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

May

  • 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 

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.

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. 

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.