Classes & events

 Classes & events

Xeriscape garden

We are committed to the intelligent use of water. We provide classes with experienced instructors to help you make the best use of this precious resource.

There is no charge for classes and reservations are not required, unless otherwise noted; however, seating is limited and first come, first served.

All classes are held at Colorado Springs Utilities Conservation and Environmental Center, 2855 Mesa Road, home of our beautiful xeriscape demonstration garden. For more information call (719) 668-8232. Facility map and directions for parking.

2015 classes

April
  • Saturday, April 11, 9 to 10 a.m.: Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape
  • Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Discover the Possibilities of Xeriscape
  • Saturday, April 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Drip Irrigation DIY 
    • Limited class size. Call 719-668-8232 to register.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Creative Container Gardening 
  • Saturday, April 25, 9 to 11 a.m.: Landscape Install Workshop 
    • Limited class size. Call 719-668-8232 to register.

 May

  • Saturday, May 2, 9 to 10:30 a.m: Smart Water-Wise Landscape Design
  • Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Drip Irrigation DIY
    • Limited class size. Call 719-668-8232 to register.
  • Saturday, May 16, 9 to 10 a.m: Blue Grama and Buffalograss Lawns
  • Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m, Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening
  • Wednesday, May 27, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.: Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden

June

  • Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Updating Your Sprinkler System with Rebates  
  • Wednesday, June 10, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Save Water and Money in Your Commercial Landscape
  • Saturday, June 13, 9 to 10 a.m.: Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape 
  • Saturday, June 20, 9 to 10 a.m.: Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening    
  • Wednesday, June 24, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.: Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden

July

  • Wednesday, July 15, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.: Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden 

August

  • Wednesday, August 12, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.: Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden

Class descriptions

Discover the Possibilities of Xeriscape
Instructor: Molly Morris, Horticulture Staff, Colorado Springs Utilities
Gain inspiration from water-wise Colorado landscapes. Explore successful approaches that work in our climate. Learn what’s involved in renovating your yard toward one of sustainable beauty that withstands periodic drought.

Smart Water-Wise Landscape Design

Instructor: Lisa Pace, Landscape Designer, Colorado Springs Utilities
Designing your yard for sustainable, water-wise beauty is critical. Learn from an experienced local designer how to begin creating a thoughtful plan, how to approach common challenges and essential do’s and don’ts. 

Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape
Instructor: Danielle Summers, Landscape Designer
Interested in Xeriscaping, and want to learn more about easy, reliable, low water plants? This class covers everything from trees to perennials with pictures and plant descriptions. Check out this class if you are a newbie to gardening in the Pikes Peak region.

Creative Container Gardening
Instructor: Catherine Moravec, Horticulturalist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Growing plants in containers can add unique highlights and pizazz to your yard with minimal water use. We'll review design considerations and a list of plants that grow well in Colorado Springs. Learn the best "soil," watering methods, and plant care techniques to help your plants thrive all summer long.

Landscape Installation Workshop
Instructor: Lisa Pace, Landscape Designer, Colorado Springs Utilities
So you want more than just grass? Come get your hands dirty at this hands-on workshop.  Learn the essentials of installing a landscape such as: the correct method to plant trees and shrubs, how to build landscape features like berms and dry streambeds and how and where to use mulch. 

Drip Irrigation DIY
Instructor: Steve Loy, Irrigation and Landscape Contractor 
A mixture of lecture and hands-on activities, we'll cover the advantages of drip irrigation, choices of components, how to design a system, and guidelines to provide the right amount of water to your plants.

Blue Grama and Buffalograss Lawns
Instructor: Catherine Moravec, Horticulturalist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Tired of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn? Come learn what other grass options exist, and which one is best for you. Learn what's required to prepare a site, then install and maintain them. We'll cover all the options, with an emphasis on blue grama and buffalograss.

Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening
Instructor: Elise Bowan, Professional Gardener, AspenPointe
Growing veggies can be water intensive, but well worth it! Come learn about gardening techniques that help cut back on water use in the veggie garden, edible plants that use less water, and ways to water your garden that put every drop to good use.

Updating Your Sprinkler System with Rebates
Instructor: Eric Becker, Irrigation Specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities
Take advantage of CSU irrigation system rebates to update your sprinkler system. Learn how to retrofit your current system utilizing state-of–the-art water efficient equipment while saving money.

Save Water and Money in Your Commercial Landscape
Instructor: Lisa Pace, Landscape Designer, Colorado Springs Utilities
Make your commercial landscape stand out while saving money and water. Learn about the commercial landscape balance between beauty, maintenance, water conservation and costs. This class is great for owners, property managers and HOA associations.

Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden
We’ll show you what low-water plants look like in their mature form, point out solutions to common landscape challenges and highlight eye-catching plant combinations. Tours will highlight plants in bloom.