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  • High Plains Landscape Workshop - (March 4, 2017)
    A one-day workshop for homeowners and professionals designed to promote high quality, sustainable landscapes that reflect a sense of place in Colorado's northern Front Range.
  • Xeriscape Garden Party - (June 17, 2017)
    Get advice and take a guided tour of the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden with landscape professionals.
  • Xeriscape Incentive Program - (Currently enrolling)
    Fort Collins Utilities offers rebates for your next xeriscape project.

Spring Classes at the Gardens on Spring Creek

Saturdays
The Gardens on Spring Creek
2145 Centre Ave.


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Sponsored by Fort Collins Utilities and Gardens on Spring Creek

March 11, 10 a.m.-noon, $10
Compost: Buying It, Making It, Using It
Adding compost is important for good soil management in our Colorado landscapes. Join us to learn if you should buy or make it and how much to add. Instructor: Jean Reeder, Ph.D., Soil Ecologist

April 1, 1-3 p.m. $10
Concrete Paver Patios, Paths and Driveways: Traditional versus Permeable
Learn the basics of constructing an interlocking concrete paver patio, path or driveway. Discussions will include the traditional method, and how permeable offers a sustainable alternative. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of each and how they relate to water quality and conservation. Instructor: Dave Doyle, Owner, Summit Lawn and Landscape

April 8, 1-3 p.m. $10
Turf Doctor: What is Your Lawn Saying?
Learn about your landscape and the sprinkler system that keeps it green. Also learn new ways to keep your yard flourishing, while reducing water costs. Also learn to recognize and treat problems like fungus,insects and other turf diseases. Instructor: Eric Olson, Water Conservation Coordinator, Fort Collins Utilities

April 15, 10 a.m.-noon, $10
Habitat Hero: Wildscaping 101 and Plant Walk
Discover how to create wildlife-friendly gardens and green corridors that link your wildscape to larger natural areas. Also tour Gardens on Spring Creek to see plants that attract birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Instructor: Jaime Weiss, Habitat Hero Coordinator, Audubon Rockies

April 29, 10 a.m.-noon, $10
Not the Usual Suspects: Underused Perennials
This class features uncommon, yet easy to grow drought tolerant plants – including many that will be available at the Gardens on Spring Creek’s Spring Plant Sale. Learn about multi-season and longblooming varieties, plants that benefit pollinators,and cultivars that your neighbors will envy. Instructor: Sherry Fuller, Curator, Gardens on Spring Creek

May 20, 10 a.m.-noon, $10
Just Drip It!
This hands-on class covers the basics of drip irrigation and how each component fits together to create a simple watering system for patios, vegetable gardens or flower beds. Upon completion, you will know how to design, install and troubleshoot your own system. Instructor: Dillon Hancock, Horticulturist, Gardens on Spring Creek

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