Classes & events

 Classes & events

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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; 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.

2014 class schedule

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​April 16 Discover the Possibilities of Xeriscape​ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.​
​April 23 ​Updating Your Sprinkler System with Rebates ​6:30 to 8 p.m.
May 7​ Smart Water-Wise Landscape Design​ 6:30 to 8 p.m.​
May 10​ Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape​ 9 to 10 a.m.​
May 17​ Getting Started with Drip Irrigation​​ 9 a.m. to noon​
May 28​ Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden​ ​4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
June 4​ Updating Your Sprinkler System with Rebates 6:30 to 8 p.m.​
June 7​ Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape​ 9 to 10 a.m.​​
June 11​ Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden​​ 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.​
July 16​ Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden​​ 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.​
​Aug. 13 Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden​​ 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.​
  

Discover the Possibilities of Xeriscape
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.​
 

Getting Started with Drip Irrigation
Joe Dixon, retired irrigation contractor

In-depth instruction on drip irrigation parts and design. We will cover the advantages of drip, choices of components, how-to design a system and guidelines to provide the right amount of water to your plants.​
  

Smart Water-Wise Landscape Design
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.​
 

Updating Your Sprinkler System with Rebates
Eric Becker, irrigation specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities

Take advantage of our 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.

 

Outstanding Plants for Your Xeriscape
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.​
 

Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden

We will share 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.