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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.

Visit The Gardens COVID-19 guidelines page to review all of our COVID-19 guidelines and procedures.

Sustainable Backyard

Year Opened: 2013
Garden Designer:  Sally Guthart and Anne Clark, with updates by Sherry Fuller and Kelly Kellow

The Sustainable Backyard brings eco-conscious ideas to homeowners while demonstrating the use of many sustainable landscape materials.  The Gardens, in partnership with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, installed its Sustainable Backyard (in just one day!), on April 29, 2013 as part of the Planet National Day of Service. 


  • Drip irrigation
  • Raised beds and berms
  • Re-purposed materials 
  • Rock, lumber and wood chips from local sources
  • Ornamental grasses, xeric perennials and shrubs
  • Permeable paver pathway
  • Windscreen, bird thicket and dry creek
  • Turf demonstration that displays various alternatives 
  • Leaf cutter bee house
  • Container gardens