

This one-day workshop will be a fun and expressive time of "capturing butterflies" in watercolor! Geared for the student that is already familiar with watercolors, we will learn different techniques, that will allow for a more creative - impressionist approach to painting butterflies.  The instructor will provide photos to work from and some additional supplies. If you have a your own, please bring along.

Note to students: The student will need to be familiar with the watercolor medium and provide their own supplies, supply list will be provided upon registration.

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

Date: Feb 29, 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Cost: $80

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Beginning Nature Photography in the Garden

Beginning Nature Photography in the Garden
 

This introductory course looks at what makes a strong photographic image. We cover camera basics, the craft of making images and basic composition. This course is great for beginners using point and shoot cameras or more advanced DSLR cameras.

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.

Instructor: Bob Dean, Professional Nature and Travel Photographer with View of Nature Photography (https://www.viewsofnaturephoto.com/)

Date: March 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

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Watercolor Journaling: Butterflies

Watercolor Journaling: Butterflies
 

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 dynamic shapes and colors of butterflies up close in the Butterfly House 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: March 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

Register

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: April 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

Register

Macro Photography in the Gardens

Macro Photography in the Gardens
 

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.

Instructor: Bob Dean, Professional Nature and Travel Photographer with View of Nature Photography https://www.viewsofnaturephoto.com/

Date: April 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

Register

Gardening

Demystifying your Home Veggie Garden

Demystifying your Home Veggie Garden
 

Vegetable gardening is easier than you think. In this demo filled workshop you will learn how to set up your garden for optimal success and minimal work. We will cover topics including basic irrigation, using organic fertilizers and setting up frost and hail protection.

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

Date: Feb 8th 10:30-12:30

Cost: $18

Register

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Emerald Ash Borer Update
 

Emerald Ash Borer has moved into the neighborhood. This class will provide an update on the most recent status of this destructive beetle and information to properly identify and determine treatment options for emerald ash borer.   

Ralph Zentz, Assistant City Forester with the City of Fort Collins

Feb 8th 1:30-3:00

FREE

Register

Backyard Greenhouses

Backyard Greenhouses
 

Learn basic greenhouse styles that would be suitable for backyard locations.  Glazing materials will be covered along with heating, venting and cooling of greenhouses. Types of greenhouse benches will be covered along with basic crop scheduling.  Students will tour greenhouse structures located at the gardens.  

Note to students: Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking outdoors.

Instructor: Ted Schaaf, Adjunct instructor at FRCC teaching Greenhouse Management.       

Date: Feb 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Trees to Replace Ash

Trees to Replace Ash
 

The emerald ash borer was confirmed in Larimer County in September 2019, the time to start looking at building your ash tree's succession plan is now.  This class will focus on replacement options for ash, but also cover a brief biology of the insect and options for homeowners who have ash trees.

Instructor: Alison O'Connor, CSU Horticulture Extension Agent, Larimer County

Date: Feb 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Summer Blooming Bulbs and Tubers

Summer Blooming Bulbs and Tubers
 

Dahlias, canna, banana plants, and caladiums! These spring-planted bulbs and tubers provide a "tropical" feel to landscapes during the summer months. Learn how to plant, design with, care for, and overwinter these plants.

Instructor: Alison O'Connor, CSU Horticulture Extension Agent, Larimer County

Date: Feb 29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Seed Starting Made Simple

Seed Starting Made Simple
 

Learn the secrets to successfully starting seeds indoors so you can enjoy the satisfaction of getting a head start on your spring garden, including vegetables, annuals and herbs.  This class will cover lighting, seed sources, hardening off and saving seed. Take home seeds of a few of our favorite varieties. 

Instructor: Kelly Kellow, Horticulturalist, Gardens on Spring Creek 

Date: March 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Grow Your Own Veggies

Grow Your Own Veggies
 

Create your own food-producing gardens at home.  Get tips on garden size, site selection, container possibilities, choosing seeds and transplants.  Learn how and when to plant, tend and harvest your garden. The Gardens Spring Plant Sale list of veggies will be provided with some fan favorites highlighted.

Instructor: Mary Miller, Community Garden Outreach Coordinator, The Gardens on Spring Creek

Date: March 28, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Planting for Pollinators

Planting for Pollinators
 

Learn how to create a beautiful and ecologically beneficial garden to attractive all forms of pollinators.  The class with cover basic Fort Collins pollinator identification, list of plant varieties that support pollinators and how to incorporate these plants and nesting structure into your existing garden design.  

Instructor: Kelly Kellow, Horticulturalist, Gardens on Spring Creek 

Date: April 4th 10:30-12:30

Cost: $18

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Uncommon and Underused Perennials

Uncommon and Underused Perennials
 

Learn uncommon yet easy to grow plants including many that will be available at our Spring Plant Sale.  Most are drought tolerant; we’ll also look at varieties great for pollinators, with long bloom times, natives and species your neighbors will envy, among other themes.  Leave with a great plant list for your garden!

Instructor: Sherry Fuller, Curator, The Gardens on Spring Creek

Date: April 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Giant Sequoia: The Amazing Story of the World's Largest Tree

Giant Sequoia: The Amazing Story of the World's Largest Tree
 

Giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, is an amazing species with a fascinating natural history. This pictorial lecture records Tim Buchanan's visit to groves of giant sequoias in California. Visit with the Garden's giant sequoia and learn detailed information about the species' identification, ecology, growth and threats.

Instructor: Tim Buchanan, Urban Forester

Date: May 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Vegetable Troubleshooting: Managing Pests and Diseases

Vegetable Troubleshooting: Managing Pests and Diseases
 

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: $18

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

Maximizing and Extending your Vegetable Harvest
 

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: $18

Register

Garden Design, Irrigation, and Construction

Sustainable Garden Design Workshop

Sustainable Garden Design Workshop
 

Demystify the design process by working side by side with designers Anne Clark, Sally Guthart, and Loretta Mannix and learn the secrets of successful landscape design. The skills you will acquire in this workshop - how to analyze your site, develop your plan, and select and arrange the best plants for your site - are the tools needed to design your own beautiful, sustainable and wildlife-friendly landscape for the arid Colorado high plains. The morning will be lecture-style learning and the afternoon will be ‘hands-on’ experience. This workshop will give you the skills to transform your garden but will not include time for one-on-one consultation.

Note to students:  We will be working inside and outside so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking outdoors.

Instructors: Anne Clark (http://anneclarkdesign.com/) , Loretta Mannix (http://www.thehortconsult.com/) and Sally Guthart (https://earthbornlandscape.com/about/)Local Landscape Designers and Horticulture Consultants 

Date: Feb 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $55 (Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation)

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Installing Your Own Pavers

Installing Your Own Pavers
 

Learn the basics of designing, preparing the space, and installing your own pavers from the professionals. During this class, we will cover the process from start to finish of an interlocking concrete paver patio installation. 

Instructor: Dave Doyle, Owner, Summit Lawn & Landscaping (www.summitlawnandlandscape.com)

Date: March 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Register

Designing, Building and Planting Raised Beds for Vegetables

Designing, Building and Planting Raised Beds for Vegetables
 

You’ll learn the advantages and disadvantages of growing plants in raised beds, how to size, design and build them from wood timbers and concrete blocks, and how to plant to optimize vegetable productivity.

Instructors: Dave Doyle, Owner, Summit Lawn & Landscaping (www.summitlawnandlandscape.com ) and Mary Miller, Community Garden Outreach Coordinator, The Gardens on Spring Creek

Date: April 18, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

Register

Converting Your Irrigation System

Converting Your Irrigation System
 

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.

Note to students: Portions of the class will be outside and hands on - please dress appropriately.

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

Date: April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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

Register

The Foothills Garden

The Foothills Garden
 

Delve into our new Foothills Garden inspired by our beautiful local landscape.  Spend time with the designer and lead horticulturist of this garden to get a better sense of the design and maintenance. Then get inspired to add native plants to your garden with a closer look at some of our favorites there. 

Note to students:  Weather permitting, we will walk through the Garden at the end of the class.  Please wear appropriate shoes for walking on uneven terrain and appropriate clothes. ADA paths are available.

Instructor: Sherry Fuller, Curator, The Gardens on Spring Creek

Date: April 25, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

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Building a Rain Garden

Building a Rain Garden
 

Learn how to create your own rain garden oasis! Rain gardens are beautiful gardens, full of native plants, that are watered only with the rain. During this class we will cover design, sizing, and plant choice to conserve water and save money on your water bill!

Instructor: Jessica Thrasher, Director of Headwaters Institute (https://www.headwaterseducation.org/)

Date: April 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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

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Waterwise Landscape Design

Waterwise Landscape Design
 

Learn how to plan and design your garden with water in mind. During this class, we will focus on how to shape your landscape to use water more efficiently and to reduce the overall use. We will cover plant choices, irrigation audits, landscape features and more. There will be an opportunity to sketch a simple landscape design and get feedback from instructor. Come with ideas in mind!

Instructor: Deryn Davidson, CSU Horticulture Extension Agent, Boulder County

Date: May 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

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Just Drip It!

Just Drip It!
 

This 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 cover residential applications for our climate and plant materials.

Instructor: Jason Brown with Summit Lawn and Landscape (https://summitlawn.com/)

Date: May 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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

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The Prairie Garden

The Prairie Garden
 

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.

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: Bryan Fischer, Horticulturalist, Gardens on Spring Creek 

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

Cost: $18

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Converting Your Irrigation System

Converting Your Irrigation System
 

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.-12:30 p.m.

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

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The Frugal Landscaper: When to save and when to splurge

The Frugal Landscaper: When to save and when to splurge
 

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)

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The Themed Gardens

The Themed Gardens
 

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 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

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Cooking and Wellness

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. Waiver 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: March 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $18

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Splendid Spring Soups

Splendid Spring Soups
 

Fresh and bright soups to “spring” us into this lovely new season. Come try Margaret’s green pea and fennel soup with Sambuca whipped cream, grilled asparagus and endive soup with fresh peas and blue cheese, chilled strawberry basil soup and more!

Note to students:  Please let us know of any dietary restrictions and we will make sure we communicate ingredients clearly. All her recipes are Gluten Free. Margaret will also have her cookbooks available for purchase.

Instructor: Margaret Gilfoyle, Gluten free chef and published author (https://pachamamasbeautifulfood.com/)

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

Cost: $30

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Plant-based Me! Exploring the power of a primarily plant-based diet

Plant-based Me! Exploring the power of a primarily plant-based diet
 

Take a dive into the world of plant-based, plant-slant, vegan, and more...through lecture, workshop and delicious tastings. In this 2-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: $30

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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

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Gorgeous Spring Salads

Gorgeous Spring Salads
 

Let the incoming deluge of beautiful spring produce inspire us to create celebrations! Flavors will include baby beet, snap pea and spinach salad with cherry toasted walnut honey balsamic vinaigrette, garlic roasted beet caprese with basil and orange, and more…

Note to students: Please let us know of any food allergies. Also, her books will be available for purchase.

Instructor: Margaret Gilfoyle, Gluten free chef and author (https://pachamamasbeautifulfood.com/)

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

Cost: $30

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Waterwise and Sustainability

Sustainable Garden Design Workshop

Sustainable Garden Design Workshop
 

Demystify the design process by working side by side with designers Anne Clark, Sally Guthart, and Loretta Mannix and learn the secrets of successful landscape design. The skills you will acquire in this workshop - how to analyze your site, develop your plan, and select and arrange the best plants for your site - are the tools needed to design your own beautiful, sustainable and wildlife-friendly landscape for the arid Colorado high plains. The morning will be lecture-style learning and the afternoon will be ‘hands-on’ experience. This workshop will give you the skills to transform your garden but will not include time for one-on-one consultation.

Note to students: We will be working inside and outside so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking outdoors.

Instructors: Anne Clark (http://anneclarkdesign.com/) , Loretta Mannix (http://www.thehortconsult.com/) and Sally Guthart (https://earthbornlandscape.com/about/ )Local Landscape Designers and Horticulture Consultants

Date: Feb 22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $55 (Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation)

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Installing Your Own Pavers

Installing Your Own Pavers
 

Learn the basics of designing, preparing the space, and installing your own pavers from the professionals. During this class, we will cover the process from start to finish of an interlocking concrete paver patio installation. 

Instructor: Dave Doyle, Owner, Summit Lawn & Landscaping (www.summitlawnandlandscape.com

Date: March 21, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

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Converting Your Irrigation System

Converting Your Irrigation System
 

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.

Note to students: Portions of the class will be outside and hands on - please dress appropriately.

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

Date: April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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

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Rain Barrels 101

Rain Barrels 101
 

Rain barrel workshops are the perfect way to take the next step in rainwater harvesting at your home. You will receive an introduction to rainwater harvesting, instructions on how to install and maintain your rain barrel at home, convert your barrel into a rain barrel, then be able to decorate it (weather permitting.) Having or purchasing a rain barrel is not required for the class but you are able to purchase barrels through The Gardens ahead of time.      

Note to Students: If you order a barrel please bring a vehicle large enough to transport it home. The first 1.5 hours will be instruction and the last 30 mins will be installing hardware and decorating the barrels if you desire. The barrel pictured is what is included. If you would like to upgrade your barrel please contact aW5mb0Bjb2xvcmFkb3JhaW5jYXRjaGVyLmNvbQ==

Instructors: Jessica Thrasher, Director of Headwaters Institute (https://www.headwaterseducation.org/ ) and Vivian Montalvo with Colorado Rain Catcher (https://www.coloradoraincatcher.com/)

Date: April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 (Price reduced by Fort Collins Utilities to promote water conservation) with the option of $75 rain barrel add on

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Building a Rain Garden

Building a Rain Garden
 

Learn how to create your own rain garden oasis! Rain gardens are beautiful gardens, full of native plants, that are watered only with the rain. During this class we will cover design, sizing, and plant choice to conserve water and save money on your water bill!

Instructor: Jessica Thrasher, Director of Headwaters Institute (https://www.headwaterseducation.org/)

Date: April 25th 1:30-3:30

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

Register

Waterwise Landscape Design

Waterwise Landscape Design
 

Learn how to plan and design your garden with water in mind. During this class we will focus on how to shape your landscape to use water more efficiently and to reduce the overall use. We will cover plant choices, irrigation audits, landscape features and more. There will be an opportunity to sketch a simple landscape design and get feedback from instructor. Come with ideas in mind! 

Instructor: Deryn Davidson, CSU Horticulture Extension Agent, Boulder County

Date: May 16,10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Register

Just Drip It!

Just Drip It!
 

This 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 cover residential applications for our climate and plant materials.

Instructor: Jason Brown with Summit Lawn and Landscape (https://summitlawn.com/)

Date: May 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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

Register

Converting Your Irrigation System

Converting Your Irrigation System
 

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.-12:30 p.m.

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

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The Frugal Landscaper: When to save and when to splurge

The Frugal Landscaper: When to save and when to splurge
 

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)

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